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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,612Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 45 out of 2343

$1.15M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 70 out of 2343

813 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
29% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Pennsylvania
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 813 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 813 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 21,421 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Pennsylvania
SIMVASTATIN 1,076 1,033 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 875 843 2 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 869 852 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 783 771 4 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 745 726 5 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 624 618 6 21
LISINOPRIL 602 571 7 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 601 601 8 8
OMEPRAZOLE 492 490 9 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 438 418 10 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 426 417 11 14
MIRTAZAPINE 368 367 12 41
NAMENDA 343 340 13 36
TRAMADOL HCL 318 300 14 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 306 301 15 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 265 262 16 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 230 225 17 29
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 229 218 18 55
TRAZODONE HCL 219 219 19 53
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 217 206 20 11
KLOR-CON M20 206 184 21 44
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 205 182 22 24
DIGOXIN 201 195 23 35
SERTRALINE HCL 200 183 24 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 194 181 25 19
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 188 182 26 54
RISPERIDONE 176 175 27 61
METFORMIN HCL 175 167 28 9
CARVEDILOL 168 153 29 27
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 162 160 30 77
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 159 142 31 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 152 152 32 28
DIOVAN 151 132 33 23
AZITHROMYCIN 151 131 33 39
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 147 147 35 149
PREDNISONE 147 142 35 37
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 145 128 37 58
FENTANYL 143 134 S2 38 69
RANITIDINE HCL 136 136 39 43
LIDODERM 135 130 40 130
ADVAIR DISKUS 132 114 41 34
HYDRALAZINE HCL 132 129 41 92
CLOPIDOGREL 130 129 43 26
ATENOLOL 129 119 44 12
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 127 116 45 57
GABAPENTIN 120 118 46 16
PAROXETINE HCL 120 120 46 66
NEXIUM 119 109 48 33
CYMBALTA 112 112 49 74
ALLOPURINOL 107 92 50 31
PLAVIX 106 103 51 38
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 106 104 51 72
SPIRIVA 104 95 53 48
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 103 100 54 32
MEGESTROL ACETATE 101 101 R 55 246
SPIRONOLACTONE 91 91 56 65
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 91 62 S3 56 13
DIOVAN HCT 90 87 58 63
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 88 88 59 85
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 88 88 59 83
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 84 62 61 46
GLIPIZIDE 83 83 62 56
FAMOTIDINE 82 77 63 60
CELEBREX 82 72 63 71
VESICARE 81 74 65 145
CRESTOR 80 78 66 30
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 80 55 S2 66 49
OLANZAPINE 74 73 68 121
SYNTHROID 74 61 68 40
LATANOPROST 73 71 70 200
ZETIA 73 63 70 52
LANTUS 72 71 72 51
LEVETIRACETAM 71 52 73 104
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 59 74 42
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 70 61 S3 74 112
IBUPROFEN 69 67 76 75
PROAIR HFA 66 41 77 86
FINASTERIDE 66 66 77 80
SEROQUEL 66 65 77 171
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 65 39 80 105
NOVOLOG 61 61 81 110
CEPHALEXIN 59 57 82 111
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 59 59 82 98
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 59 34 82 87
LEXAPRO 58 55 85 178
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 56 54 86 127
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 49 86 64
HUMALOG 55 55 88 131
KLOR-CON M10 55 55 88 107
MELOXICAM 53 53 90 68
TRAVATAN Z 53 53 90 278
AMIODARONE HCL 51 51 92 158
LOPERAMIDE 51 51 92 238
VERAPAMIL ER 50 50 94 95
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on Nov. 14, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.