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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Dermatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,468Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 223

$334K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 223

1,287 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 3,037 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

$75 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $115 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

3 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 3.


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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
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 343 263 1 2
MINOCYCLINE HCL 285 174 10 2 17
KETOCONAZOLE 254 142 3 3
BETAMETHASONE VALERATE 221 168 4 13
MUPIROCIN 210 148 5 6
HALOBETASOL PROPIONATE 181 151 6 23
DESONIDE 170 108 7 6
FLUOCINONIDE 151 90 8 4
DESOXIMETASONE 147 110 9 10
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 146 111 10 8
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 144 78 11 1
IMIQUIMOD 140 136 10 12 36
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 134 34 13 37
HYDROXYZINE HCL 132 86 R 14 16
METRONIDAZOLE 122 84 15 9
CLINDAMYCIN PHOSPHATE 116 31 16 14
CEFUROXIME 110 88 17 44
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 100 88 18 38
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 91 63 19 28
FLUCONAZOLE 82 54 20 48
PREDNISONE 82 63 20 18
HYDROCORTISONE VALERATE 80 58 22 15
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 69 54 23 5
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 May 16, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.