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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,071Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 31 out of 2343

$1.34M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 35 out of 2343

424 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 424 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 424 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 22,544 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

38% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

57 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 799 689 1 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 768 748 2 7
SIMVASTATIN 766 691 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 751 711 4 4
FUROSEMIDE 639 611 5 6
DIOVAN 633 596 6 23
DIOVAN HCT 584 534 7 63
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 537 528 8 24
LISINOPRIL 535 503 9 3
ATENOLOL 521 487 10 12
METFORMIN HCL 467 393 11 9
NEXIUM 441 407 12 33
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 372 309 13 15
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 359 354 14 32
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 347 310 15 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 346 332 16 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 334 328 17 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 319 280 18 14
SYNTHROID 313 303 19 40
IBUPROFEN 298 277 20 75
MECLIZINE HCL 294 292 21 103
RANITIDINE HCL 293 287 22 43
PLAVIX 273 273 23 38
JANUVIA 269 244 24 50
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 264 258 25 28
CLONIDINE HCL 262 248 26 70
CRESTOR 226 219 27 30
LIPITOR 221 214 28 78
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 210 189 29 64
CARVEDILOL 207 191 30 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 206 206 31 8
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 200 198 32 42
GLIMEPIRIDE 198 191 33 45
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 196 196 34 55
ZETIA 187 174 35 52
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 186 185 R 36 154
CELEBREX 186 174 36 71
LOVAZA 185 179 38 113
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 180 154 39 11
PAROXETINE HCL 170 163 40 66
NITROSTAT 170 169 40 164
NIFEDIPINE ER 169 169 42 89
LIDODERM 166 163 43 130
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 161 159 44 147
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 153 136 45 46
GLIPIZIDE 151 129 46 56
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 148 140 47 19
NAMENDA 147 147 48 36
ALLOPURINOL 144 125 49 31
SERTRALINE HCL 144 135 49 20
VOLTAREN 143 140 51 175
CLOPIDOGREL 139 122 52 26
SINGLE USE SWAB 136 124 53 241
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 134 131 54 192
LEXAPRO 133 133 55 178
VESICARE 133 129 55 145
AZITHROMYCIN 132 113 57 39
LIDOCAINE 130 125 58 258
CREON 127 127 59 197
BENICAR 121 121 60 93
ADVAIR DISKUS 115 115 61 34
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 115 115 61 83
ALCOHOL PREP PADS 114 108 63 284
DEXILANT 112 112 64 184
TAMSULOSIN HCL 112 108 64 29
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 109 105 66 59
ACTOS 106 99 67 125
MIRTAZAPINE 103 103 68 41
LOVASTATIN 100 95 69 47
PROAIR HFA 97 91 70 86
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 96 96 71 98
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 96 79 71 127
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 94 94 73 18
BYSTOLIC 94 91 73 123
AMMONIUM LACTATE 94 87 73 228
SINGULAIR 87 84 76 100
SPIRIVA 83 81 77 48
FEXOFENADINE HCL 83 70 77 240
GLYBURIDE 81 74 R 79 62
PROPRANOLOL HCL 78 67 80 132
NIASPAN 75 69 81 141
COUMADIN 75 75 81 216
VYTORIN 75 71 81 185
RANEXA 74 74 84 272
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 72 64 85 58
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 72 72 85 87
SPIRONOLACTONE 71 60 87 65
DICYCLOMINE HCL 70 70 88 202
GABAPENTIN 69 69 89 16
HYDROCORTISONE 67 66 90 225
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 67 66 90 263
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 66 66 92 101
PRANDIN 65 65 93 140
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 65 65 S3 93 112
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 64 56 95 72
FAMOTIDINE 64 64 95 60
KLOR-CON 10 64 64 95 134
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 40 98 320
ALCOHOL SWABS 58 56 99 303
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 55 55 100 219
CITALOPRAM HBR 55 30 100 17
PEN NEEDLE 54 54 102 119
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 53 48 103 181
AVODART 53 41 103 165
HYDRALAZINE HCL 51 51 105 92
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 Sept. 27, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.