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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,689Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 892 out of 2061

$317K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1135 out of 2061

232 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
48% 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 Ohio
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 232 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 232 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,854 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 Ohio
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 296 241 1 4
LISINOPRIL 247 196 2 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 204 197 3 12
GLIMEPIRIDE 200 160 4 33
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 199 173 5 14
FUROSEMIDE 179 160 6 6
METFORMIN HCL 175 146 7 9
GABAPENTIN 169 150 8 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 168 151 9 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 165 125 S3 10 10
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 164 159 11 75
NAMENDA 156 156 12 37
TRAMADOL HCL 149 94 13 18
OMEPRAZOLE 139 123 14 5
HYDRALAZINE HCL 115 103 15 69
DONEPEZIL HCL 112 112 16 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 105 92 17 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 104 100 18 3
SIMVASTATIN 94 85 19 1
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 89 89 20 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 85 67 21 30
MIRTAZAPINE 84 84 22 46
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 75 72 23 8
CLOPIDOGREL 71 66 24 29
AZITHROMYCIN 65 54 25 34
CARVEDILOL 62 53 26 22
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 43 27 27
CLONIDINE HCL 61 49 27 52
ATENOLOL 60 46 29 13
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 52 52 30 77
LANTUS 50 39 31 48
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. 11, 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.