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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,060Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 202 out of 2343

$899K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 177 out of 2343

596 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
72% 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

19% of this provider’s 596 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 596 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 12,685 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
FUROSEMIDE 514 435 1 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 512 470 2 7
SIMVASTATIN 488 455 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 475 419 4 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 459 428 5 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 370 312 6 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 331 331 7 21
LISINOPRIL 310 282 8 3
OMEPRAZOLE 285 235 9 4
METFORMIN HCL 256 226 10 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 253 236 S3 11 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 214 185 12 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 213 159 13 17
CLOPIDOGREL 193 176 14 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 190 151 15 29
NAMENDA 184 184 16 36
LANTUS 177 111 17 51
MIRTAZAPINE 175 173 18 41
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 169 119 S2 19 49
JANUVIA 155 137 20 50
GABAPENTIN 153 102 21 16
SERTRALINE HCL 145 129 22 20
CARVEDILOL 143 112 23 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 136 112 24 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 136 133 24 10
ADVAIR DISKUS 132 118 26 34
RAMIPRIL 132 103 26 90
PLAVIX 128 114 28 38
LEVETIRACETAM 121 85 29 104
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 117 115 30 77
ATENOLOL 111 96 31 12
SPIRIVA 109 88 32 48
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 106 91 33 55
OXYCONTIN 102 57 S2 34 138
DIOVAN 101 97 35 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 101 96 35 11
FAMOTIDINE 100 85 37 60
LOVASTATIN 100 53 37 47
DIGOXIN 98 84 39 35
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 95 92 40 203
PREDNISONE 95 70 40 37
FENTANYL 94 64 S2 42 69
PAROXETINE HCL 94 83 42 66
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 93 73 44 99
RISPERIDONE 90 75 45 61
TRAZODONE HCL 89 80 46 53
TRAMADOL HCL 89 62 46 25
AZITHROMYCIN 89 52 46 39
LEVOFLOXACIN 86 75 49 106
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 84 74 50 101
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 84 71 50 32
NYSTOP 83 77 52 196
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 81 74 53 18
NOVOLOG 80 54 54 110
OXYCODONE HCL 77 12 S2 55 67
SPIRONOLACTONE 75 56 56 65
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 74 65 57 19
LATANOPROST 74 74 57 200
AMIODARONE HCL 71 70 59 158
HUMALOG 68 57 60 131
HYDRALAZINE HCL 66 60 61 92
GLIMEPIRIDE 66 63 61 45
PROCRIT 65 65 63 306
CEFUROXIME 65 48 63 193
GLIPIZIDE ER 64 64 65 115
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 64 64 65 14
FINASTERIDE 63 22 67 80
NYSTATIN 61 50 68 172
MELOXICAM 58 50 69 68
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 57 43 70 83
ALLOPURINOL 56 54 71 31
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 53 53 72 54
GLIPIZIDE 52 52 73 56
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 52 38 73 85
LIDODERM 51 50 75 130
SANTYL 50 43 76 195
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 50 49 76 147
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 50 50 76 15
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 Oct. 20, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.