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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,496Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 151 out of 2343

$825K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 221 out of 2343

324 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%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

4% of this provider’s 324 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 324 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 15,279 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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
OMEPRAZOLE 809 722 1 4
ATENOLOL 647 595 2 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 642 570 3 5
SIMVASTATIN 590 518 4 1
DIOVAN 528 503 5 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 483 447 6 7
FUROSEMIDE 408 393 7 6
LISINOPRIL 374 354 8 3
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 371 353 9 24
METFORMIN HCL 284 239 10 9
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 270 247 11 28
CRESTOR 264 230 12 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 258 252 13 10
MECLIZINE HCL 254 229 14 103
NEXIUM 250 249 15 33
DIOVAN HCT 249 205 16 63
TAMSULOSIN HCL 209 193 17 29
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 195 182 18 32
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 189 170 19 2
CLONIDINE HCL 188 183 20 70
NAPROXEN 184 159 21 108
PAROXETINE HCL 177 177 22 66
IBUPROFEN 167 144 23 75
DONEPEZIL HCL 166 158 24 21
LOVAZA 161 159 25 113
DICYCLOMINE HCL 156 156 26 202
SYNTHROID 156 148 26 40
CLOPIDOGREL 152 152 28 26
PLAVIX 150 150 29 38
LIPITOR 147 132 30 78
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 144 137 31 15
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 142 130 32 55
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 137 113 33 19
PROCTOZONE-HC 134 126 34 208
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 129 114 35 11
FINASTERIDE 115 115 36 80
GLIPIZIDE XL 113 101 37 84
COUMADIN 110 107 38 216
CARVEDILOL 108 104 39 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 106 106 40 8
LIDODERM 105 100 41 130
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 102 102 42 18
SINGLE USE SWAB 101 83 43 241
ALLOPURINOL 99 99 44 31
KETOCONAZOLE 98 97 45 232
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 98 97 45 14
ADVAIR DISKUS 97 87 47 34
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 94 90 48 190
GLIPIZIDE 92 60 49 56
VOLTAREN 90 90 50 175
LEXAPRO 85 84 51 178
ZETIA 85 85 51 52
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 85 84 51 59
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 83 82 54 22
GABAPENTIN 83 74 54 16
RANITIDINE HCL 80 70 56 43
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 76 64 57 98
NAMENDA 75 75 58 36
AZITHROMYCIN 73 63 59 39
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 73 66 59 192
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 72 72 61 147
NITROSTAT 69 69 62 164
JANUVIA 69 69 62 50
BENICAR 66 65 64 93
BYSTOLIC 63 54 65 123
EXFORGE 62 61 66 163
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 58 57 67 155
TRAMADOL HCL 58 58 67 25
HYDROCORTISONE 58 53 67 225
DEXILANT 57 57 70 184
PROAIR HFA 56 47 71 86
VYTORIN 55 51 72 185
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 54 51 73 219
METFORMIN HCL ER 54 39 73 88
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 54 50 73 57
MIRTAZAPINE 53 53 76 41
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 52 77 64
CELEBREX 51 51 78 71
VESICARE 50 50 79 145
ACTOS 50 50 79 125
METHIMAZOLE 50 50 79 324
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 Feb. 16, 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.