ProPublica

Journalism in the Public Interest

Cancel

Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

See Other Prescribers With This Specialty in This State »

14,481Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 225 out of 2343

$798K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 241 out of 2343

289 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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

11% of this provider’s 289 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,415 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


Another View

This chart shows a different comparison of all providers in this specialty based on their mix of drugs and volume. Providers are grouped by similarity; those least like their peers are farthest to the right. Hover over the bars to see names of other prescribers.

← Prescribers more like their peers Prescribers less like their peers →
KEY: How to read this
chart

Fewer Prescribers
More Prescribers

This Prescriber
Hover to see more prescribers

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.

Click to Filter by Category

Clear Filter


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
SIMVASTATIN 535 488 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 510 474 2 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 478 478 3 21
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 391 375 4 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 357 354 5 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 284 270 6 7
OMEPRAZOLE 277 270 7 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 277 263 7 17
NAMENDA 268 268 9 36
RANITIDINE HCL 268 245 9 43
METFORMIN HCL 265 206 11 9
MONOJECT INSULIN SAFETY SYRNG 244 180 10 12 253
RISPERIDONE 240 222 13 61
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 237 226 14 14
TRAMADOL HCL 229 221 15 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 225 214 16 8
FENTANYL 223 223 S2 17 69
LISINOPRIL 221 197 18 3
MIRTAZAPINE 194 190 19 41
LATANOPROST 193 180 20 200
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 157 153 21 11
GABAPENTIN 156 137 22 16
TRAZODONE HCL 142 119 23 53
SERTRALINE HCL 140 115 24 20
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 139 131 25 77
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 137 132 26 28
OLANZAPINE 134 111 27 121
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 127 121 28 54
PAROXETINE HCL 123 114 29 66
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 117 115 30 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 116 104 31 18
ADVAIR DISKUS 116 116 31 34
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 110 98 33 10
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 109 109 34 126
LANTUS 109 86 34 51
FLUOCINONIDE 109 107 34 256
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 104 104 37 99
KLOR-CON M20 91 91 38 44
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 91 86 38 149
SPIRIVA 87 87 40 48
CLOPIDOGREL 86 86 41 26
DIOVAN 86 84 41 23
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 83 82 S2 43 49
ATENOLOL 82 82 44 12
DIGOXIN 82 82 44 35
GLYBURIDE 81 56 R 46 62
PREDNISONE 79 71 47 37
LITHIUM CARBONATE 78 54 48 465
TIMOLOL MALEATE 78 72 48 433
SEROQUEL 75 68 50 171
IBUPROFEN 74 73 51 75
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 70 70 S2 52 283
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 68 61 53 152
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 68 56 53 58
LIPITOR 67 67 55 78
CARVEDILOL 67 64 55 27
PLAVIX 65 65 57 38
LEVETIRACETAM 65 65 57 104
ACTOS 64 54 59 125
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 63 63 60 76
RAMIPRIL 63 50 60 90
AGGRENOX 61 49 62 174
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 61 50 62 105
NAPROXEN 61 55 62 108
QUINAPRIL HCL 59 59 65 73
TRAVATAN Z 56 56 66 278
FLUOXETINE HCL 56 49 66 82
LAMOTRIGINE 55 55 68 194
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 55 54 68 127
CLONIDINE HCL 54 42 70 70
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 53 44 71 55
MECLIZINE HCL 53 53 71 103
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 53 53 71 570
GLIPIZIDE 51 40 74 56
LOVASTATIN 51 51 74 47
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 51 38 74 137
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 »

Incorrect Info?

If you are a provider and you believe your address is incorrect, check the listing you created on the National Provider Identifier registry. If you change your listing, send a note to drugs@propublica.org and we will update your information. If you have other questions about this data, send a note to drugs@propublica.org.

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 Jan. 8, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.