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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,381Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 39 out of 1269

$749K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 50 out of 1269

485 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
79% 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
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this specialty
in Maryland
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 485 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 485 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 10,633 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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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 Maryland
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 613 506 1 2
LISINOPRIL 410 308 2 1
LACTULOSE 324 276 3 67
FUROSEMIDE 321 268 4 5
SIMVASTATIN 307 239 5 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 293 247 6 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 280 242 7 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 279 233 8 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 255 226 9 22
JANTOVEN 241 192 10 52
LEVETIRACETAM 238 157 11 55
MIRTAZAPINE 212 198 12 24
KLOR-CON M20 208 195 13 60
GABAPENTIN 192 124 14 17
LOVASTATIN 191 150 15 30
OMEPRAZOLE 185 123 16 8
CARVEDILOL 179 141 17 29
METFORMIN HCL 178 134 18 9
TRAZODONE HCL 172 139 19 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 170 149 20 7
PREDNISONE 168 150 21 45
BYSTOLIC 167 155 22 126
RANITIDINE HCL 154 118 23 27
NAMENDA 153 130 24 38
BACLOFEN 152 63 25 103
LANTUS 152 130 25 39
TRAMADOL HCL 146 115 27 16
LEVOFLOXACIN 132 113 28 75
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 132 102 28 58
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 129 105 30 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 126 111 31 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 112 87 32 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 106 89 33 10
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 105 85 34 84
CLOPIDOGREL 103 85 35 32
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 102 73 36 53
GLIPIZIDE 101 86 37 37
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 101 86 S3 37 20
PLAVIX 99 79 39 47
CLONIDINE HCL 98 58 40 51
SERTRALINE HCL 91 66 41 23
RISPERIDONE 91 83 41 43
HYDRALAZINE HCL 87 62 43 48
CITALOPRAM HBR 85 56 44 21
NOVOLOG 85 59 44 82
DIOVAN 84 74 46 35
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 80 80 47 334
OXCARBAZEPINE 79 66 48 213
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 77 65 S2 49 44
AZITHROMYCIN 75 56 50 42
DIGOXIN 73 58 51 62
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 70 58 52 18
KLOR-CON M10 70 67 52 139
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 68 57 54 11
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 68 55 54 86
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 67 66 56 63
SPIRONOLACTONE 65 62 57 77
METOLAZONE 64 64 58 262
TAMSULOSIN HCL 63 37 59 31
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 61 57 60 155
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 61 54 60 66
CRESTOR 59 43 62 25
BUDESONIDE 58 41 63 244
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 56 46 64 110
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 54 36 65 88
SANTYL 53 45 66 101
CYMBALTA 52 50 67 70
SEROQUEL 51 23 68 104
TRAVATAN Z 51 44 68 187
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 April 2, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.