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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,289Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 38 out of 2343

$1.37M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 32 out of 2343

586 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
68% 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

10% of this provider’s 586 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 586 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 18,603 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 926 767 1 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 923 777 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 835 723 3 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 729 645 4 7
SIMVASTATIN 710 604 5 1
OMEPRAZOLE 560 436 6 4
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 560 491 6 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 498 265 S3 8 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 409 386 9 5
DIOVAN 399 360 10 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 374 342 11 18
CLOPIDOGREL 306 270 12 26
KLOR-CON M10 297 264 13 107
LISINOPRIL 281 223 14 3
NAMENDA 262 240 15 36
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 233 151 16 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 232 228 17 21
SERTRALINE HCL 223 193 18 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 212 185 19 29
PLAVIX 207 184 20 38
RANITIDINE HCL 206 158 21 43
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 204 164 22 10
GABAPENTIN 203 157 23 16
LANTUS 192 111 24 51
JANUVIA 189 161 25 50
METFORMIN HCL 184 152 26 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 178 127 27 17
FENTANYL 178 120 S2 27 69
MELOXICAM 176 162 29 68
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 176 155 29 22
SPIRONOLACTONE 176 152 29 65
RISPERIDONE 173 132 32 61
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 172 167 33 32
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 160 129 34 54
PROAIR HFA 156 111 35 86
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 156 127 35 72
CILOSTAZOL 155 143 37 204
CEPHALEXIN 155 129 37 111
TRAZODONE HCL 148 91 39 53
TRAMADOL HCL 146 119 40 25
ALLOPURINOL 143 136 41 31
PREDNISONE 140 116 42 37
ADVAIR DISKUS 138 92 43 34
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 137 127 44 147
FAMOTIDINE 136 113 45 60
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 133 102 46 127
CARVEDILOL 132 121 47 27
GLYBURIDE 126 110 R 48 62
NEXIUM 125 109 49 33
KLOR-CON M20 124 82 50 44
SPIRIVA 123 90 51 48
DIGOXIN 120 116 52 35
FINASTERIDE 119 107 53 80
DIOVAN HCT 118 98 54 63
METOLAZONE 114 86 55 173
KLOR-CON 10 112 111 56 134
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 112 93 R 56 154
EXELON 104 97 58 129
ENULOSE 102 35 59 345
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 99 93 60 57
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 99 93 60 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 57 62 11
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 95 70 63 58
ZETIA 95 79 63 52
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 93 63 65 77
HUMALOG 90 58 66 131
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 90 60 S2 66 49
MIRTAZAPINE 88 73 68 41
LIDODERM 87 80 69 130
CYMBALTA 87 27 69 74
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 86 68 71 152
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86 82 71 42
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 85 59 73 55
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 85 85 73 168
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 85 49 73 46
FENOFIBRATE 82 32 76 94
BUMETANIDE 82 59 76 91
CARAFATE 80 61 78 315
PROPRANOLOL HCL 79 47 79 132
PAROXETINE HCL 78 61 80 66
ACARBOSE 78 65 80 334
ATENOLOL 72 51 82 12
AZITHROMYCIN 71 38 83 39
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 64 58 84 126
TORSEMIDE 64 40 84 157
AMOXICILLIN 64 54 84 118
IBUPROFEN 63 45 87 75
LEVETIRACETAM 59 23 88 104
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 59 29 R 88 117
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 59 29 88 149
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 58 47 91 180
VENTOLIN HFA 58 26 91 79
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 58 53 91 105
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 56 45 94 19
LIPITOR 56 46 94 78
CRESTOR 56 54 94 30
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 55 55 97 231
TRICOR 55 55 97 96
NIFEDIPINE ER 54 54 99 89
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 54 54 99 28
OLANZAPINE 54 16 99 121
RIVASTIGMINE 52 52 102 395
METFORMIN HCL ER 51 38 103 88
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 Dec. 17, 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.