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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,852Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 52 out of 2343

$1.28M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 44 out of 2343

925 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
46% 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

7% of this provider’s 925 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 925 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 19,000 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 864 771 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 783 686 2 6
SIMVASTATIN 741 650 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 688 524 4 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 599 559 5 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 533 481 6 8
LISINOPRIL 480 393 7 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 467 430 8 7
METFORMIN HCL 442 386 9 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 349 317 10 10
ATENOLOL 332 319 11 12
TRAMADOL HCL 316 272 12 25
SERTRALINE HCL 315 293 13 20
KLOR-CON M20 304 302 14 44
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 292 211 15 24
TAMSULOSIN HCL 271 258 16 29
GABAPENTIN 260 171 17 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 255 255 18 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 226 204 19 18
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 218 165 S3 20 13
PREDNISONE 214 197 21 37
CYMBALTA 212 172 22 74
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 188 159 23 42
CLOPIDOGREL 187 165 24 26
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 175 166 25 11
MIRTAZAPINE 173 153 26 41
NAMENDA 170 168 27 36
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 170 161 27 54
GLIPIZIDE 165 134 29 56
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 161 151 30 32
DIGOXIN 158 143 31 35
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 152 148 S2 32 49
LABETALOL HCL 151 136 33 153
ALLOPURINOL 148 125 34 31
FENOFIBRATE 147 121 35 94
CARVEDILOL 145 130 36 27
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 140 140 37 19
AZITHROMYCIN 138 116 38 39
PLAVIX 133 123 39 38
CITALOPRAM HBR 132 102 40 17
NOVOLOG 130 102 41 110
NEXIUM 129 112 42 33
MELOXICAM 129 86 42 68
DIOVAN 121 117 44 23
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 115 114 45 22
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 113 100 46 57
LANTUS 111 74 47 51
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 111 104 47 28
SINGULAIR 110 100 49 100
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 109 109 50 203
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 107 69 R 51 109
NAPROXEN 105 79 52 108
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 104 96 R 53 154
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 102 97 54 15
ADVAIR DISKUS 99 92 55 34
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 98 87 56 14
CLONIDINE HCL 97 79 57 70
LEVOFLOXACIN 96 78 58 106
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 92 76 59 122
VESICARE 92 78 59 145
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 92 80 59 120
LEVETIRACETAM 91 74 62 104
SYNTHROID 89 84 63 40
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 84 77 64 77
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 82 75 65 87
CRESTOR 81 67 66 30
FENTANYL 81 73 S2 66 69
SPIRONOLACTONE 80 77 68 65
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 80 80 68 85
SPIRIVA 79 76 70 48
ZETIA 77 64 71 52
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 75 69 72 218
HUMULIN 70-30 73 73 73 243
IBUPROFEN 72 48 74 75
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 72 61 74 181
TRICOR 69 65 76 96
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 69 68 R 76 117
CHLORTHALIDONE 68 57 78 183
DETROL LA 68 62 78 150
DICYCLOMINE HCL 67 49 80 202
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 67 45 80 160
LEVEMIR 65 55 82 250
FAMOTIDINE 63 57 83 60
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 59 59 84 83
RISPERIDONE 58 46 85 61
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 57 26 86 287
CEPHALEXIN 57 42 86 111
NUEDEXTA 57 57 86 428
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 57 45 86 55
AVODART 56 56 90 165
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 56 54 90 46
TRILIPIX 56 56 90 214
ABILIFY 56 52 90 159
OLANZAPINE 55 55 94 121
PAROXETINE HCL 54 53 95 66
LOVASTATIN 54 51 95 47
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 53 40 97 101
EXELON 53 53 97 129
RANITIDINE HCL 53 53 97 43
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 52 52 100 105
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 52 42 100 212
METOLAZONE 52 48 100 173
VERAPAMIL ER 51 51 103 95
GLIPIZIDE XL 50 50 104 84
VENTOLIN HFA 50 28 104 79
GLYBURIDE 50 48 R 104 62
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 Nov. 11, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.