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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,957Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 242 out of 2343

$799K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 240 out of 2343

442 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
83% 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

14% of this provider’s 442 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 442 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 9,289 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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
FUROSEMIDE 515 416 1 6
LISINOPRIL 497 345 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 423 317 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 414 301 4 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 325 197 5 7
TRAZODONE HCL 318 217 6 53
RISPERIDONE 317 171 7 61
SIMVASTATIN 313 197 8 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 311 233 9 5
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 284 132 R 10 224
MIRTAZAPINE 236 203 11 41
OLANZAPINE 226 137 12 121
GABAPENTIN 214 114 13 16
HALOPERIDOL 213 95 14 229
CITALOPRAM HBR 211 155 15 17
METFORMIN HCL 206 133 16 9
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 205 84 17 105
DONEPEZIL HCL 191 183 18 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 185 116 19 18
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 181 138 S3 20 13
DIGOXIN 166 129 21 35
WARFARIN SODIUM 165 146 22 8
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 163 99 23 55
IBUPROFEN 156 77 24 75
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 145 80 25 77
LANTUS 141 96 26 51
SERTRALINE HCL 138 88 27 20
CARVEDILOL 134 97 28 27
ATENOLOL 133 113 29 12
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 133 110 29 32
RANITIDINE HCL 130 63 31 43
KLOR-CON M20 125 104 32 44
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 122 98 33 85
TRAMADOL HCL 119 92 34 25
FAMOTIDINE 116 75 35 60
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 111 65 36 54
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 54 37 11
OXYCODONE HCL 101 37 S2 38 67
FENTANYL 101 67 S2 38 69
ADVAIR DISKUS 98 53 40 34
PAROXETINE HCL 97 51 41 66
CLOPIDOGREL 96 57 42 26
EXELON 95 83 43 129
ABILIFY 95 60 43 159
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 94 44 45 267
NAMENDA 90 78 46 36
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 89 76 47 83
TAMSULOSIN HCL 88 65 48 29
LEVETIRACETAM 80 43 49 104
PLAVIX 79 67 50 38
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 74 24 51 152
LACTULOSE 72 30 52 139
PRANDIN 71 64 53 140
CLOZAPINE 70 30 54 245
SPIRONOLACTONE 66 52 55 65
BUPROPION HCL SR 64 36 56 221
SEROQUEL 61 45 57 171
GLIPIZIDE 61 55 57 56
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 59 27 59 24
CARBAMAZEPINE 58 37 60 206
FLUOXETINE HCL 58 38 60 82
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 57 54 62 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 57 34 62 10
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 56 52 64 149
FLUPHENAZINE HCL 55 13 65 558
PREDNISONE 54 49 66 37
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 54 28 66 22
OXCARBAZEPINE 52 29 68 465
CEPHALEXIN 51 33 69 111
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 50 39 70 99
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. 20, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.