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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Critical Care Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,064Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 11

$517K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 11

545 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
26% 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

13% of this provider’s 545 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 545 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 9,094 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 60%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $140 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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 414 365 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 362 330 2 7
FUROSEMIDE 306 290 3 10
OMEPRAZOLE 300 270 4 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 293 281 5 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 235 229 6 8
GLIMEPIRIDE 231 212 7 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 225 216 8 16
LISINOPRIL 224 185 9 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 193 172 10 20
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 183 152 S3 11 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 179 169 12 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 162 156 13 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 158 147 14 25
GABAPENTIN 152 127 15 26
MIRTAZAPINE 144 129 16 28
MELOXICAM 136 119 17 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 134 117 18 30
METFORMIN HCL 134 122 18 30
DIGOXIN 110 110 20 33
PREDNISONE 108 100 21 4
CEFUROXIME 103 96 22 34
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 102 98 23 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 100 97 24 36
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 98 98 25 37
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 98 86 25 37
ATENOLOL 97 97 27 39
AZITHROMYCIN 93 85 28 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 93 89 28 40
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 92 77 S2 30 41
CARVEDILOL 90 86 31 42
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 81 81 32 44
DIOVAN 77 77 33 45
CYMBALTA 76 62 34 46
DONEPEZIL HCL 68 68 35 47
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 63 36 36 48
LEVOFLOXACIN 62 52 37 49
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 61 38 50
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 60 53 39 51
KLOR-CON M20 58 58 40 53
ALLOPURINOL 58 58 40 53
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 55 43 42 56
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 54 54 43 57
TRAZODONE HCL 52 46 44 58
NAMENDA 52 52 44 58
TRAMADOL HCL 52 41 44 58
PLAVIX 51 50 47 61
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 51 48 47 61
SPIRIVA 50 45 49 1
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 Aug. 8, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.