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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,699Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 42 out of 3734

$1.19M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 45 out of 3734

1,118 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
49% 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

6% of this provider’s 1,118 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 1,118 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 20,191 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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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 943 878 1 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 894 891 2 10
SIMVASTATIN 783 761 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 661 623 4 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 634 602 5 6
OMEPRAZOLE 620 560 6 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 523 496 7 16
LISINOPRIL 444 434 8 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 419 349 S3 9 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 417 405 10 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 400 395 11 25
MIRTAZAPINE 380 363 12 45
METFORMIN HCL 376 367 13 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 339 321 14 11
ATENOLOL 323 315 15 13
NAMENDA 304 304 16 44
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 291 277 17 19
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 283 275 18 63
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 254 236 19 82
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 246 219 20 9
TAMSULOSIN HCL 237 237 21 29
RISPERIDONE 236 229 22 62
SERTRALINE HCL 221 209 23 18
TRAZODONE HCL 201 192 24 49
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 191 170 25 24
GABAPENTIN 179 141 26 17
CARVEDILOL 175 169 27 30
CLOPIDOGREL 163 163 28 23
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 162 147 29 53
IBUPROFEN 159 148 30 75
EXELON 153 153 31 150
JANUVIA 137 131 32 50
ADVAIR DISKUS 137 131 32 35
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 134 129 34 117
DIGOXIN 128 128 35 43
KLOR-CON M20 127 116 36 48
CELEBREX 124 117 37 69
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 121 111 38 14
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 121 113 38 84
TRAMADOL HCL 120 107 40 20
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 112 110 41 68
QUINAPRIL HCL 111 99 42 74
LANTUS 110 105 43 54
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 109 108 44 99
AZITHROMYCIN 108 96 45 38
RANITIDINE HCL 106 101 46 32
PREDNISONE 105 92 47 42
NEXIUM 105 92 47 36
SPIRIVA 103 98 49 40
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 100 100 50 92
SYNTHROID 99 93 51 47
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 98 96 52 73
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 97 86 53 98
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 97 96 53 77
PLAVIX 96 96 55 39
GLIPIZIDE 94 94 56 57
FAMOTIDINE 92 81 57 60
SEROQUEL 91 82 58 161
OXYCONTIN 91 74 S2 58 121
LEVETIRACETAM 90 75 60 105
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 87 52 S2 61 51
KLOR-CON M10 85 85 62 115
CLONIDINE HCL 83 83 63 79
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 81 80 64 22
BUSPIRONE HCL 79 74 65 129
CEPHALEXIN 78 77 66 120
ALLOPURINOL 77 72 67 33
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 76 76 68 34
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 74 69 69 100
DIOVAN HCT 70 70 70 72
GEMFIBROZIL 69 61 71 114
DIOVAN 68 68 72 31
NIFEDICAL XL 68 68 72 177
GLIMEPIRIDE 66 54 74 37
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 66 65 74 196
MELOXICAM 64 51 76 52
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 64 64 76 26
PROPRANOLOL HCL 63 54 78 126
BENAZEPRIL HCL 63 63 78 103
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 62 52 80 21
PAROXETINE HCL 62 37 80 59
ZETIA 60 60 82 55
CYMBALTA 58 42 83 67
NYSTATIN 57 49 84 162
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 56 56 85 141
CARBAMAZEPINE 55 43 86 172
CUBICIN 55 55 86 552
FENTANYL 55 42 S2 86 65
SULINDAC 55 51 86 338
NYSTOP 53 49 90 187
SPIRONOLACTONE 50 50 91 80
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 July 8, 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.