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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,441Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 242 out of 1269

$548K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 121 out of 1269

207 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
80% 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 Maryland
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 207 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 4,866 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

46% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$101 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 Maryland
CRESTOR 212 181 1 25
SIMVASTATIN 199 178 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 187 168 3 2
LISINOPRIL 162 142 4 1
METFORMIN HCL 162 148 4 9
NAMENDA 133 126 6 38
CELEBREX 121 86 7 95
SYNTHROID 104 103 8 72
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 103 98 9 81
DIOVAN 98 93 10 35
METFORMIN HCL ER 89 89 11 80
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 87 81 12 7
NEXIUM 84 57 13 41
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 77 76 14 15
FUROSEMIDE 74 68 15 5
BYSTOLIC 71 71 16 126
OMEPRAZOLE 70 70 17 8
DEXILANT 68 67 18 200
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 68 58 18 13
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 65 20 59
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 66 50 20 4
PRANDIN 65 65 22 266
CARVEDILOL 62 62 23 29
BENICAR 60 39 24 153
DONEPEZIL HCL 59 58 25 22
GABAPENTIN 57 49 26 17
LYRICA 54 54 27 92
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 52 49 28 19
CYMBALTA 51 42 29 70
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.