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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,694Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 44 out of 2343

$1.07M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 94 out of 2343

563 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
58%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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 563 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 563 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 14,620 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 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
LISINOPRIL 1,795 1,199 1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,286 837 2 5
OMEPRAZOLE 983 629 3 4
METFORMIN HCL 691 403 4 9
FUROSEMIDE 615 487 5 6
CRESTOR 578 372 6 30
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 575 387 7 2
VENTOLIN HFA 532 299 10 8 79
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 465 303 9 24
JANUVIA 464 297 10 50
SIMVASTATIN 447 276 11 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 392 291 12 10
LOVASTATIN 381 265 13 47
TRAMADOL HCL 371 196 14 25
IBUPROFEN 358 163 15 75
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 311 225 16 7
RANITIDINE HCL 304 229 17 43
ADVAIR DISKUS 297 187 18 34
TRICOR 285 167 19 96
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 276 170 20 155
GLIPIZIDE XL 270 205 21 84
CARVEDILOL 262 209 22 27
PROMETHAZINE HCL 258 148 R 23 222
AMOXICILLIN 256 159 24 118
DIOVAN 254 193 25 23
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 246 216 26 32
CLOPIDOGREL 229 175 27 26
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 225 134 R 28 154
GABAPENTIN 222 101 29 16
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 200 158 30 28
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 190 140 31 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 183 152 32 29
ENDOCET 161 29 S2 33 97
LYRICA 155 117 34 135
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 153 80 35 311
PLAVIX 148 126 36 38
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 148 35 R 36 109
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 135 79 38 46
DIOVAN HCT 132 94 39 63
SINGULAIR 130 68 40 100
DONEPEZIL HCL 128 108 41 21
NAPROXEN 127 65 42 108
ALLOPURINOL 121 79 43 31
AZITHROMYCIN 121 86 43 39
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 120 31 45 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 118 92 46 18
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 116 95 47 127
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 114 71 48 137
WARFARIN SODIUM 112 81 49 8
DIGOXIN 109 89 50 35
MISOPROSTOL 105 85 51 431
SPIRIVA 104 65 52 48
NABUMETONE 103 57 53 259
COLCRYS 103 92 53 166
ROPINIROLE HCL 95 85 55 124
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 92 36 56 218
INSULIN SYRINGE 90 47 57 102
NAMENDA 89 89 58 36
BUMETANIDE 87 59 59 91
NEXIUM 86 69 60 33
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 86 56 60 181
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 84 36 R 62 117
UNIFINE PENTIPS 83 28 63 454
PEN NEEDLE 82 46 64 119
SYMBICORT 82 37 64 167
HUMALOG 78 28 66 131
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 76 46 S3 67 112
GLIMEPIRIDE 74 61 68 45
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 67 69 42
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 71 70 70 231
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 71 55 70 54
TRAZODONE HCL 70 25 72 53
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 69 35 73 101
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 69 46 73 14
PREDNISONE 68 34 75 37
LOPERAMIDE 67 45 76 238
CILOSTAZOL 66 63 77 204
GLIPIZIDE ER 65 48 78 115
ALCOHOL SWABS 64 46 79 303
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 63 36 80 22
FLOVENT HFA 63 38 80 213
CLONIDINE HCL 62 35 82 70
DOXEPIN HCL 60 22 83 352
SURE COMFORT 60 26 83 397
FAMOTIDINE 60 24 83 60
COREG CR 57 46 86 301
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 56 27 87 120
NIASPAN 56 31 87 141
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 53 34 89 72
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 53 20 89 87
HUMULIN 70-30 53 29 89 243
HYDROXYZINE HCL 51 16 R 92 265
LANTUS 51 27 92 51
AVODART 50 42 94 165
PAROXETINE HCL 50 36 94 66
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.