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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,498Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 817

$1.28M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 817

787 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
21% 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

3% of this provider’s 787 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 787 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 19,691 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $89 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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
SIMVASTATIN 1,385 1,278 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,170 1,061 2 6
FUROSEMIDE 888 843 3 8
CARVEDILOL 866 786 4 21
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 718 646 5 2
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 713 683 6 38
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 624 571 7 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 502 464 8 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 499 456 9 29
DIOVAN 479 468 10 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 465 458 11 26
WARFARIN SODIUM 428 395 12 10
OMEPRAZOLE 422 366 13 4
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 398 371 14 22
LISINOPRIL 366 324 15 3
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 347 328 16 107
METFORMIN HCL 338 322 17 13
ATENOLOL 310 290 18 14
KLOR-CON M20 307 290 19 61
CLOPIDOGREL 278 251 20 27
JANUVIA 277 277 21 66
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 263 235 22 5
DIGOXIN 253 245 23 37
ALLOPURINOL 225 217 24 50
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 221 202 25 15
HYDRALAZINE HCL 218 195 26 133
GABAPENTIN 198 167 27 12
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 186 173 28 91
PLAVIX 171 159 29 44
CITALOPRAM HBR 152 137 30 16
DIOVAN HCT 149 128 31 95
PRANDIN 149 147 31 159
CLONIDINE HCL 145 124 33 131
TAMSULOSIN HCL 137 136 34 11
AMOXICILLIN 130 116 35 138
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 126 124 36 31
SPIRONOLACTONE 125 118 37 80
PRADAXA 124 124 38 115
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 121 114 39 120
EXFORGE 121 112 39 223
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 118 95 S3 41 7
BENICAR 117 104 42 127
BENICAR HCT 115 107 43 245
MECLIZINE HCL 112 111 44 213
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 109 106 45 85
SERTRALINE HCL 109 93 45 24
SYNTHROID 108 103 47 36
MIRTAZAPINE 108 104 47 40
DONEPEZIL HCL 107 107 49 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 107 97 49 30
ADVAIR DISKUS 106 97 51 32
FAMOTIDINE 99 83 52 71
GLIPIZIDE 98 94 53 84
LOVAZA 96 72 54 203
KLOR-CON M10 93 91 55 163
AZITHROMYCIN 81 71 56 53
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 79 78 57 19
IBUPROFEN 78 74 58 82
PREDNISONE 77 69 59 17
RANITIDINE HCL 77 68 59 42
QUINAPRIL HCL 76 68 61 72
FENOFIBRATE 75 60 62 109
TOPROL XL 73 65 63 314
RANEXA 69 58 64 362
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 69 51 64 70
NEXIUM 69 68 64 57
NITROSTAT 66 52 67 183
CRESTOR 64 62 68 56
TRILIPIX 64 52 68 307
WELCHOL 62 58 70 368
TRAMADOL HCL 61 44 71 23
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 60 45 R 72 139
LIPITOR 58 52 73 126
VENTOLIN HFA 57 36 74 78
TRAZODONE HCL 56 36 75 41
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 54 50 76 83
TRICOR 54 40 76 110
AZOR 54 54 76 436
ZETIA 51 49 79 47
SPIRIVA 50 47 80 35
NAMENDA 50 50 80 33
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 March 25, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.