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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,091Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 27 out of 247

$524K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 35 out of 247

490 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
54% 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
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this specialty
in Maine
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 490 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 490 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 6,961 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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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 Maine
OMEPRAZOLE 435 349 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 414 335 2 1
LISINOPRIL 324 266 3 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 315 289 4 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 304 257 5 3
FUROSEMIDE 247 235 6 5
ATENOLOL 247 244 6 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 246 214 8 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 227 213 9 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 197 170 10 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 166 144 11 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 152 150 12 15
METFORMIN HCL 141 108 13 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 140 125 14 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 127 119 15 36
EVISTA 109 109 16 145
WARFARIN SODIUM 108 82 17 13
GLYBURIDE 93 65 R 18 41
KLOR-CON 10 89 89 19 103
ALLOPURINOL 84 83 20 33
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 79 54 21 32
METFORMIN HCL ER 77 55 22 82
LOVASTATIN 75 53 23 22
PIROXICAM 74 57 24 192
COMBIVENT 67 51 25 63
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 66 61 26 23
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 65 53 S3 27 11
LIPITOR 64 64 28 50
GABAPENTIN 61 40 29 17
NEXIUM 59 35 30 42
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 57 50 31 24
TAMSULOSIN HCL 55 46 32 31
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 36 33 18
ZETIA 54 49 33 62
HYDRALAZINE HCL 54 54 33 99
RANITIDINE HCL 53 43 36 34
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 Sept. 13, 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.