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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,895Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 1269

$1.06M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 1269

572 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
56%Patients 65 Years and Older
86% 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

17% of this provider’s 572 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 572 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 10,131 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
LISINOPRIL 701 436 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 576 368 2 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 537 377 3 6
FUROSEMIDE 529 352 4 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 520 373 5 2
TRAMADOL HCL 458 242 6 16
OMEPRAZOLE 419 259 7 8
METFORMIN HCL 346 213 8 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 304 188 9 10
NIFEDIPINE ER 286 208 10 65
CLONIDINE HCL 279 115 11 51
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 278 171 12 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 248 155 13 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 243 162 14 4
GABAPENTIN 237 95 15 17
LANTUS 192 90 16 39
LEVETIRACETAM 187 93 17 55
WARFARIN SODIUM 177 56 18 12
CRESTOR 173 93 19 25
MELOXICAM 172 104 20 68
SUBOXONE 166 0 21 97
ENDOCET 161 19 S2 22 106
IBUPROFEN 159 50 23 73
NIFEDICAL XL 155 103 24 138
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 152 75 25 18
RANITIDINE HCL 151 73 26 27
TRAZODONE HCL 149 74 27 36
LACTULOSE 149 103 27 67
CARVEDILOL 149 111 27 29
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 148 80 30 33
RISPERIDONE 143 100 31 43
SERTRALINE HCL 141 67 32 23
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 140 70 33 11
VENTOLIN HFA 131 58 34 100
GLYBURIDE 129 81 R 35 94
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 126 71 36 54
OXYCODONE HCL 124 54 S2 37 34
ADVAIR DISKUS 122 60 38 46
DONEPEZIL HCL 121 113 39 22
CLOPIDOGREL 117 80 40 32
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 114 44 S2 41 44
INSULIN SYRINGE 113 55 42 87
CARBAMAZEPINE 106 73 43 148
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 106 39 43 53
DIOVAN 106 88 43 35
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 104 79 46 50
PAROXETINE HCL 104 65 46 71
FAMOTIDINE 103 58 48 85
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 102 25 49 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 102 58 49 21
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 102 71 49 15
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 102 26 R 49 93
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 100 48 53 137
NEXIUM 99 47 54 41
ACTOS 98 32 55 161
NAPROXEN 98 41 55 107
PROAIR HFA 95 33 57 61
GLIPIZIDE 93 70 58 37
HYDRALAZINE HCL 93 38 58 48
LYRICA 93 18 58 92
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 92 63 61 128
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 91 67 R 62 108
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 88 65 63 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 88 50 63 31
OLANZAPINE 87 77 65 89
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 86 39 S3 66 20
ALLOPURINOL 84 69 67 49
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 84 26 67 58
MIRTAZAPINE 81 44 69 24
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 80 21 S2 70 121
SPIRONOLACTONE 73 50 71 77
ABILIFY 69 37 72 169
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 68 23 73 26
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 68 64 73 63
SPIRIVA 66 34 75 64
NOVOLOG 66 0 75 82
NAMENDA 65 65 77 38
ATENOLOL 65 57 77 14
PROMETHAZINE HCL 64 14 R 79 149
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 63 25 80 84
GLIMEPIRIDE 57 47 81 57
KLOR-CON M20 57 43 81 60
AMOXICILLIN 54 12 83 129
COMBIVENT 53 32 84 158
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 53 48 84 69
EXELON 52 52 86 142
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 51 23 87 131
HUMALOG 50 22 88 109
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.