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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,347Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 274 out of 2343

$862K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 206 out of 2343

742 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
35% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 742 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 742 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 10,502 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 630 538 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 572 442 2 4
SIMVASTATIN 560 457 3 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 495 422 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 397 330 5 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 381 341 6 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 362 312 7 15
LISINOPRIL 362 275 7 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 357 320 9 7
GABAPENTIN 262 185 10 16
SERTRALINE HCL 204 140 11 20
ALLOPURINOL 185 133 12 31
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 174 127 S3 13 13
GLIMEPIRIDE 165 130 14 45
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 157 94 15 24
DIOVAN 151 126 16 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 143 125 17 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 130 119 18 11
CRESTOR 125 99 19 30
TRAMADOL HCL 125 112 19 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 123 102 21 19
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 122 85 22 46
DONEPEZIL HCL 118 118 23 21
ATENOLOL 118 96 23 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 118 99 23 8
SYNTHROID 109 96 26 40
METFORMIN HCL ER 108 64 27 88
METFORMIN HCL 107 89 28 9
CLOPIDOGREL 103 69 29 26
CITALOPRAM HBR 96 74 30 17
DIOVAN HCT 96 90 30 63
PAROXETINE HCL 90 73 32 66
ZETIA 90 59 32 52
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 90 78 32 18
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 88 75 35 64
KLOR-CON M20 84 77 36 44
PLAVIX 82 54 37 38
LANTUS 81 74 38 51
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 75 56 39 101
JANUVIA 73 40 40 50
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 66 41 42
KLOR-CON 10 68 61 42 134
RANITIDINE HCL 67 48 43 43
TRICOR 67 67 43 96
TAMSULOSIN HCL 67 57 43 29
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 65 43 46 22
AZITHROMYCIN 63 42 47 39
OXYCODONE HCL 63 27 S2 47 67
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 61 55 49 98
HYDRALAZINE HCL 61 52 49 92
JANUMET 60 48 51 191
ADVAIR DISKUS 57 42 52 34
KLOR-CON M10 56 28 53 107
SPIRONOLACTONE 56 50 53 65
PEN NEEDLE 56 50 53 119
NAMENDA 55 55 56 36
LOVAZA 55 44 56 113
NEXIUM 55 51 56 33
CYMBALTA 54 25 59 74
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 53 52 60 83
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 51 46 S3 61 112
ACTOS 50 46 62 125
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. 4, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.