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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,784Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 253 out of 2343

$725K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 299 out of 2343

364 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
62% 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

18% of this provider’s 364 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 364 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 12,814 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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 629 600 1 3
FUROSEMIDE 618 590 2 6
SIMVASTATIN 536 477 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 507 483 4 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 502 479 5 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 499 497 6 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 484 483 7 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 405 375 8 5
NAMENDA 292 292 9 36
OMEPRAZOLE 275 256 10 4
MIRTAZAPINE 235 235 11 41
CITALOPRAM HBR 212 206 12 17
CARVEDILOL 211 199 13 27
GABAPENTIN 200 189 14 16
DIGOXIN 181 181 15 35
SERTRALINE HCL 178 171 16 20
LANTUS 172 152 17 51
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 155 145 18 19
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 153 141 19 54
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 152 120 20 105
TAMSULOSIN HCL 150 131 21 29
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 147 129 22 11
KLOR-CON M20 139 138 23 44
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 135 121 S2 24 49
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 134 120 25 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 127 124 26 10
PREDNISONE 126 114 27 37
TRAMADOL HCL 125 91 28 25
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 112 112 29 32
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 110 110 30 77
CLOPIDOGREL 103 101 31 26
RISPERIDONE 103 103 31 61
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 96 96 33 55
GLIPIZIDE 94 94 34 56
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 93 85 35 85
TRAZODONE HCL 91 87 36 53
LEVETIRACETAM 90 90 37 104
ALLOPURINOL 86 77 38 31
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 79 79 S3 39 112
DIOVAN 76 76 40 23
RANITIDINE HCL 72 70 41 43
CRESTOR 72 61 41 30
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 70 70 43 87
ATENOLOL 69 69 44 12
SPIRIVA 67 51 45 48
LOVASTATIN 64 51 46 47
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 64 64 46 28
IBUPROFEN 64 58 46 75
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 64 58 46 24
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 62 62 50 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 62 62 50 18
KLOR-CON M10 59 59 52 107
ROPINIROLE HCL 58 54 53 124
PLAVIX 57 50 54 38
TRAVATAN Z 57 57 54 278
CLONIDINE 57 57 54 307
HYDRALAZINE HCL 56 55 57 92
CELEBREX 55 55 58 71
NIFEDIPINE ER 53 52 59 89
ABILIFY 53 53 59 159
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 52 52 61 239
AZITHROMYCIN 51 46 62 39
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 21, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.