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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,056Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 47 out of 1269

$577K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 106 out of 1269

500 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
57%Patients 65 Years and Older
84% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 500 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 500 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 5,978 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 26%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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
SIMVASTATIN 585 414 1 3
LISINOPRIL 488 274 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 400 163 3 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 349 220 4 6
GABAPENTIN 284 86 5 17
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 270 167 6 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 265 149 7 10
OXYCODONE HCL 254 86 S2 8 34
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 252 135 9 2
FUROSEMIDE 250 136 10 5
METFORMIN HCL 248 105 11 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 192 65 12 19
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 176 84 13 33
RANITIDINE HCL 171 98 14 27
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 141 105 S3 15 20
ENDOCET 141 43 S2 15 106
PROAIR HFA 133 48 17 61
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 130 46 18 11
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 128 49 S2 19 44
PREDNISONE 126 52 20 45
NAPROXEN 123 50 21 107
COMBIVENT 115 34 22 158
WARFARIN SODIUM 114 84 23 12
TRAMADOL HCL 110 57 24 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 108 62 25 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 107 93 26 13
VENTOLIN HFA 103 45 27 100
SERTRALINE HCL 101 52 28 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 100 83 29 7
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 97 34 R 30 93
TRAZODONE HCL 94 17 31 36
GLIPIZIDE 93 33 32 37
MIRTAZAPINE 92 59 33 24
LANTUS 90 22 34 39
FENTANYL 90 42 S2 34 105
ATENOLOL 89 62 36 14
IBUPROFEN 87 31 37 73
NEXIUM 84 40 38 41
CITALOPRAM HBR 75 38 39 21
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 74 20 40 40
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 74 27 40 69
METHADONE HCL 70 15 S2 42 165
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 68 0 43 128
NIFEDIPINE ER 68 57 43 65
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 66 22 45 131
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 43 45 59
PLAVIX 65 46 47 47
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 64 15 48 18
ADVAIR DISKUS 63 22 49 46
CLOPIDOGREL 63 36 49 32
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 63 53 49 28
DIOVAN 62 46 52 35
CARISOPRODOL 61 15 R 53 136
TAMSULOSIN HCL 60 34 54 31
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 60 24 S2 54 118
NAMENDA 60 26 54 38
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 58 16 57 363
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 57 14 S2 58 121
AZITHROMYCIN 57 26 58 42
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 57 21 58 178
ETODOLAC 57 0 58 301
SPIRIVA 56 39 62 64
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 56 30 62 15
SPIRONOLACTONE 56 35 62 77
FLOVENT HFA 55 18 65 254
BACLOFEN 54 17 66 103
MECLIZINE HCL 52 18 67 140
NAPROXEN SODIUM 51 24 68 388
CLONIDINE HCL 51 22 68 51
PAROXETINE HCL 51 13 68 71
GLIPIZIDE XL 51 35 68 125
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 Oct. 24, 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.