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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,827Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 1269

$1.46M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 1269

1,165 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
57% 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

5% of this provider’s 1,165 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 1,165 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 18,277 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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
FUROSEMIDE 636 573 1 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 581 532 2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 567 522 3 2
LISINOPRIL 459 433 4 1
SIMVASTATIN 430 408 5 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 414 365 6 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 396 352 7 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 369 324 8 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 358 348 9 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 346 323 10 6
TRAMADOL HCL 336 286 11 16
GABAPENTIN 332 272 12 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 329 290 13 18
METFORMIN HCL 314 285 14 9
NAMENDA 308 297 15 38
OMEPRAZOLE 300 252 16 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 282 243 17 26
SERTRALINE HCL 273 244 18 23
RANITIDINE HCL 240 224 19 27
DIOVAN 239 219 20 35
MIRTAZAPINE 229 228 21 24
CLOPIDOGREL 224 207 22 32
LANTUS 222 195 23 39
CRESTOR 214 186 24 25
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 194 173 25 19
RISPERIDONE 189 169 26 43
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 181 124 27 88
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 179 165 28 58
TAMSULOSIN HCL 177 166 29 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 176 169 30 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 171 153 31 15
AZITHROMYCIN 162 145 32 42
CARVEDILOL 159 158 33 29
PREDNISONE 159 139 33 45
ATENOLOL 156 151 35 14
SPIRIVA 155 122 36 64
NEXIUM 152 131 37 41
KLOR-CON M20 149 149 38 60
CITALOPRAM HBR 148 135 39 21
CLONIDINE HCL 146 123 40 51
NOVOLOG 146 131 40 82
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 142 128 42 10
AMIODARONE HCL 140 139 43 166
PLAVIX 136 130 44 47
EXELON 135 135 45 142
ADVAIR DISKUS 134 94 46 46
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 132 108 47 63
TRAZODONE HCL 132 109 47 36
FENOFIBRATE 129 116 49 115
LIDODERM 125 118 50 56
LEVETIRACETAM 121 82 51 55
LEVOFLOXACIN 120 104 52 75
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 117 109 53 66
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 117 88 53 40
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 110 89 55 50
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 104 98 56 198
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 103 90 57 84
CYMBALTA 102 69 58 70
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 98 91 59 28
SINGULAIR 95 75 60 123
CELEBREX 93 76 61 95
HYDRALAZINE HCL 92 80 62 48
PROAIR HFA 91 73 63 61
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 88 79 64 146
LIPITOR 85 81 65 91
AVELOX 84 73 66 262
BUSPIRONE HCL 81 62 67 135
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 80 65 68 33
JANUVIA 79 70 69 74
SPS 77 77 70 223
GLIPIZIDE ER 73 64 71 102
ALLOPURINOL 72 71 72 49
SYNTHROID 70 69 73 72
LATANOPROST 69 56 74 143
LABETALOL HCL 66 53 75 160
ROPINIROLE HCL 66 65 75 151
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 65 54 77 175
ACTONEL 64 63 78 229
HUMALOG 62 42 79 109
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 62 62 79 79
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 62 54 79 110
HALOPERIDOL 60 38 82 133
BYSTOLIC 60 51 82 126
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 58 58 84 59
GENERLAC 57 52 85 216
GLIPIZIDE XL 56 47 86 125
NABUMETONE 56 45 86 206
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 55 49 R 88 157
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 55 46 88 218
GLIMEPIRIDE 55 55 88 57
OXYCODONE HCL 53 41 S2 91 34
FLUOXETINE HCL 53 26 91 83
BENICAR 53 50 91 153
ZETIA 52 48 94 99
DIOVAN HCT 52 47 94 76
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 52 52 94 78
LEXAPRO 52 49 94 174
MECLIZINE HCL 52 52 94 140
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 52 42 S2 94 44
NAPROXEN 51 41 100 107
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 51 43 S3 100 20
LYRICA 50 36 102 92
ZOSTAVAX 50 48 102 202
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. 15, 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.