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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,915Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 101 out of 247

$302K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 126 out of 247

432 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%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 Maine
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 432 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 432 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 4,490 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 24%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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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 Maine
SIMVASTATIN 192 186 1 1
ATENOLOL 173 155 2 10
LISINOPRIL 173 161 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 145 137 4 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 138 126 5 7
FUROSEMIDE 136 128 6 5
OMEPRAZOLE 129 110 7 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 120 117 8 6
LOVASTATIN 101 95 9 22
TAMSULOSIN HCL 98 86 10 31
DONEPEZIL HCL 97 97 11 35
METFORMIN HCL 96 94 12 12
GABAPENTIN 82 62 13 17
CHLORTHALIDONE 77 77 14 98
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 75 68 15 32
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 75 74 15 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 72 54 S3 17 11
GLIPIZIDE 70 68 18 43
PROAIR HFA 68 66 19 29
SERTRALINE HCL 67 60 20 16
ADVAIR DISKUS 66 48 21 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 65 65 22 14
PAROXETINE HCL 62 58 23 45
TRAZODONE HCL 58 54 24 28
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 56 25 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 55 55 26 13
TRAMADOL HCL 54 51 27 25
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 Aug. 4, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.