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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,778Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 64 out of 2343

$1.56M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 20 out of 2343

277 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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

6% of this provider’s 277 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 277 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 19,687 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

45% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$75 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

75 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
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 651 606 1 7
FUROSEMIDE 644 639 2 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 530 514 3 24
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 423 400 4 5
SYNTHROID 423 407 4 40
OMEPRAZOLE 413 384 6 4
SIMVASTATIN 401 349 7 1
CRESTOR 390 365 8 30
NEXIUM 388 376 9 33
DIOVAN 378 365 10 23
LOVAZA 370 338 11 113
PLAVIX 357 341 12 38
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 339 310 13 10
MECLIZINE HCL 328 325 14 103
CLONIDINE HCL 315 302 15 70
RANITIDINE HCL 282 282 16 43
DIOVAN HCT 281 276 17 63
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 276 273 18 18
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 275 258 R 19 154
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 262 234 20 14
ATELVIA 259 259 21 234
LISINOPRIL 254 214 22 3
LIPITOR 253 252 23 78
ATENOLOL 246 234 24 12
CLOPIDOGREL 235 229 25 26
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 222 216 26 11
CARVEDILOL 216 208 27 27
CREON 213 210 28 197
NITROSTAT 202 200 29 164
ONGLYZA 201 201 30 211
TAMSULOSIN HCL 199 186 31 29
METFORMIN HCL 196 183 32 9
LIDODERM 186 176 33 130
FAMOTIDINE 185 160 34 60
VOLTAREN 178 164 35 175
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 171 171 36 32
NAMENDA 166 166 37 36
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 151 151 38 219
PROCTOZONE-HC 145 145 39 208
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 138 138 40 28
KETOCONAZOLE 135 135 41 232
ZETIA 135 129 41 52
NAPROXEN 134 120 43 108
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 132 127 44 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 131 131 45 59
SOLARAZE 130 130 46 277
ADVAIR DISKUS 128 105 47 34
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 128 127 47 46
NASONEX 126 113 49 209
BENICAR HCT 126 126 49 156
DONEPEZIL HCL 125 125 51 21
CELEBREX 122 115 52 71
DEXILANT 122 114 52 184
BENICAR 121 121 54 93
DICYCLOMINE HCL 112 99 55 202
EXFORGE 111 111 56 163
ALLOPURINOL 107 72 57 31
SINGULAIR 107 103 57 100
AZITHROMYCIN 103 98 59 39
VESICARE 99 99 60 145
FEXOFENADINE HCL 98 98 61 240
BYSTOLIC 97 97 62 123
PROAIR HFA 97 97 62 86
AMMONIUM LACTATE 89 89 64 228
COUMADIN 87 87 65 216
IBUPROFEN 86 82 66 75
TRAMADOL HCL 85 85 67 25
BONIVA 84 84 68 332
JANUVIA 82 69 69 50
LEXAPRO 82 76 69 178
GLIPIZIDE 82 82 69 56
DIGOXIN 81 81 72 35
ACTOS 78 72 73 125
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 77 77 74 83
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 76 76 75 192
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 76 75 75 57
VERAPAMIL ER 76 72 75 95
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 75 75 78 288
WARFARIN SODIUM 75 74 78 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 74 74 80 2
HYDROCORTISONE 73 73 81 225
SPIRIVA 72 71 82 48
SINGLE USE SWAB 72 72 82 241
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 72 62 82 181
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 71 60 85 127
METOLAZONE 71 70 85 173
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 70 68 87 155
ALCOHOL SWABS 67 65 88 303
PROCTOSOL-HC 66 66 89 411
LANSOPRAZOLE 65 65 90 162
GLIMEPIRIDE 65 65 90 45
KLOR-CON 10 63 62 92 134
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 63 63 92 55
AVODART 63 63 92 165
ZENPEP 62 62 95 353
ACTONEL 60 60 96 182
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 56 56 97 54
METFORMIN HCL ER 54 44 98 88
GABAPENTIN 53 46 99 16
VYTORIN 51 47 100 185
LUNESTA 51 47 100 389
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 51 50 S3 100 112
ULORIC 50 50 103 340
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 50 47 103 72
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 Feb. 8, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.