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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,851Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 97 out of 817

$1.12M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 817

705 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
39% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 705 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 3,744 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

56% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$191 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $89 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 817 540 1 2
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 539 338 2 99
PEN NEEDLE 414 263 3 105
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 357 247 4 180
METFORMIN HCL ER 285 165 5 142
HUMALOG 179 93 6 125
LANTUS 164 105 7 64
INSULIN SYRINGE 152 106 8 135
SYNTHROID 136 99 9 36
SIMVASTATIN 128 76 10 1
LOVAZA 126 83 11 203
LISINOPRIL 109 50 12 3
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 109 71 12 313
GLIMEPIRIDE 107 61 14 88
FENOFIBRATE 107 55 14 109
METFORMIN HCL 106 74 16 13
JANUVIA 98 81 17 66
HUMULIN R 97 42 18 440
NOVOLOG 94 65 19 148
TRICOR 87 66 20 110
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 71 66 21 283
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 70 23 22 341
GABAPENTIN 69 50 23 12
METHIMAZOLE 64 64 24 300
BYETTA 64 49 24 476
HUMULIN N 63 49 26 290
PRANDIN 62 49 27 159
BYDUREON 61 48 28 479
CRESTOR 58 13 29 56
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 April 15, 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.