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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,448Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 37 out of 1269

$664K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 63 out of 1269

327 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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
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this specialty
in Maryland
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 327 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 327 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 11,958 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 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
LISINOPRIL 488 454 1 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 459 425 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 453 410 3 4
FUROSEMIDE 433 395 4 5
OMEPRAZOLE 345 323 5 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 341 337 6 2
GABAPENTIN 304 258 7 17
SIMVASTATIN 291 247 8 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 273 239 9 7
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 249 232 10 86
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 231 201 11 13
METFORMIN HCL 223 197 12 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 222 214 13 12
TRAMADOL HCL 217 189 14 16
MIRTAZAPINE 212 210 15 24
LANTUS 200 143 16 39
DONEPEZIL HCL 187 187 17 22
CITALOPRAM HBR 167 153 18 21
ATENOLOL 160 154 19 14
OXYCODONE HCL 141 115 S2 20 34
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 134 99 21 18
ADVAIR DISKUS 121 116 22 46
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 114 107 23 11
LYRICA 114 89 23 92
CLOPIDOGREL 109 93 25 32
CARVEDILOL 109 96 25 29
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 108 84 27 54
SERTRALINE HCL 107 96 28 23
DIOVAN 104 104 29 35
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 101 85 30 84
BUSPIRONE HCL 95 83 31 135
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 93 75 32 66
PAROXETINE HCL 92 91 33 71
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 92 69 33 50
TRAZODONE HCL 92 90 33 36
CYMBALTA 90 75 36 70
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 89 89 37 88
HUMALOG 87 45 38 109
PLAVIX 87 72 38 47
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 81 81 40 53
CEPHALEXIN 80 53 41 113
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 76 76 42 127
NYSTOP 76 72 42 186
FLUOXETINE HCL 75 72 44 83
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 66 44 10
RANITIDINE HCL 75 67 44 27
KLOR-CON M20 71 62 47 60
NOVOLOG 70 68 48 82
SPIRIVA 69 66 49 64
SPIRONOLACTONE 68 41 50 77
CARBAMAZEPINE 68 29 50 148
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 66 62 52 19
LAMOTRIGINE 63 39 53 194
RISPERIDONE 62 62 54 43
GLIMEPIRIDE 62 49 54 57
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 61 57 56 15
NYSTATIN 60 48 57 119
TAMSULOSIN HCL 59 58 58 31
PREDNISONE 59 45 58 45
LEVOFLOXACIN 59 59 58 75
NAMENDA 59 59 58 38
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 58 46 62 110
GLYBURIDE 57 50 R 63 94
VENLAFAXINE HCL 57 56 63 367
IBUPROFEN 56 39 65 73
OXYCONTIN 56 49 S2 65 116
LIDODERM 56 56 65 56
PRANDIN 55 54 68 266
JANTOVEN 55 50 68 52
LOVASTATIN 55 50 68 30
BACLOFEN 55 55 68 103
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 54 54 72 58
LEVETIRACETAM 53 41 73 55
COLCRYS 53 53 73 150
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 53 53 73 114
GLIPIZIDE 51 51 76 37
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 July 6, 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.