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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,912Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 40 out of 2343

$1.23M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 53 out of 2343

684 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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

7% of this provider’s 684 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 684 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 20,249 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,044 914 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 944 849 2 1
LISINOPRIL 888 841 3 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 705 655 4 7
OMEPRAZOLE 693 625 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 677 602 6 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 659 640 7 8
METFORMIN HCL 456 429 8 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 433 290 S3 9 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 422 385 10 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 351 301 11 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 342 338 12 10
CARVEDILOL 311 274 13 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 302 275 14 17
GABAPENTIN 283 255 15 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 247 234 16 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 245 168 17 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 244 236 18 11
ALLOPURINOL 242 219 19 31
DIOVAN 238 218 20 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 232 213 21 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 223 211 22 21
CLOPIDOGREL 210 194 23 26
ATENOLOL 207 190 24 12
NEXIUM 207 178 24 33
JANUVIA 195 188 26 50
TAMSULOSIN HCL 193 180 27 29
TRAMADOL HCL 191 165 28 25
PREDNISONE 187 151 29 37
DIOVAN HCT 178 174 30 63
CYMBALTA 161 143 31 74
CRESTOR 159 150 32 30
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 157 143 33 42
PLAVIX 154 146 34 38
DIGOXIN 149 140 35 35
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 146 115 36 55
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 143 133 S2 37 49
SYNTHROID 142 133 38 40
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 128 125 39 59
KLOR-CON M10 127 125 40 107
SERTRALINE HCL 126 102 41 20
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 126 112 41 72
LANTUS 125 110 43 51
LOVAZA 124 117 44 113
FINASTERIDE 122 122 45 80
GLYBURIDE 120 104 R 46 62
SPIRONOLACTONE 116 98 47 65
LYRICA 115 107 48 135
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 111 109 49 15
MIRTAZAPINE 107 94 50 41
LIPITOR 107 105 50 78
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 105 96 52 32
KLOR-CON M20 103 98 53 44
AZITHROMYCIN 101 81 54 39
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 95 94 55 22
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 93 92 56 58
BENICAR 90 79 57 93
RANITIDINE HCL 89 82 58 43
PAROXETINE HCL 88 64 59 66
CEPHALEXIN 87 73 60 111
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 81 61 151
METOLAZONE 85 83 61 173
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 84 84 63 76
ADVAIR DISKUS 84 80 63 34
VERAPAMIL ER 83 79 65 95
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 83 83 65 83
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 83 79 R 65 154
ZETIA 83 54 65 52
AMOXICILLIN 82 69 69 118
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 81 72 70 28
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 76 65 71 101
BENAZEPRIL HCL 75 63 72 113
NAMENDA 74 74 73 36
PEN NEEDLE 73 56 74 119
GLIMEPIRIDE 72 67 75 45
SPIRIVA 71 30 76 48
RISPERIDONE 71 59 76 61
BYSTOLIC 70 70 78 123
NIASPAN 70 55 78 141
TORSEMIDE 69 49 80 157
TRICOR 69 58 80 96
BUMETANIDE 68 63 82 91
GLIPIZIDE 68 68 82 56
METFORMIN HCL ER 67 55 84 88
HUMALOG 65 64 85 131
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 65 29 85 152
MECLIZINE HCL 64 64 87 103
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 62 54 88 57
FLUOXETINE HCL 62 37 88 82
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 59 90 64
KLOR-CON 10 61 50 90 134
FAMOTIDINE 61 61 90 60
PROPRANOLOL HCL 59 59 93 132
BENICAR HCT 59 57 93 156
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 59 47 93 149
FENOFIBRATE 58 45 96 94
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 56 41 97 160
LEXAPRO 56 36 97 178
TRAZODONE HCL 55 43 99 53
NOVOLOG 55 52 99 110
CILOSTAZOL 54 54 101 204
PRADAXA 53 43 102 188
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 52 47 103 127
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 51 51 104 46
PROAIR HFA 50 31 105 86
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.