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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,486Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 183 out of 1269

$421K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 209 out of 1269

188 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
72% 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 Maryland
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 188 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 188 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 6,419 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 242 236 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 197 197 2 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 195 195 3 22
LISINOPRIL 162 158 4 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 162 162 4 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 145 145 6 6
FUROSEMIDE 128 127 7 5
OMEPRAZOLE 128 128 7 8
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 118 118 9 50
SIMVASTATIN 118 118 9 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 117 116 11 26
ATENOLOL 112 112 12 14
GABAPENTIN 103 103 13 17
NAMENDA 102 101 14 38
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 99 98 15 58
TRAZODONE HCL 99 99 15 36
MIRTAZAPINE 98 98 17 24
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 92 92 18 53
METFORMIN HCL 91 89 19 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 82 82 20 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 73 73 21 11
PREDNISONE 69 69 22 45
KLOR-CON M20 69 69 22 60
SERTRALINE HCL 66 65 24 23
OLANZAPINE 64 64 25 89
CYMBALTA 60 60 26 70
LIDODERM 55 55 27 56
ADVAIR DISKUS 55 55 27 46
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 54 54 S3 29 20
DIGOXIN 53 53 30 62
LANTUS 53 53 30 39
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 51 51 32 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 50 50 33 31
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 Dec. 20, 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.