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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,994Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 727 out of 2343

$101K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1940 out of 2343

324 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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 324 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 324 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 7,292 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$13 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
OMEPRAZOLE 365 333 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 319 291 2 1
LISINOPRIL 280 268 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 267 242 4 2
CITALOPRAM HBR 241 233 5 17
ASPIRIN EC 221 211 6 179
FUROSEMIDE 220 207 7 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 187 172 8 5
SENNA PLUS 174 168 9 278
METFORMIN HCL 153 152 10 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 145 133 11 7
ATENOLOL 132 120 12 12
DOC-Q-LACE 126 126 10 13 330
CALCIUM 500 + VIT D 126 126 10 13 314
ARTHRITIS PAIN RELIEF 119 119 10 15 337
GABAPENTIN 117 104 16 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 117 106 S3 16 13
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 114 103 18 42
DAILY VITE 114 109 18 294
ACETAMINOPHEN 112 108 20 270
GALANTAMINE HBR 109 109 21 302
TRAMADOL HCL 97 93 22 25
VITAMIN D 97 91 22 201
ASPIRIN 89 84 24 215
FERROUS SULFATE 88 83 25 254
WARFARIN SODIUM 82 61 26 8
CARVEDILOL 80 70 27 27
NAMENDA 80 80 27 36
MIRTAZAPINE 75 75 29 41
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 72 62 30 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 72 69 30 18
TRAZODONE HCL 70 56 32 53
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 68 62 33 169
ALLOPURINOL 65 64 34 31
PAROXETINE HCL 63 49 35 66
PLAVIX 61 61 36 38
FAMOTIDINE 60 54 37 60
LORATADINE 58 58 38 289
CYMBALTA 54 49 39 74
SERTRALINE HCL 53 53 40 20
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 53 52 40 54
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.