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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,942Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 29 out of 1269

$1.01M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 26 out of 1269

398 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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

10% of this provider’s 398 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 398 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 11,775 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

$73 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 567 506 1 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 548 447 2 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 395 345 3 2
LISINOPRIL 354 317 4 1
FUROSEMIDE 330 303 5 5
OMEPRAZOLE 303 276 6 8
SIMVASTATIN 277 239 7 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 276 236 8 6
NAMENDA 273 273 9 38
RANITIDINE HCL 219 173 10 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 218 198 11 21
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 185 163 12 110
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 177 163 13 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 170 149 14 7
LANTUS 165 140 15 39
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 165 145 15 18
MIRTAZAPINE 164 156 17 24
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 156 130 S3 18 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 146 146 19 22
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 146 117 19 40
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 137 117 21 26
METFORMIN HCL 134 112 22 9
LYRICA 130 121 23 92
SERTRALINE HCL 130 129 23 23
DIOVAN 126 102 25 35
FAMOTIDINE 123 94 26 85
TRAZODONE HCL 123 118 26 36
HALOPERIDOL 114 77 28 133
CARVEDILOL 114 88 28 29
CLOPIDOGREL 111 98 30 32
TRAMADOL HCL 111 108 30 16
RISPERIDONE 109 108 32 43
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 109 92 32 19
LIDODERM 105 101 34 56
GABAPENTIN 102 82 35 17
LEVETIRACETAM 102 48 35 55
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 100 71 37 53
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 100 91 37 50
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 99 99 39 78
PLAVIX 99 91 39 47
DIGOXIN 99 99 39 62
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 96 75 42 58
EXELON 95 95 43 142
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 90 60 44 154
ATENOLOL 87 72 45 14
KLOR-CON M20 87 73 45 60
SPIRIVA 87 79 45 64
NASONEX 86 71 48 230
LEVOFLOXACIN 85 62 49 75
GLIPIZIDE 85 83 49 37
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 82 55 51 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 82 79 51 31
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 78 57 53 11
PROAIR HFA 77 47 54 61
JANUVIA 75 62 55 74
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 74 62 56 10
HYDRALAZINE HCL 72 51 57 48
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 69 56 58 84
FENTANYL 69 57 S2 58 105
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 68 66 60 86
CLONIDINE HCL 67 38 61 51
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 67 43 61 197
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 45 63 46
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 61 54 63 114
CYMBALTA 60 57 65 70
PREDNISONE 60 44 65 45
FLUOXETINE HCL 54 36 67 83
SPIRONOLACTONE 52 50 68 77
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 51 28 69 54
SEROQUEL 51 33 69 104
COLCRYS 50 50 71 150
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 May 2, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.