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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Legal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,435Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 30

$914K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 30

687 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
27% 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 687 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 687 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 17,453 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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 Pennsylvania
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 818 769 1 3
OMEPRAZOLE 695 638 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 635 567 3 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 571 543 4 7
JANTOVEN 550 549 5 29
FUROSEMIDE 512 499 6 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 386 382 7 6
ATENOLOL 350 339 8 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 345 330 S3 9 9
LISINOPRIL 330 307 10 4
QUINAPRIL HCL 327 300 11 67
DONEPEZIL HCL 325 325 12 23
GABAPENTIN 318 306 13 18
SERTRALINE HCL 280 269 14 26
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 249 249 15 12
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 247 247 16 22
CITALOPRAM HBR 247 233 16 16
NAMENDA 239 239 18 33
WARFARIN SODIUM 231 216 19 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 214 213 20 10
PREDNISONE 209 205 21 34
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 208 200 22 76
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 197 187 23 19
METFORMIN HCL 182 173 24 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 179 179 25 15
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 176 149 26 123
DIOVAN 173 173 27 28
KLOR-CON M20 166 161 28 36
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 158 141 29 41
SYNTHROID 155 155 30 52
BUMETANIDE 144 126 31 54
ALLOPURINOL 142 142 32 35
TRAMADOL HCL 137 134 33 32
VERAPAMIL ER 137 136 33 94
JANUVIA 132 132 35 61
NOVOLIN 70-30 132 132 35 137
PRANDIN 132 131 35 137
CARVEDILOL 129 117 38 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 125 117 39 14
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 124 115 40 38
ADVAIR DISKUS 122 107 41 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 118 103 42 46
GLYBURIDE 116 108 R 43 66
MIRTAZAPINE 111 106 44 63
DIGOXIN 107 107 45 24
TRAZODONE HCL 104 90 46 39
NEXIUM 99 96 47 27
MELOXICAM 96 86 48 60
AZITHROMYCIN 94 89 49 44
CYMBALTA 84 79 50 99
SEROQUEL 84 84 50 105
TRICOR 82 82 52 69
RISPERIDONE 78 70 53 70
CLOPIDOGREL 76 70 54 20
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 75 75 55 73
RANITIDINE HCL 73 73 56 42
INSULIN SYRINGE 72 64 57 110
LACTULOSE 71 58 58 145
SPIRONOLACTONE 70 61 59 62
ZETIA 69 62 60 51
NIFEDICAL XL 67 67 61 179
MECLIZINE HCL 66 62 62 134
ROPINIROLE HCL 63 63 63 115
PLAVIX 62 56 64 30
FENTANYL 59 59 S2 65 50
LEVETIRACETAM 58 51 66 80
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 58 48 66 71
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 57 55 68 193
CLONIDINE HCL 57 57 68 74
METOLAZONE 56 55 70 97
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 55 54 71 21
PRADAXA 54 54 72 114
DOXEPIN HCL 53 53 73 202
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 52 40 S2 74 89
LYRICA 52 41 74 92
NOVOLIN R 52 52 74 144
DETROL LA 51 51 77 142
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 51 51 77 65
AGGRENOX 51 51 77 205
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 50 43 80 40
LATANOPROST 50 50 80 208
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.