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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,107Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1656 out of 3734

$422K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 982 out of 3734

255 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 255 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 3,689 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$83 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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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
SIMVASTATIN 275 200 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 179 114 2 4
LISINOPRIL 161 107 3 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 159 110 4 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 151 113 5 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 143 124 6 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 136 109 7 11
METFORMIN HCL 129 84 8 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 117 112 9 9
FUROSEMIDE 106 66 10 7
JANUVIA 105 81 11 50
FENOFIBRATE 91 55 12 81
DIOVAN HCT 81 71 13 72
ATENOLOL 71 65 14 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 68 58 S3 15 12
TRICOR 67 41 16 93
NEXIUM 63 39 17 36
DIOVAN 60 50 18 31
GABAPENTIN 60 32 18 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 56 53 20 56
WARFARIN SODIUM 56 19 20 10
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 55 52 22 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 53 33 23 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 53 28 23 24
SPIRIVA 52 34 25 40
CRESTOR 50 39 26 28
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.