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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,463Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 54 out of 247

$360K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 95 out of 247

460 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
54% 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 Maine
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 460 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 460 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 5,188 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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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 Maine
OMEPRAZOLE 306 238 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 229 175 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 226 197 3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 223 181 4 6
FUROSEMIDE 215 172 5 5
LISINOPRIL 198 177 6 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 150 139 7 7
METFORMIN HCL 147 92 8 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 144 129 9 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 133 113 10 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 130 104 11 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 121 120 12 9
ATENOLOL 98 91 13 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 96 95 14 14
PROAIR HFA 95 63 15 29
TRAMADOL HCL 94 88 16 25
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 94 68 S3 16 11
SERTRALINE HCL 93 70 18 16
RANITIDINE HCL 90 41 19 34
SPIRIVA 90 79 19 26
TRAZODONE HCL 88 62 21 28
ALLOPURINOL 86 77 22 33
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 84 53 23 37
TAMSULOSIN HCL 79 69 24 31
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 74 74 25 32
ADVAIR DISKUS 67 58 26 18
LOVASTATIN 65 51 27 22
OXYCODONE HCL 63 39 S2 28 27
LANTUS 62 36 29 39
WARFARIN SODIUM 60 56 30 13
GABAPENTIN 58 31 31 17
LIPITOR 54 48 32 50
DONEPEZIL HCL 52 52 33 35
CITALOPRAM HBR 52 41 33 20
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 6, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.