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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,266Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 193 out of 2343

$937K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 155 out of 2343

838 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 838 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 838 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 12,949 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 791 740 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 736 535 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 631 447 3 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 573 510 4 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 506 464 5 10
FUROSEMIDE 449 400 6 6
METFORMIN HCL 434 397 7 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 430 360 8 2
LISINOPRIL 332 245 9 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 274 249 10 8
GABAPENTIN 269 247 11 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 253 236 12 11
IBUPROFEN 217 156 13 75
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 196 180 S3 14 13
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 193 160 15 122
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 175 164 16 59
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 171 149 17 22
CARVEDILOL 166 153 18 27
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 154 128 19 42
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 153 134 20 18
AZITHROMYCIN 136 109 21 39
CITALOPRAM HBR 133 113 22 17
MELOXICAM 129 109 23 68
DIGOXIN 121 113 24 35
DONEPEZIL HCL 119 119 25 21
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 113 102 26 19
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 112 108 27 28
NEXIUM 110 98 28 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 109 103 29 29
CRESTOR 109 108 29 30
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 105 73 31 15
DIOVAN HCT 103 88 32 63
OLANZAPINE 102 52 33 121
TRAZODONE HCL 100 55 34 53
SERTRALINE HCL 96 76 35 20
ADVAIR DISKUS 95 87 36 34
FLUOXETINE HCL 93 65 37 82
QUINAPRIL HCL 92 70 38 73
MIRTAZAPINE 92 74 38 41
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 91 74 40 32
DIOVAN 90 90 41 23
SPIRIVA 90 76 41 48
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 88 86 43 64
CLOPIDOGREL 86 80 44 26
ZETIA 85 67 45 52
PLAVIX 77 77 46 38
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 75 71 47 14
NAMENDA 73 73 48 36
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 71 30 R 49 224
ATENOLOL 70 70 50 12
NAPROXEN 69 53 51 108
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 69 60 51 72
KLOR-CON M20 69 55 51 44
LIPITOR 66 64 54 78
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 63 62 55 54
BENICAR HCT 61 61 56 156
FENOFIBRATE 60 37 57 94
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 59 56 58 101
LANTUS 58 51 59 51
RANITIDINE HCL 58 47 59 43
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 57 57 61 212
VENTOLIN HFA 56 47 62 79
EXELON 56 56 62 129
SINGULAIR 55 48 64 100
GLIPIZIDE 54 49 65 56
EVISTA 53 53 66 128
MECLIZINE HCL 53 52 66 103
GLIPIZIDE XL 53 50 66 84
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 53 53 R 66 154
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 52 52 70 85
BENAZEPRIL HCL 50 49 71 113
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 Sept. 16, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.