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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,774Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 254 out of 2343

$744K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 287 out of 2343

215 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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

9% of this provider’s 215 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 215 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 13,349 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

39% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 358 333 1 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 353 350 2 8
FUROSEMIDE 341 335 3 6
ATENOLOL 323 289 4 12
DIOVAN 304 294 5 23
METFORMIN HCL 298 291 6 9
OMEPRAZOLE 294 281 7 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 293 267 8 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 283 280 9 5
SIMVASTATIN 270 263 10 1
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 258 258 11 24
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 241 236 12 32
NEXIUM 239 239 13 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 237 237 14 29
MECLIZINE HCL 219 217 15 103
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 217 204 16 10
LISINOPRIL 200 165 17 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 200 194 17 18
SYNTHROID 197 197 19 40
GABAPENTIN 184 184 20 16
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 155 149 21 98
IBUPROFEN 149 136 22 75
LIDODERM 146 146 23 130
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 145 145 24 14
PLAVIX 131 131 25 38
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 127 127 26 263
DIOVAN HCT 126 103 27 63
CRESTOR 126 126 27 30
NAPROXEN 123 123 29 108
NAMENDA 122 122 30 36
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 120 117 31 54
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 119 119 32 46
ZETIA 113 97 33 52
CLOPIDOGREL 112 106 34 26
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 112 112 34 55
LOVAZA 112 108 34 113
CREON 110 110 37 197
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 109 108 38 19
COUMADIN 107 107 39 216
DICYCLOMINE HCL 107 107 39 202
AVODART 106 106 41 165
DONEPEZIL HCL 106 106 41 21
PROCTOZONE-HC 99 99 43 208
AZITHROMYCIN 94 85 44 39
LIPITOR 91 91 45 78
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 79 46 11
JANUVIA 88 88 47 50
GLIMEPIRIDE 83 83 48 45
NITROSTAT 81 79 49 164
RISPERIDONE 80 80 50 61
MIRTAZAPINE 80 80 50 41
PROAIR HFA 79 79 52 86
CARVEDILOL 79 79 52 27
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 78 78 S3 54 112
CLONIDINE HCL 76 76 55 70
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 75 56 64
BENICAR 74 74 57 93
FINASTERIDE 74 74 57 80
LEXAPRO 72 72 59 178
NIFEDICAL XL 71 71 60 148
TRAMADOL HCL 70 66 61 25
NIFEDIPINE ER 69 69 62 89
VOLTAREN 68 68 63 175
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 67 67 64 28
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 63 63 65 15
DIGOXIN 62 62 66 35
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 62 62 66 83
GLIPIZIDE 61 61 68 56
TRICOR 61 59 68 96
CILOSTAZOL 58 58 70 204
SERTRALINE HCL 56 43 71 20
BYSTOLIC 55 55 72 123
LANSOPRAZOLE 55 55 72 162
SINGLE USE SWAB 53 51 74 241
LIDOCAINE 53 52 74 258
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 52 52 76 22
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 52 52 76 168
ADVAIR DISKUS 51 51 78 34
DEXILANT 51 51 78 184
CELEBREX 51 51 78 71
ALCOHOL PREP PADS 50 39 81 284
VYTORIN 50 50 81 185
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.