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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,381Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 249 out of 1269

$499K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 156 out of 1269

283 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
22% 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 Maryland
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 283 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 283 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 4,896 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$93 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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 Maryland
SIMVASTATIN 247 234 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 160 149 2 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 139 124 3 7
OMEPRAZOLE 131 114 4 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 130 129 5 2
GLIMEPIRIDE 103 91 6 57
LISINOPRIL 102 92 7 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 102 99 7 21
FUROSEMIDE 101 90 9 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 99 94 10 13
SYNTHROID 96 92 11 72
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 87 73 12 19
MELOXICAM 84 77 13 68
METFORMIN HCL 83 77 14 9
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 80 14 59
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 81 77 S3 16 20
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 76 75 17 11
CRESTOR 76 71 17 25
PREDNISONE 74 69 19 45
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 73 68 20 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 69 63 21 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 68 59 22 15
NAPROXEN 58 54 23 107
SERTRALINE HCL 57 57 24 23
KLOR-CON M20 55 49 25 60
LEVOFLOXACIN 51 47 26 75
TIZANIDINE HCL 51 26 26 388
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 April 27, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.