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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,438Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 58 out of 2343

$966K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 143 out of 2343

650 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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

9% of this provider’s 650 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 650 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 19,662 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,116 1,022 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 976 879 2 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 711 681 3 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 677 634 4 7
LISINOPRIL 675 615 5 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 597 562 6 18
FUROSEMIDE 546 509 7 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 524 494 8 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 491 448 9 14
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 470 422 10 28
LOVASTATIN 466 411 11 47
DONEPEZIL HCL 450 447 12 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 401 361 13 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 396 394 14 8
MIRTAZAPINE 394 385 15 41
METFORMIN HCL 383 347 16 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 311 267 17 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 264 214 S3 18 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 237 209 19 10
NAMENDA 234 234 20 36
TAMSULOSIN HCL 218 196 21 29
DIGOXIN 184 184 22 35
CLOPIDOGREL 177 172 23 26
RANITIDINE HCL 172 172 24 43
GABAPENTIN 161 158 25 16
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 159 135 26 105
FLUOXETINE HCL 142 115 27 82
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 137 128 28 22
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 136 135 29 15
FINASTERIDE 130 120 30 80
RISPERIDONE 128 116 31 61
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 126 109 32 180
TORSEMIDE 125 124 33 157
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 125 107 33 85
OLANZAPINE 122 122 35 121
NEXIUM 121 111 36 33
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 119 109 37 99
ATENOLOL 116 116 38 12
ALLOPURINOL 114 110 39 31
DIOVAN 114 107 39 23
TRAMADOL HCL 114 110 39 25
FELODIPINE ER 112 101 42 116
GEMFIBROZIL 108 77 43 133
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 108 93 43 24
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 106 99 45 120
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 106 106 45 83
KLOR-CON M20 105 95 47 44
PLAVIX 103 102 48 38
LANTUS 102 101 49 51
PAROXETINE HCL 101 88 50 66
HYDRALAZINE HCL 101 100 50 92
TERAZOSIN HCL 100 83 52 143
EVISTA 99 92 53 128
SERTRALINE HCL 97 91 54 20
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 97 84 54 72
QUINAPRIL HCL 96 96 56 73
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 89 85 57 32
PEN NEEDLE 89 79 57 119
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 88 79 59 55
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 88 87 59 54
PREDNISONE 88 83 59 37
KLOR-CON M10 84 71 62 107
LEVETIRACETAM 83 72 63 104
NOVOLOG 83 82 63 110
CARVEDILOL 80 80 65 27
PROAIR HFA 77 48 66 86
GLIPIZIDE 77 77 66 56
FENTANYL 73 57 S2 68 69
CELEBREX 73 73 68 71
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 73 73 68 58
AZITHROMYCIN 73 64 68 39
VERAPAMIL ER 71 71 72 95
LIPITOR 69 59 73 78
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 69 48 73 46
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 68 48 75 187
FORTEO 68 68 75 375
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 67 52 77 77
CLONIDINE HCL 67 58 77 70
ADVAIR DISKUS 66 50 79 34
GLYBURIDE 65 48 R 80 62
HUMALOG 65 61 80 131
LEVOFLOXACIN 65 63 80 106
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 65 65 80 19
SPIRIVA 63 50 84 48
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 60 60 85 76
NYSTATIN 59 57 86 172
SPIRONOLACTONE 58 57 87 65
FAMOTIDINE 57 57 88 60
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 55 50 89 122
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 43 90 42
KLOR-CON 10 54 48 90 134
AGGRENOX 52 52 92 174
DETROL LA 52 52 92 150
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 Feb. 14, 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.