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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Thoracic Surgery Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,869Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 20

$623K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 20

150 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
27%Patients 65 Years and Older
0% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 150 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 2,366 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 15%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

72 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 433 68 1 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 392 34 2 4
RISPERIDONE 389 55 3 5
LOVAZA 384 20 4 6
OLANZAPINE 383 68 5 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 358 69 6 8
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 339 110 7 9
SERTRALINE HCL 291 69 8 10
GLYCOPYRROLATE 267 69 10 9 11
LEVETIRACETAM 263 49 10 12
RANITIDINE HCL 261 83 11 13
LANSOPRAZOLE 236 51 12 15
LAMOTRIGINE 211 45 13 18
JANTOVEN 210 76 14 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 206 26 15 20
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 201 51 16 21
LISINOPRIL 190 29 17 14
CARBAMAZEPINE 175 0 18 22
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 173 54 19 23
LITHIUM CARBONATE 169 0 20 24
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 144 48 21 25
FUROSEMIDE 143 49 22 26
ZONISAMIDE 135 25 23 28
TOPIRAMATE 117 41 24 29
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 117 0 24 29
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 108 51 26 31
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 101 24 27 33
BACLOFEN 93 55 28 36
MUPIROCIN 91 29 29 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 88 11 30 37
DILANTIN 88 14 30 37
LEVOCARNITINE 87 0 32 39
CARBAMAZEPINE XR 84 40 33 40
LACTULOSE 79 0 34 41
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 78 20 35 42
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 72 42 36 43
GABAPENTIN 71 23 37 44
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 69 0 38 45
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 68 27 39 46
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 68 11 39 1
ERYTHROMYCIN 66 23 41 48
CITALOPRAM HBR 66 0 41 48
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 66 0 41 48
E.E.S. 200 63 63 10 44 51
CELEBREX 63 0 44 51
VALPROIC ACID 61 15 46 53
NEXIUM 60 21 47 54
VIMPAT 57 28 48 55
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 55 14 49 56
AK-POLY-BAC 54 43 10 50 57
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 50 33 51 58
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 May 30, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.