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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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43,217Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 2343

$2.58M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 2343

681 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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 681 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 681 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 40,594 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

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

63 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 1,602 1,535 1 5
DIOVAN 1,215 1,153 2 23
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 1,181 1,136 3 32
SIMVASTATIN 1,151 1,047 4 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,148 1,112 5 7
OMEPRAZOLE 1,147 1,017 6 4
ATENOLOL 1,130 1,019 7 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 966 938 8 24
FUROSEMIDE 900 861 9 6
NEXIUM 830 784 10 33
METFORMIN HCL 805 727 11 9
MECLIZINE HCL 672 655 10 12 103
LISINOPRIL 621 563 13 3
TAMSULOSIN HCL 585 567 14 29
SYNTHROID 585 553 14 40
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 578 577 16 2
CLONIDINE HCL 576 560 17 70
PLAVIX 555 529 18 38
DIOVAN HCT 547 494 19 63
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 546 524 20 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 538 528 21 10
CRESTOR 503 484 22 30
JANUVIA 477 435 23 50
IBUPROFEN 470 417 24 75
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 436 410 25 28
CLOPIDOGREL 413 382 26 26
LIPITOR 400 398 27 78
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 397 373 28 46
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 376 350 29 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 370 356 30 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 370 370 30 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 368 327 32 11
LOVAZA 346 333 33 113
DICYCLOMINE HCL 332 299 34 202
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 331 318 35 59
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 328 275 36 19
LIDODERM 324 307 37 130
RANITIDINE HCL 308 301 38 43
CARVEDILOL 301 271 39 27
RANEXA 297 283 40 272
CREON 295 295 41 197
WARFARIN SODIUM 281 263 42 8
DEXILANT 280 249 43 184
PROAIR HFA 280 262 43 86
NAPROXEN 278 275 45 108
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 277 274 46 22
VOLTAREN 276 269 47 175
GLIPIZIDE 273 243 48 56
NITROSTAT 271 253 49 164
NAMENDA 265 265 50 36
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 261 260 51 147
PROCTOZONE-HC 252 225 52 208
AMMONIUM LACTATE 252 224 52 228
SERTRALINE HCL 248 232 54 20
CELEBREX 246 246 55 71
COUMADIN 233 233 56 216
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 224 218 57 219
LEXAPRO 218 191 58 178
AZITHROMYCIN 217 194 59 39
ADVAIR DISKUS 214 201 60 34
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 198 197 S3 61 112
GLIMEPIRIDE 192 152 62 45
ALCOHOL PREP PADS 189 180 10 63 284
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 185 181 64 98
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 183 181 65 55
FINASTERIDE 182 182 66 80
SINGLE USE SWAB 182 171 66 241
FAMOTIDINE 178 178 68 60
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 174 149 69 64
ZETIA 173 173 70 52
CITALOPRAM HBR 172 148 71 17
ALLOPURINOL 171 160 72 31
SINGULAIR 169 169 73 100
SOLARAZE 165 154 74 277
FEXOFENADINE HCL 156 155 75 240
VESICARE 156 156 75 145
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 149 136 77 83
SPIRIVA 147 145 78 48
KLOR-CON 10 143 138 79 134
LANSOPRAZOLE 132 117 80 162
PAROXETINE HCL 132 131 80 66
ALCOHOL SWABS 130 128 82 303
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 124 114 83 54
GABAPENTIN 123 117 84 16
AVODART 120 120 85 165
NASONEX 118 118 86 209
ENDOCET 118 97 S2 86 97
KETOCONAZOLE 117 89 88 232
GLYBURIDE 117 109 R 88 62
ACTONEL 116 103 90 182
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 109 85 91 223
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 109 94 91 155
NIFEDIPINE ER 106 95 93 89
ONGLYZA 106 89 93 211
ACTOS 106 106 93 125
FLUOXETINE HCL 104 102 96 82
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 102 95 97 127
KLOR-CON M10 101 91 98 107
COLCRYS 99 99 99 166
MUPIROCIN 98 93 100 260
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 97 97 101 288
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 95 94 102 192
MIRTAZAPINE 95 85 102 41
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 95 93 102 137
JANUMET 93 93 105 191
CILOSTAZOL 91 91 106 204
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 91 73 R 106 109
SYMBICORT 88 65 108 167
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 88 88 108 42
DIGOXIN 87 87 110 35
PREDNISONE 87 86 110 37
SUCRALFATE 87 87 110 248
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 87 75 110 57
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 86 86 114 263
PROCTOSOL-HC 85 85 115 411
BONIVA 84 84 116 332
LEVOFLOXACIN 83 71 117 106
LIDOCAINE 80 79 118 258
TRAMADOL HCL 79 79 119 25
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 79 69 119 415
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 77 77 121 181
TRICOR 77 66 121 96
COREG CR 76 63 123 301
AMIODARONE HCL 74 65 124 158
CLOTRIMAZOLE 73 69 125 388
EXFORGE 72 67 126 163
HYDROCORTISONE 71 70 127 225
SPIRONOLACTONE 70 59 128 65
TRAZODONE HCL 69 67 129 53
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 68 64 130 72
EXELON 65 65 131 129
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 65 65 R 131 154
GLIPIZIDE ER 65 65 131 115
DETROL LA 64 64 134 150
PEN NEEDLE 62 62 135 119
PROMETHAZINE HCL 60 55 R 136 222
VYTORIN 60 51 136 185
ROPINIROLE HCL 60 60 136 124
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 59 49 139 76
MOMETASONE FUROATE 58 58 140 439
INSULIN SYRINGE 58 47 140 102
LACTULOSE 58 58 140 139
VENTOLIN HFA 57 42 143 79
METHIMAZOLE 57 57 143 324
BENAZEPRIL HCL 57 51 143 113
METFORMIN HCL ER 56 43 146 88
PRANDIN 55 55 147 140
BENICAR 55 39 147 93
BYSTOLIC 52 52 149 123
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 51 39 150 287
NIASPAN 51 51 150 141
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 50 50 152 169
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. 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.