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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,714Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 817

$1.26M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 817

573 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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
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this specialty
in Pennsylvania
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 573 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 573 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 20,545 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $89 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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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
WARFARIN SODIUM 790 725 1 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 714 698 2 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 630 628 3 18
BUMETANIDE 585 563 4 146
SIMVASTATIN 578 546 5 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 527 496 S3 6 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 491 487 7 5
OMEPRAZOLE 489 461 8 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 359 323 9 19
METOLAZONE 352 346 10 10 220
DONEPEZIL HCL 345 342 11 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 334 319 12 6
FUROSEMIDE 325 323 13 8
LISINOPRIL 303 280 14 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 286 267 15 9
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 283 283 16 38
GABAPENTIN 268 253 17 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 256 240 18 11
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 255 252 19 22
FAMOTIDINE 247 234 20 71
ATENOLOL 242 228 21 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 236 232 22 16
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 233 218 23 86
KLOR-CON M20 230 220 24 61
CLOPIDOGREL 223 218 25 27
ZETIA 197 153 26 47
DIOVAN 189 172 27 28
PLAVIX 182 177 28 44
NAMENDA 175 175 29 33
MIRTAZAPINE 174 174 30 40
LANTUS 165 146 31 64
METFORMIN HCL 157 153 32 13
SPIRIVA 153 146 33 35
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 144 130 34 31
METHENAMINE HIPPURATE 144 131 34 241
AZITHROMYCIN 143 134 36 53
SERTRALINE HCL 137 122 37 24
ALLOPURINOL 136 134 38 50
FLUOXETINE HCL 135 126 39 87
PROMETHAZINE HCL 133 128 R 40 398
OLANZAPINE 132 132 41 101
NEXIUM 131 117 42 57
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 128 127 43 97
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 125 124 44 26
NITROFURANTOIN 121 121 45 166
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 117 114 46 39
QUINAPRIL HCL 117 94 46 72
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 111 96 48 74
PREDNISONE 108 107 49 17
CRESTOR 105 100 50 56
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 104 104 51 91
HYDRALAZINE HCL 104 104 51 133
AMOXICILLIN 101 91 53 138
VESICARE 100 86 54 63
CARVEDILOL 99 99 55 21
SUCRALFATE 97 97 56 299
SYNTHROID 97 83 56 36
NOVOLOG 97 96 56 148
GLIPIZIDE 97 83 56 84
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 94 92 60 59
FINASTERIDE 94 94 60 25
CEPHALEXIN 93 83 62 102
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 93 88 62 120
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 92 88 64 29
GLIPIZIDE XL 91 79 65 221
BENICAR 91 87 65 127
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 89 77 67 69
GLYBURIDE 87 84 R 68 89
VYTORIN 82 82 69 303
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 81 81 70 30
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 80 80 71 79
NOVOLIN 70-30 79 73 72 317
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 70 73 15
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 76 64 73 210
JANUVIA 74 74 75 66
DETROL LA 73 60 76 113
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 72 72 77 264
TRAZODONE HCL 72 72 77 41
CEFUROXIME 71 65 79 294
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 71 71 79 52
DIGOXIN 68 68 81 37
VERAPAMIL ER 66 66 82 150
CLONIDINE 66 53 82 471
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 66 65 82 142
AVODART 65 65 85 55
ONDANSETRON HCL 64 61 86 326
NYSTOP 63 62 87 350
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 61 88 32
CELEBREX 61 61 88 65
MONOJECT INSULIN SYRINGE 60 52 90 409
AGGRENOX 60 60 90 354
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 59 50 92 424
LOVASTATIN 58 49 93 121
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 58 52 93 401
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 56 54 95 119
RISPERIDONE 55 55 96 51
FENTANYL 55 55 S2 96 58
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 55 55 96 168
LABETALOL HCL 55 55 96 217
INSULIN SYRINGE 54 47 100 135
DEXTROSE WITH SODIUM CHLORIDE 54 54 100 495
SINGULAIR 54 54 100 100
BACLOFEN 52 19 103 103
NYAMYC 51 51 104 508
TRAMADOL HCL 50 38 105 23
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 50 50 105 240
RANITIDINE HCL 50 50 105 42
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 9, 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.