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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,764Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 916 out of 2343

$430K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 835 out of 2343

247 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
31% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 247 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 247 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 5,853 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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 327 277 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 294 222 2 4
FUROSEMIDE 273 231 3 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 232 198 4 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 229 217 5 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 207 185 6 7
LISINOPRIL 148 127 7 3
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 143 118 8 42
CITALOPRAM HBR 123 96 9 17
CLOPIDOGREL 108 98 10 26
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 106 105 11 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 104 104 12 18
CYMBALTA 98 61 13 74
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 98 98 13 32
PLAVIX 96 90 15 38
ATENOLOL 88 83 16 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 84 83 17 10
CELEBREX 82 55 18 71
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 79 72 19 14
METFORMIN HCL 76 70 20 9
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 72 72 21 28
AVODART 68 68 22 165
AZITHROMYCIN 67 59 23 39
METHADONE HCL 66 13 S2 24 242
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 64 55 25 122
WARFARIN SODIUM 64 62 25 8
PREDNISONE 62 60 27 37
WELCHOL 59 58 28 233
TAMSULOSIN HCL 58 54 29 29
ZETIA 56 56 30 52
DIGOXIN 53 53 31 35
KLOR-CON M20 53 35 31 44
DIOVAN 52 44 33 23
CRESTOR 51 48 34 30
ADVAIR DISKUS 51 42 34 34
TRAMADOL HCL 50 38 36 25
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 Oct. 15, 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.