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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,976Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 247

$448K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 54 out of 247

304 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% 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 Maine
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 304 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 8,205 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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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 Maine
SERTRALINE HCL 425 390 1 16
FUROSEMIDE 335 332 2 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 314 297 3 3
LISINOPRIL 312 296 4 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 279 278 5 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 240 202 6 7
MIRTAZAPINE 222 213 7 46
DONEPEZIL HCL 218 206 8 35
TRAMADOL HCL 210 209 9 25
RISPERIDONE 203 190 10 58
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 200 171 11 77
TRAZODONE HCL 177 176 12 28
OMEPRAZOLE 177 177 12 4
SIMVASTATIN 168 134 14 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 150 130 15 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 147 123 16 6
NAMENDA 139 139 17 47
SPIRIVA 138 136 18 26
METFORMIN HCL 120 115 19 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 111 111 20 14
ADVAIR DISKUS 111 111 20 18
KLOR-CON M20 108 90 22 44
FINASTERIDE 100 88 23 73
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 97 90 24 8
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 90 90 25 90
TAMSULOSIN HCL 84 72 26 31
GABAPENTIN 82 81 27 17
NYSTOP 80 59 28 133
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 77 77 29 40
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 76 69 30 84
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 74 66 31 36
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 72 60 32 140
LEVEMIR 70 54 33 132
PREDNISONE 70 70 33 21
ATENOLOL 69 69 35 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 69 69 35 19
CYMBALTA 65 62 37 52
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 53 50 38 112
LIDODERM 53 45 38 74
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 52 52 40 65
OLANZAPINE 51 48 41 106
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. 5, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.