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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,491Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 118 out of 247

$368K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 91 out of 247

371 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
18% 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 Maine
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 371 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 371 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 4,345 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$82 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 196 189 1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 129 126 2 6
SIMVASTATIN 126 122 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 123 122 4 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 108 106 5 8
LISINOPRIL 78 78 6 2
GABAPENTIN 74 74 7 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 71 8 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 71 71 9 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 71 69 9 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 69 66 11 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 67 65 S3 12 11
ATENOLOL 66 66 13 10
OMEPRAZOLE 66 66 13 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 64 64 15 35
WARFARIN SODIUM 63 63 16 13
PAROXETINE HCL 58 58 17 45
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 58 57 17 138
ADVAIR DISKUS 57 57 19 18
LOVASTATIN 56 52 20 22
SERTRALINE HCL 53 53 21 16
AZITHROMYCIN 52 49 22 48
CITALOPRAM HBR 50 50 23 20
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. 23, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.