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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,392Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 1269

$1.06M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 1269

553 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
79% 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 Maryland
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 553 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 553 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 16,944 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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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 Maryland
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 679 635 1 4
MIRTAZAPINE 619 605 2 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 540 482 3 6
LISINOPRIL 531 455 4 1
FUROSEMIDE 530 489 5 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 397 365 6 2
SIMVASTATIN 386 348 7 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 371 296 8 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 350 350 9 22
CITALOPRAM HBR 314 309 10 21
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 303 275 S3 11 20
OMEPRAZOLE 301 283 12 8
TRAZODONE HCL 298 294 13 36
FAMOTIDINE 279 245 14 85
LACTULOSE 260 189 15 67
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 255 249 16 7
METFORMIN HCL 254 236 17 9
TRAMADOL HCL 245 206 18 16
GABAPENTIN 235 163 19 17
CLOPIDOGREL 211 190 20 32
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 184 158 21 28
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 183 153 22 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 180 155 23 11
PLAVIX 175 165 24 47
SERTRALINE HCL 171 114 25 23
JANTOVEN 162 162 26 52
NAMENDA 161 148 27 38
DIGOXIN 158 156 28 62
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 156 144 29 13
MONOJECT INSULIN SYRINGE 152 152 10 30 283
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 149 137 31 26
OXYCONTIN 148 143 S2 32 116
LANTUS 144 116 33 39
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 143 83 34 54
FENTANYL 142 142 S2 35 105
RANITIDINE HCL 138 136 36 27
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 131 113 S2 37 121
ATENOLOL 130 130 38 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 130 122 38 10
OXYCODONE HCL 128 101 S2 40 34
PAROXETINE HCL 125 101 41 71
RISPERIDONE 123 90 42 43
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 118 65 S2 43 118
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 118 105 43 78
CELEBREX 113 100 45 95
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 113 93 45 19
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 110 99 S2 47 44
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 106 101 48 195
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 104 80 49 58
KLOR-CON M20 103 80 50 60
CARVEDILOL 97 87 51 29
NOVOLOG 95 82 52 82
LEVETIRACETAM 94 91 53 55
ADVAIR DISKUS 93 75 54 46
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 91 89 55 182
PREDNISONE 88 80 56 45
DIOVAN 84 69 57 35
GLIMEPIRIDE 83 78 58 57
NEXIUM 82 56 59 41
FLUOXETINE HCL 81 81 60 83
TAMSULOSIN HCL 80 66 61 31
CYMBALTA 80 55 61 70
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 79 57 63 40
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 79 79 63 88
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 79 79 63 127
INSULIN SYRINGE 78 52 66 87
LANSOPRAZOLE 77 64 67 120
LIPITOR 74 74 68 91
BACLOFEN 73 0 69 103
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 72 64 70 50
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 72 61 70 53
CLONIDINE HCL 71 66 72 51
HYDRALAZINE HCL 71 66 72 48
CARBAMAZEPINE 70 70 74 148
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 67 52 75 110
IBUPROFEN 67 45 75 73
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 65 52 77 300
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 65 62 77 86
NYSTATIN 63 60 79 119
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 62 55 R 80 157
NOVOFINE AUTOCOVER 61 56 81 295
AMIODARONE HCL 61 59 81 166
KLOR-CON 10 59 47 83 122
FENOFIBRATE 58 53 84 115
CARAFATE 58 55 84 290
LEVOFLOXACIN 58 47 84 75
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 57 52 87 140
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 57 57 87 114
OLANZAPINE 56 56 89 89
MORPHINE SULFATE 56 43 S2 89 310
AZITHROMYCIN 55 47 91 42
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 43 92 33
METFORMIN HCL ER 54 35 92 80
NYAMYC 53 51 94 379
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 53 47 94 84
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 52 45 96 175
HUMALOG 52 49 96 109
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 52 44 96 66
GLIPIZIDE ER 50 47 99 102
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 50 37 99 63
ALLOPURINOL 50 32 99 49
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. 2, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.