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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,433Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 227 out of 2343

$988K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 131 out of 2343

517 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
45% 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

14% of this provider’s 517 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 517 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 14,010 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 726 706 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 707 697 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 425 414 3 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 346 333 4 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 334 319 5 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 301 286 6 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 282 282 7 8
FUROSEMIDE 273 273 8 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 260 253 9 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 210 210 10 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 200 189 11 19
ATENOLOL 196 184 12 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 185 185 13 18
LISINOPRIL 184 181 14 3
GABAPENTIN 168 157 15 16
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 166 166 16 54
METFORMIN HCL 164 151 17 9
MIRTAZAPINE 161 161 18 41
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 160 158 19 22
CRESTOR 154 143 20 30
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 153 153 21 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 146 146 22 21
SERTRALINE HCL 138 138 23 20
DIOVAN 137 137 24 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 131 131 25 17
TRAMADOL HCL 127 108 26 25
PREDNISONE 123 123 27 37
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 122 120 S2 28 49
SYNTHROID 115 112 29 40
NEXIUM 110 110 30 33
OXYCONTIN 106 102 S2 31 138
VESICARE 103 103 32 145
ADVAIR DISKUS 101 93 33 34
AZITHROMYCIN 101 96 33 39
SPIRIVA 100 100 35 48
CYMBALTA 98 97 36 74
FAMOTIDINE 98 96 36 60
CELEBREX 96 84 38 71
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 94 78 S3 39 13
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 91 91 40 77
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 91 91 40 55
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 91 90 40 57
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 89 89 43 28
FLUOXETINE HCL 88 65 44 82
SINGULAIR 87 87 45 100
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 82 46 64
INSULIN SYRINGE 81 81 47 102
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 78 78 48 87
JANUVIA 74 74 49 50
LIPITOR 72 72 50 78
LANTUS 71 71 51 51
DILTIAZEM ER 70 70 52 207
NAMENDA 68 68 53 36
VOLTAREN 66 62 54 175
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 65 64 55 122
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 65 65 55 32
LYRICA 64 39 57 135
CARVEDILOL 64 64 57 27
RAMIPRIL 62 62 59 90
OXYCODONE HCL 62 58 S2 59 67
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 61 61 61 181
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 59 59 62 58
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 59 59 62 203
BUMETANIDE 59 59 62 91
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 59 56 62 149
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 57 57 66 15
ZETIA 56 55 67 52
LEVOFLOXACIN 54 53 68 106
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 52 52 69 72
CLOPIDOGREL 51 51 70 26
PRANDIN 51 51 70 140
ROPINIROLE HCL 51 51 70 124
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 Sept. 17, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.