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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,491Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 161 out of 2061

$964K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 153 out of 2061

434 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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 Ohio
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 434 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 434 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 12,605 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 24%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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 Ohio
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 541 466 1 3
OMEPRAZOLE 506 421 2 5
GABAPENTIN 468 397 3 15
SIMVASTATIN 466 398 4 1
LISINOPRIL 401 296 5 2
FUROSEMIDE 400 342 6 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 368 285 7 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 361 297 8 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 296 229 9 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 294 255 10 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 292 222 S3 11 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 261 250 12 11
LANTUS 207 149 13 48
NAMENDA 206 173 14 37
TRAMADOL HCL 188 182 15 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 187 175 16 24
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 182 171 17 74
SPIRONOLACTONE 170 141 18 62
METFORMIN HCL 169 143 19 9
SERTRALINE HCL 165 98 20 21
ATENOLOL 143 120 21 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 134 110 22 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 127 114 23 30
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127 96 23 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 123 98 25 8
RISPERIDONE 123 98 25 66
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 122 121 27 117
CARVEDILOL 120 116 28 22
DIGOXIN 117 88 29 56
LEVETIRACETAM 115 43 30 102
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 114 102 31 19
SEROQUEL XR 112 71 32 282
MIRTAZAPINE 111 98 33 46
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 110 56 34 80
ALLOPURINOL 108 82 35 28
PREDNISONE 108 98 35 32
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 106 88 37 43
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 105 99 38 104
NOVOLOG 105 70 38 102
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 104 72 40 64
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 103 70 41 72
TRAZODONE HCL 102 83 42 39
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 101 99 43 77
TRICOR 100 66 44 128
JANTOVEN 98 34 45 93
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 90 81 46 25
CYMBALTA 89 49 47 59
CLOPIDOGREL 87 85 48 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 84 64 49 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 81 76 50 45
DIOVAN 81 69 50 41
NYSTATIN 79 67 52 148
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 75 75 53 97
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 74 40 S2 54 36
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 74 74 S2 54 300
SPIRIVA 73 51 56 63
BACLOFEN 73 29 56 123
RANITIDINE HCL 70 46 58 53
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 70 48 58 109
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 69 58 60 87
BUSPIRONE HCL 68 67 61 115
FINASTERIDE 68 55 61 86
NOVOLIN R 68 68 61 129
NEXIUM 64 32 64 26
TORSEMIDE 64 49 64 126
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 63 42 66 23
FENOFIBRATE 63 49 66 65
METHADONE HCL 62 57 S2 68 198
PLAVIX 62 61 68 49
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 58 28 70 145
OLANZAPINE 58 56 70 132
FAMOTIDINE 58 54 70 67
COLCRYS 58 32 70 179
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 54 38 74 76
TOPIRAMATE 52 31 75 190
LOVASTATIN 50 31 76 35
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 50 45 76 81
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 March 17, 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.