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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,567Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 817

$600K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 67 out of 817

933 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
16% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 11,823 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $89 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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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
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,465 1,383 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 934 914 2 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 724 691 3 9
DIGOXIN 687 664 4 37
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 637 593 5 38
FUROSEMIDE 531 516 6 8
CLOPIDOGREL 501 466 7 27
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 478 443 8 79
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 425 405 9 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 353 346 10 6
PLAVIX 344 330 11 44
ZETIA 301 292 12 47
WARFARIN SODIUM 292 285 13 10
GEMFIBROZIL 275 241 14 175
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 212 203 15 2
ATENOLOL 195 191 16 14
KLOR-CON M20 192 180 17 61
LISINOPRIL 190 190 18 3
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 187 183 19 91
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 164 131 20 19
AMIODARONE HCL 162 133 21 165
DIOVAN 140 140 22 28
QUINAPRIL HCL 139 130 23 72
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 136 136 24 29
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 126 124 25 355
HYDRALAZINE HCL 122 117 26 133
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 120 120 27 120
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 108 92 28 22
NIASPAN 107 91 29 192
LIPITOR 100 80 30 126
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 97 97 31 85
NITROSTAT 92 82 32 183
CARVEDILOL 87 87 33 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 76 57 34 26
SPIRONOLACTONE 74 69 35 80
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 71 36 15
BENICAR 68 58 37 127
RAMIPRIL 67 61 38 188
KLOR-CON M10 61 61 39 163
FAMOTIDINE 58 51 40 71
CAPTOPRIL 52 43 41 407
AMOXICILLIN 52 52 41 138
TICLOPIDINE HCL 52 47 R 41 502
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. 25, 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.