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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,117Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 164 out of 2343

$989K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 128 out of 2343

474 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
46% 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

11% of this provider’s 474 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 474 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 14,958 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 930 922 1 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 602 556 2 2
NAMENDA 483 483 3 36
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 463 435 4 7
FUROSEMIDE 393 367 5 6
SIMVASTATIN 385 363 6 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 374 350 7 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 352 352 8 21
LISINOPRIL 332 332 9 3
OMEPRAZOLE 308 289 10 4
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 306 290 11 54
MIRTAZAPINE 281 281 12 41
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 278 270 13 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 275 275 14 5
GABAPENTIN 264 256 15 16
SERTRALINE HCL 244 233 16 20
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 235 180 S3 17 13
TRAZODONE HCL 209 193 18 53
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 188 170 19 10
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 172 172 20 77
DIOVAN 163 156 21 23
EXELON 147 147 22 129
RISPERIDONE 146 146 23 61
CARVEDILOL 140 127 24 27
VESICARE 126 117 25 145
ATENOLOL 124 106 26 12
CELEBREX 123 111 27 71
CLOPIDOGREL 117 110 28 26
PREDNISONE 111 111 29 37
DIGOXIN 108 102 30 35
QUINAPRIL HCL 106 87 31 73
PRANDIN 102 83 32 140
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 101 98 33 55
GLIMEPIRIDE 100 82 34 45
RANITIDINE HCL 99 86 35 43
LANTUS 92 79 36 51
PLAVIX 89 83 37 38
METFORMIN HCL 87 73 38 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 77 39 11
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 81 81 40 85
TRAMADOL HCL 81 75 40 25
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 80 80 42 32
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 80 70 42 22
CYMBALTA 79 76 44 74
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 78 76 45 99
OLANZAPINE 77 77 46 121
BUSPIRONE HCL 76 73 47 146
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 75 75 48 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 74 73 49 29
OXYCODONE HCL 74 59 S2 49 67
FENTANYL 73 73 S2 51 69
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 72 72 52 120
AZITHROMYCIN 70 68 53 39
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 67 56 54 24
LAMOTRIGINE 66 44 55 194
SYNTHROID 65 47 56 40
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 64 64 57 168
LEVETIRACETAM 64 64 57 104
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 62 61 59 87
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 62 61 59 72
ADVAIR DISKUS 59 59 61 34
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 56 55 62 28
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 55 29 63 137
CARBAMAZEPINE 55 55 63 206
CEPHALEXIN 55 53 63 111
PAROXETINE HCL 54 53 66 66
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 53 50 67 19
SPIRONOLACTONE 53 45 67 65
LANSOPRAZOLE 52 34 69 162
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 50 50 S2 70 49
HYDRALAZINE HCL 50 50 70 92
ABILIFY 50 50 70 159
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 50 46 70 14
FAMOTIDINE 50 44 70 60
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 16, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.