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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,341Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 1269

$1.19M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 1269

833 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
51% 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 Maryland
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 833 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 833 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 19,034 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 702 669 1 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 584 568 2 12
LISINOPRIL 578 546 3 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 576 528 4 6
SIMVASTATIN 550 530 5 3
FUROSEMIDE 544 528 6 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 533 510 7 2
OMEPRAZOLE 418 379 8 8
SERTRALINE HCL 380 362 9 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 367 348 10 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 353 349 11 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 313 310 12 13
CYMBALTA 298 254 13 70
MIRTAZAPINE 297 292 14 24
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 293 265 15 50
CLOPIDOGREL 250 243 16 32
CITALOPRAM HBR 246 241 17 21
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 224 215 18 18
TRAMADOL HCL 215 190 19 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 194 165 20 31
TRAZODONE HCL 192 167 21 36
NAMENDA 182 182 22 38
LANTUS 181 175 23 39
ATENOLOL 180 168 24 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 178 163 25 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 174 173 26 15
JANUVIA 171 170 27 74
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 162 161 S3 28 20
DIGOXIN 159 158 29 62
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 156 149 30 26
PLAVIX 153 151 31 47
NOVOLOG 151 143 32 82
ROPINIROLE HCL 149 145 33 151
METFORMIN HCL 148 120 34 9
FENOFIBRATE 148 115 34 115
OXYCODONE HCL 144 78 S2 36 34
CARVEDILOL 137 134 37 29
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 136 126 38 53
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 136 135 38 10
FAMOTIDINE 133 133 40 85
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 133 131 40 78
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 129 129 42 63
RANITIDINE HCL 129 120 42 27
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 127 124 44 66
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 125 115 45 11
KLOR-CON M20 123 119 46 60
PREDNISONE 122 117 47 45
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 122 122 47 117
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 119 117 49 140
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 115 111 50 84
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 113 106 51 131
HYDRALAZINE HCL 113 107 51 48
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 112 112 53 130
SPIRIVA 110 105 54 64
RISPERIDONE 106 94 55 43
MELOXICAM 104 95 56 68
LEVETIRACETAM 104 96 56 55
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 101 101 58 88
NYSTOP 100 96 59 186
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 96 60 33
GABAPENTIN 95 77 61 17
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 90 73 62 146
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 89 87 S2 63 44
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 87 81 64 59
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 87 85 64 28
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 85 73 66 58
OLANZAPINE 83 71 67 89
DIOVAN 82 82 68 35
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 82 81 68 69
PERMETHRIN 80 78 70 334
CRESTOR 80 80 70 25
ADVAIR DISKUS 79 78 72 46
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 78 76 73 110
LATANOPROST 76 76 74 143
GLIMEPIRIDE 76 67 74 57
PROCRIT 74 74 76 259
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 68 67 77 81
LANSOPRAZOLE 66 58 78 120
FINASTERIDE 62 62 79 112
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 62 61 79 40
HYDROXYZINE HCL 61 58 R 81 274
ALLOPURINOL 58 51 82 49
ZETIA 58 57 82 99
NITROSTAT 55 55 84 191
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 54 54 85 175
CEPHALEXIN 53 53 86 113
SEROQUEL 53 47 86 104
GLIPIZIDE 51 51 88 37
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 Dec. 10, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.