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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,257Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 357 out of 2061

$685K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 376 out of 2061

656 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
4% 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

3% of this provider’s 656 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 656 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 10,919 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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
SIMVASTATIN 488 480 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 486 475 2 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 433 402 3 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 380 353 4 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 368 355 5 3
OMEPRAZOLE 315 308 6 5
METFORMIN HCL ER 283 277 7 71
ATENOLOL 241 241 8 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 232 228 9 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 217 217 10 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 214 210 11 16
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 190 182 12 27
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 187 182 13 50
FINASTERIDE 173 173 14 86
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 168 164 15 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 165 165 16 25
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 150 147 17 343
LISINOPRIL 146 141 18 2
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 141 141 19 222
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 120 118 20 43
FUROSEMIDE 114 114 21 6
CRESTOR 111 90 22 31
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 109 108 23 17
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 108 105 24 38
ALLOPURINOL 107 107 25 28
TRAMADOL HCL 106 105 26 18
LOVASTATIN 102 100 27 35
TAMSULOSIN HCL 101 101 28 30
WARFARIN SODIUM 101 98 28 11
LORAZEPAM 99 99 30 96
MELOXICAM 91 89 31 44
AZITHROMYCIN 91 85 31 34
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 88 87 33 246
GLIMEPIRIDE 87 87 34 33
FENOFIBRATE 86 72 35 65
CELEBREX 82 82 36 91
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 81 77 37 64
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 68 38 152
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 71 63 39 108
ZOSTAVAX 70 64 40 171
METFORMIN HCL 69 67 41 9
FELODIPINE ER 65 65 42 246
SPIRONOLACTONE 63 63 43 62
LIPITOR 63 53 43 70
PAROXETINE HCL 61 59 45 61
PEN NEEDLE 60 59 46 116
CLONAZEPAM 59 59 47 241
DONEPEZIL HCL 58 58 48 24
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 58 52 48 76
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 58 54 48 7
RANITIDINE HCL 57 57 51 53
CARVEDILOL 57 57 51 22
NIFEDIPINE ER 56 56 53 134
FLUOXETINE HCL 56 55 53 73
GABAPENTIN 56 48 53 15
SPIRIVA 54 54 56 63
CLOPIDOGREL 52 52 57 29
ZETIA 51 51 58 68
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 Oct. 22, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.