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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,988Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 864 out of 2343

$413K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 877 out of 2343

193 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
21% 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

11% of this provider’s 193 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 6,922 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 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 Pennsylvania
NAMENDA 295 295 1 36
SIMVASTATIN 284 284 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 240 240 3 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 216 216 4 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 213 213 5 21
LISINOPRIL 213 209 5 3
SERTRALINE HCL 174 174 7 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 144 144 8 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 131 131 9 7
OMEPRAZOLE 120 120 10 4
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 119 119 11 55
CITALOPRAM HBR 114 114 12 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 100 100 13 14
MIRTAZAPINE 99 99 14 41
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 96 90 15 19
CYMBALTA 87 87 16 74
CLOPIDOGREL 87 87 16 26
TRAZODONE HCL 86 86 18 53
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 79 79 19 54
WARFARIN SODIUM 72 72 20 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 70 70 21 10
RISPERIDONE 69 69 22 61
CRESTOR 68 64 23 30
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 66 62 24 46
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 64 64 25 22
SYNTHROID 64 64 25 40
ALLOPURINOL 61 61 27 31
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 58 28 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 60 60 28 29
FAMOTIDINE 60 60 28 60
TRAMADOL HCL 54 54 31 25
PLAVIX 54 54 31 38
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 53 53 33 85
GABAPENTIN 52 52 34 16
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 52 52 34 77
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 51 48 36 15
VERAPAMIL ER 50 50 37 95
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 Jan. 12, 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.