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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,961Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 63 out of 247

$523K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 36 out of 247

386 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
36% 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 Maine
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 386 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 386 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,375 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$88 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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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 Maine
SIMVASTATIN 286 268 1 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 269 256 2 8
FUROSEMIDE 236 227 3 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 217 198 4 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 192 191 5 9
LISINOPRIL 191 168 6 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 178 153 7 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 162 151 8 6
OMEPRAZOLE 117 108 9 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 117 117 9 15
METFORMIN HCL 116 96 11 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 114 107 12 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 113 113 13 14
ALLOPURINOL 102 98 14 33
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 97 90 15 135
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 88 76 16 24
ATENOLOL 86 80 17 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 85 61 S3 18 11
LANTUS 78 74 19 39
SERTRALINE HCL 75 65 20 16
NEXIUM 69 65 21 42
GABAPENTIN 66 51 22 17
PREDNISONE 66 65 22 21
SPIRIVA 58 52 24 26
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 57 51 25 88
ADVAIR DISKUS 57 48 25 18
TRAMADOL HCL 55 27 27 25
DIGOXIN 52 52 28 83
NOVOLOG 51 42 29 99
PEN NEEDLE 50 38 30 79
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 Nov. 17, 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.