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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,304Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1005 out of 2343

$397K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 911 out of 2343

409 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
100%Patients 65 Years and Older
0% 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
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this specialty
in Pennsylvania
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 409 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 409 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 6,248 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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
SIMVASTATIN 363 363 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 319 319 2 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 242 242 3 7
OMEPRAZOLE 239 237 4 4
LISINOPRIL 186 184 5 3
FUROSEMIDE 150 150 6 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 135 135 7 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 133 133 8 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 123 123 9 15
MIRTAZAPINE 119 119 10 41
SERTRALINE HCL 116 116 11 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 102 102 12 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 96 13 11
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 93 93 14 28
TRAMADOL HCL 86 86 15 25
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 83 83 16 24
ATENOLOL 81 81 17 12
GABAPENTIN 79 79 18 16
GLIMEPIRIDE 77 77 19 45
PLAVIX 77 77 19 38
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 73 62 21 19
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 72 71 S2 22 49
LOVASTATIN 71 71 23 47
CLOPIDOGREL 70 70 24 26
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 65 65 25 87
FINASTERIDE 63 63 26 80
DONEPEZIL HCL 61 61 27 21
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 61 61 27 83
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 57 57 S3 29 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 55 55 30 29
PREDNISONE 55 53 30 37
ALLOPURINOL 54 43 32 31
CITALOPRAM HBR 52 52 33 17
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 June 8, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.