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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,412Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 47 out of 2343

$1.27M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 46 out of 2343

916 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
81% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

1% of this provider’s 916 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 916 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 21,096 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

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 1,668 1,606 1 28
FENOFIBRATE 1,274 1,196 10 2 94
OMEPRAZOLE 1,028 989 3 4
SIMVASTATIN 1,027 1,003 4 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 847 774 5 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 734 700 6 5
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 687 663 7 64
METFORMIN HCL 482 439 8 9
TAMSULOSIN HCL 463 453 9 29
LISINOPRIL 400 385 10 3
RANITIDINE HCL 388 386 11 43
GLIMEPIRIDE 348 320 12 45
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 311 299 13 42
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 281 274 14 7
AVODART 267 263 15 165
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 261 239 16 10
JANUVIA 251 243 17 50
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 246 246 18 57
LOVAZA 235 212 19 113
GLIPIZIDE XL 226 226 20 84
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 221 209 21 72
URSODIOL 198 186 22 417
SERTRALINE HCL 175 156 23 20
METFORMIN HCL ER 175 156 23 88
LOVASTATIN 173 172 25 47
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 171 160 26 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 171 161 26 24
AMOXICILLIN 168 159 28 118
MELOXICAM 168 162 28 68
FUROSEMIDE 156 155 30 6
EVISTA 150 144 31 128
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 150 141 31 46
TRICOR 147 147 33 96
NAMENDA 147 145 33 36
NAPROXEN 139 134 35 108
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 138 130 R 36 154
FINASTERIDE 137 137 37 80
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 136 123 S3 38 112
NIASPAN 128 124 39 141
CICLOPIROX 128 116 39 387
SYMBICORT 128 117 39 167
ACARBOSE 127 119 42 334
CARVEDILOL 126 111 43 27
ATENOLOL 126 124 43 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 123 123 45 14
NEXIUM 122 122 46 33
MEGESTROL ACETATE 122 121 R 46 246
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 121 115 48 180
DONEPEZIL HCL 121 120 48 21
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 117 112 50 98
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 117 117 50 59
LANTUS 116 116 52 51
TRAMADOL HCL 112 103 53 25
GLIPIZIDE ER 110 109 54 115
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 101 99 55 58
OLANZAPINE 98 94 56 121
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 98 93 56 137
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 97 87 58 2
RISPERIDONE 95 50 59 61
NIFEDIPINE ER 95 95 59 89
ALLOPURINOL 95 91 59 31
ACTOS 94 94 62 125
PATANOL 93 93 63 310
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 92 85 64 284
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 91 88 65 168
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 90 89 66 223
FLUOXETINE HCL 86 58 67 82
DIOVAN 85 81 68 23
CELEBREX 85 85 68 71
HYDROXYZINE HCL 82 81 R 70 265
PLAVIX 82 82 70 38
DIOVAN HCT 82 79 70 63
PREDNISONE 82 76 70 37
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 81 74 11
VENTOLIN HFA 80 74 75 79
MECLIZINE HCL 76 76 76 103
AZITHROMYCIN 76 70 76 39
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 75 74 78 127
JANUMET 73 64 79 191
GABAPENTIN 72 57 80 16
GLIPIZIDE 72 66 80 56
INSULIN SYRINGE 71 71 82 102
PROMETHAZINE HCL 71 71 R 82 222
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 70 66 84 263
SPIRIVA 69 69 85 48
FAMOTIDINE 66 65 86 60
CITALOPRAM HBR 64 52 87 17
VESICARE 64 64 87 145
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 63 57 89 534
GEMFIBROZIL 62 59 90 133
WARFARIN SODIUM 60 55 91 8
FOSAMAX PLUS D 59 59 10 92 546
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 58 58 93 190
ZOSTAVAX 53 49 94 236
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 50 0 R 95 224
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. 12, 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.