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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Emergency Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,332Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 221

$422K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 221

337 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

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Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Pennsylvania
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 337 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 337 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 23%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,394 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 12%.

Prescription Price

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 2.

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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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A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.


A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.


An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.


A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.


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
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Pennsylvania
CRESTOR 223 192 1 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 174 171 3 15
DIOVAN 144 131 4 33
OMEPRAZOLE 143 130 5 7
MIRTAZAPINE 135 123 6 55
FUROSEMIDE 127 122 7 11
NEXIUM 105 64 11 31
DONEPEZIL HCL 100 92 12 36
GABAPENTIN 100 98 12 26
DICYCLOMINE HCL 100 72 12 68
TAMSULOSIN HCL 98 98 15 51
LISINOPRIL 84 59 16 6
MECLIZINE HCL 83 79 17 73
TRAMADOL HCL 74 74 18 25
ALLOPURINOL 64 64 19 38
METFORMIN HCL 62 51 20 13
CELEBREX 61 61 21 52
PLAVIX 59 47 23 50
LIDODERM 59 54 23 89
CREON 57 57 25 96
NITROSTAT 56 45 26 97
SERTRALINE HCL 54 53 27 54
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 54 54 27 23
RANITIDINE HCL 51 51 29 35
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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  • 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 Aug. 5, 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.