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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,079Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 24 out of 1269

$1.2M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 1269

538 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
84% 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 Maryland
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 538 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 538 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 11,364 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$80 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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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 Maryland
LISINOPRIL 476 344 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 421 357 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 398 313 3 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 349 283 4 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 348 242 5 12
FUROSEMIDE 342 288 6 5
METFORMIN HCL 290 243 7 9
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 248 180 8 18
OMEPRAZOLE 248 205 8 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 231 158 10 7
TRAZODONE HCL 209 180 11 36
GABAPENTIN 207 145 12 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 196 167 13 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 192 160 14 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 184 168 15 22
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 179 162 16 11
NAMENDA 173 146 17 38
JANUVIA 168 135 18 74
NEXIUM 167 115 19 41
ATENOLOL 166 121 20 14
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 162 154 21 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 156 149 22 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 155 140 23 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 152 93 24 19
TRAMADOL HCL 151 136 25 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 146 111 26 10
AZITHROMYCIN 146 97 26 42
RANITIDINE HCL 137 92 28 27
ADVAIR DISKUS 136 112 29 46
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 125 93 30 58
SERTRALINE HCL 119 93 31 23
MIRTAZAPINE 118 86 32 24
CARVEDILOL 116 91 33 29
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 111 56 34 50
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 110 86 S3 35 20
MELOXICAM 108 95 36 68
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 105 71 37 66
RISPERIDONE 103 94 38 43
DIOVAN 101 85 39 35
CITALOPRAM HBR 95 95 40 21
GLIPIZIDE 92 91 41 37
CLOPIDOGREL 90 72 42 32
LYRICA 89 79 43 92
CRESTOR 83 70 44 25
SINGULAIR 82 37 45 123
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 81 66 46 26
NOVOLOG 79 72 47 82
LEVEMIR 75 65 48 201
LEVOFLOXACIN 75 46 48 75
CLONIDINE HCL 73 61 50 51
VENTOLIN HFA 71 43 51 100
LIDODERM 70 54 52 56
DIGOXIN 68 65 53 62
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 68 31 53 131
LEVETIRACETAM 67 57 55 55
HYDRALAZINE HCL 66 53 56 48
KLOR-CON M20 66 59 56 60
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 65 34 58 40
VOLTAREN 64 63 59 162
LANTUS 63 59 60 39
LIPITOR 60 45 61 91
PREDNISONE 60 47 61 45
ACTOS 57 36 63 161
LEXAPRO 55 48 64 174
PROAIR HFA 54 24 65 61
FLUOXETINE HCL 54 41 65 83
NYSTATIN 54 48 65 119
COMBIVENT 54 40 65 158
SPIRIVA 53 34 69 64
PROMETHAZINE HCL 51 22 R 70 149
LANSOPRAZOLE 51 34 70 120
PLAVIX 50 42 72 47
AMOXICILLIN 50 24 72 129
CYMBALTA 50 17 72 70
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 50 35 72 53
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 9, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.