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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,859Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 1269

$907K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 34 out of 1269

474 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
72% 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 Maryland
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 474 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 474 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 17,918 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

42 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
FUROSEMIDE 719 678 1 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 561 510 2 4
LISINOPRIL 559 505 3 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 462 434 4 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 457 443 5 6
OMEPRAZOLE 445 408 6 8
LOVASTATIN 436 395 7 30
JANTOVEN 436 422 7 52
CITALOPRAM HBR 426 401 9 21
MIRTAZAPINE 414 414 10 24
RANITIDINE HCL 385 349 11 27
RISPERIDONE 355 341 12 43
DONEPEZIL HCL 344 344 13 22
TRAZODONE HCL 286 261 14 36
SERTRALINE HCL 265 237 15 23
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 264 240 16 53
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 255 223 17 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 254 219 18 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 239 230 19 13
GABAPENTIN 227 186 20 17
SIMVASTATIN 217 204 21 3
TRAMADOL HCL 214 187 22 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 210 194 S3 23 20
METFORMIN HCL 210 196 23 9
LEVETIRACETAM 183 113 25 55
KLOR-CON M10 170 169 26 139
CLOPIDOGREL 164 140 27 32
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 164 147 27 86
NAMENDA 151 151 29 38
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 148 144 30 78
TAMSULOSIN HCL 147 127 31 31
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 143 97 32 54
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 142 126 33 7
OLANZAPINE 142 124 33 89
GLIMEPIRIDE 141 131 35 57
METHENAMINE HIPPURATE 137 137 36 260
ATENOLOL 134 130 37 14
DIGOXIN 129 129 38 62
KLOR-CON M20 129 129 38 60
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 119 111 40 66
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 118 104 41 19
LACTULOSE 117 97 42 67
AZITHROMYCIN 114 103 43 42
CYMBALTA 114 72 43 70
PREDNISONE 113 97 45 45
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 111 46 10
LANTUS 112 102 46 39
PAROXETINE HCL 108 98 48 71
PLAVIX 106 93 49 47
CEFUROXIME 102 97 50 171
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 100 89 51 58
CARVEDILOL 99 82 52 29
SEROQUEL 98 98 53 104
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 95 94 54 26
ALLOPURINOL 95 86 54 49
NIFEDICAL XL 92 81 56 138
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 90 66 57 40
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 89 77 58 154
OXYCODONE HCL 88 80 S2 59 34
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 88 72 59 50
SPIRONOLACTONE 85 81 61 77
WARFARIN SODIUM 84 84 62 12
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 84 79 R 62 108
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 82 82 64 15
NIFEDIPINE ER 79 77 65 65
NOVOLOG 79 75 65 82
HYDRALAZINE HCL 79 62 65 48
CRESTOR 77 77 68 25
NITROFURANTOIN 75 75 69 210
ADVAIR DISKUS 74 70 70 46
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 69 71 33
LIDODERM 71 67 72 56
FLUOXETINE HCL 70 40 73 83
LEVOFLOXACIN 70 69 73 75
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 70 61 73 28
BUSPIRONE HCL 68 68 76 135
FINASTERIDE 68 68 76 112
LATANOPROST 67 67 78 143
HALOPERIDOL LACTATE 67 62 78 341
SPIRIVA 61 57 80 64
CEPHALEXIN 59 54 81 113
IBUPROFEN 58 29 82 73
LOPERAMIDE 57 51 83 212
BUMETANIDE 57 57 83 264
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 57 57 83 190
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 56 54 86 88
JANUVIA 55 55 87 74
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 53 53 88 127
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 53 49 88 110
DIOVAN 53 53 88 35
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 52 50 91 84
TRICOR 50 50 92 152
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 July 8, 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.