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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,222Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 107 out of 2343

$1.44M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 29 out of 2343

466 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
31% 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

5% of this provider’s 466 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 466 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 15,988 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

41% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$79 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 1,195 1,053 1 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 581 537 2 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 512 438 3 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 485 433 4 14
FUROSEMIDE 480 413 5 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 475 425 6 59
ZETIA 458 416 7 52
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 451 437 8 7
OMEPRAZOLE 450 393 9 4
ALLOPURINOL 427 396 10 31
DIOVAN 414 381 11 23
CRESTOR 383 338 12 30
WARFARIN SODIUM 383 380 12 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 362 347 14 11
LIPITOR 347 313 15 78
BYSTOLIC 346 325 16 123
SIMVASTATIN 321 309 17 1
CARVEDILOL 268 244 18 27
GLIMEPIRIDE 258 235 19 45
JANUVIA 225 223 20 50
BENAZEPRIL HCL 224 202 21 113
METFORMIN HCL 212 151 22 9
NEXIUM 194 182 23 33
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 193 178 24 15
SERTRALINE HCL 188 184 25 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 187 187 26 29
FINASTERIDE 164 164 27 80
NIASPAN 157 135 28 141
SPIRONOLACTONE 156 131 29 65
DIOVAN HCT 143 136 30 63
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 140 125 31 19
ATENOLOL 134 122 32 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 130 58 S3 33 13
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 128 111 34 122
LISINOPRIL 126 114 35 3
NAMENDA 124 124 36 36
EXELON 123 123 37 129
EXFORGE 121 111 38 163
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 119 101 39 22
LEVOFLOXACIN 115 104 40 106
CLOPIDOGREL 97 97 41 26
QUINAPRIL HCL 97 97 41 73
METFORMIN HCL ER 96 93 43 88
ADVAIR DISKUS 93 52 44 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 93 68 44 17
LOVAZA 91 67 46 113
SINGULAIR 90 82 47 100
AVODART 90 78 47 165
RAMIPRIL 86 86 49 90
ACTOS 85 65 50 125
TRICOR 78 59 51 96
PLAVIX 78 78 51 38
NATEGLINIDE 77 77 53 255
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 74 37 54 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 73 52 55 18
ENABLEX 72 72 56 319
AMOXICILLIN 71 64 57 118
SYNTHROID 69 64 58 40
SPIRIVA 68 68 59 48
GABAPENTIN 63 56 60 16
PROAIR HFA 63 54 60 86
TRILIPIX 62 40 62 214
EVISTA 62 62 62 128
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 61 54 64 180
MULTAQ 60 58 65 476
XARELTO 57 56 66 368
WELCHOL 57 45 66 233
TRAMADOL HCL 56 47 68 25
BENICAR 54 52 69 93
CYMBALTA 53 36 70 74
METOLAZONE 53 36 70 173
KLOR-CON M20 52 52 72 44
PREDNISONE 51 28 73 37
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 51 46 73 72
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 51 51 73 28
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 50 50 76 278
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 Aug. 14, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.