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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,059Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 318 out of 783

$426K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 333 out of 783

329 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
38% 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 Indiana
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 329 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,014 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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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 Indiana
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 364 327 1 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 349 133 S3 2 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 258 206 3 12
SIMVASTATIN 235 185 4 3
FUROSEMIDE 220 196 5 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 206 150 6 1
LISINOPRIL 154 113 7 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 133 112 8 10
OMEPRAZOLE 127 96 9 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 108 86 10 9
METFORMIN HCL 101 56 11 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 101 71 11 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 94 76 13 11
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 94 79 13 68
CRESTOR 89 59 15 27
ALLOPURINOL 85 72 16 31
PROAIR HFA 84 40 17 56
GLIPIZIDE 82 76 18 71
DIOVAN HCT 81 77 19 94
TRAMADOL HCL 72 32 20 20
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 71 52 R 21 77
CITALOPRAM HBR 71 54 21 19
INSULIN SYRINGE 70 48 23 82
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 70 63 23 13
DIGOXIN 68 56 25 61
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 62 54 26 18
GABAPENTIN 59 49 27 15
CARVEDILOL 59 29 27 21
BYSTOLIC 57 40 29 99
DIOVAN 56 51 30 49
CLONIDINE HCL 56 37 30 60
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 13, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.