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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,954Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 817

$1.3M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 817

946 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
19% 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 Pennsylvania
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 946 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 946 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 20,161 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $89 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,076 1,066 1 6
SIMVASTATIN 891 868 2 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 714 669 3 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 640 625 4 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 562 532 5 10
LISINOPRIL 556 515 6 3
OMEPRAZOLE 532 509 7 4
METFORMIN HCL 494 453 8 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 484 461 9 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 446 411 S3 10 7
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 416 405 11 244
FUROSEMIDE 400 389 12 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 312 298 13 83
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 293 275 14 19
EXFORGE 290 279 15 223
DIOVAN HCT 289 285 16 95
ATENOLOL 280 268 17 14
GABAPENTIN 269 253 18 12
NAMENDA 266 266 19 33
SERTRALINE HCL 263 262 20 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 238 234 21 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 238 232 21 29
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 237 213 23 70
TAMSULOSIN HCL 206 204 24 11
DIGOXIN 203 203 25 37
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 200 200 26 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 197 197 27 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 197 186 27 31
SYNTHROID 178 174 29 36
DIOVAN 173 171 30 28
AZITHROMYCIN 166 153 31 53
CLOPIDOGREL 164 162 32 27
BUMETANIDE 162 160 33 146
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 146 145 34 22
SPIRIVA 145 145 35 35
PREDNISONE 141 139 36 17
CARVEDILOL 137 129 37 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 137 136 37 18
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 135 135 S2 39 46
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 133 129 40 119
ZETIA 133 126 40 47
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 125 107 42 30
PLAVIX 124 123 43 44
GLIMEPIRIDE 123 115 44 88
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 122 122 45 39
CITALOPRAM HBR 118 116 46 16
TRICOR 114 111 47 110
LIPITOR 107 106 48 126
GLYBURIDE 107 107 R 48 89
DESOXIMETASONE 103 102 50 284
NEXIUM 103 103 50 57
MIRTAZAPINE 102 102 52 40
EVISTA 101 101 53 129
ALLOPURINOL 99 78 54 50
FENOFIBRATE 95 82 55 109
TRAZODONE HCL 94 92 56 41
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 94 92 56 48
CRESTOR 90 90 58 56
ADVAIR DISKUS 90 90 58 32
SPIRONOLACTONE 86 86 60 80
BENICAR 85 85 61 127
RANITIDINE HCL 83 80 62 42
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 78 63 452
TRAMADOL HCL 81 74 63 23
LOVASTATIN 73 72 65 121
METFORMIN HCL ER 73 73 65 142
ENDOCET 71 71 S2 67 128
NADOLOL 69 69 68 347
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 67 67 69 38
MECLIZINE HCL 67 66 69 213
QUINAPRIL HCL 66 63 71 72
LIDOCAINE 66 66 71 357
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 65 65 R 73 253
FAMOTIDINE 63 63 74 71
ONDANSETRON HCL 60 59 75 326
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 59 59 76 86
KLOR-CON M20 59 58 76 61
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 58 58 78 74
BENICAR HCT 58 58 78 245
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 57 52 80 99
LANTUS 55 54 81 64
TOPROL XL 55 53 81 314
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 54 54 83 352
PEN NEEDLE 53 48 84 105
CLONIDINE HCL 53 40 84 131
CADUET 52 52 10 86 502
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 51 86 107
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 51 51 88 52
EXFORGE HCT 51 51 88 508
JANTOVEN 51 51 88 111
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 51 34 88 120
CELEBREX 50 48 92 65
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 50 47 92 208
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.