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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,012Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 139 out of 3734

$958K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 118 out of 3734

640 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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

10% of this provider’s 640 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 640 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 12,349 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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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
SIMVASTATIN 882 727 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 715 635 2 2
LISINOPRIL 512 407 3 3
FUROSEMIDE 488 447 4 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 407 324 5 6
OMEPRAZOLE 364 298 6 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 350 344 7 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 286 227 8 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 274 253 9 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 254 247 10 25
METFORMIN HCL 243 176 11 8
SERTRALINE HCL 233 177 12 18
RISPERIDONE 196 164 13 62
CARVEDILOL 183 156 14 30
TRAMADOL HCL 183 157 14 20
MIRTAZAPINE 176 163 16 45
JANTOVEN 174 163 17 76
NAMENDA 168 149 18 44
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 163 147 19 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 158 140 20 19
LANTUS 156 110 21 54
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 150 123 22 9
DIGOXIN 146 146 23 43
SPIRIVA 135 98 24 40
ADVAIR DISKUS 131 107 25 35
TRAZODONE HCL 131 87 25 49
GABAPENTIN 128 56 27 17
ATENOLOL 127 106 28 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 125 58 S3 29 12
CLOPIDOGREL 123 74 30 23
GLIMEPIRIDE 119 87 31 37
NIASPAN 118 70 32 125
CYMBALTA 116 72 33 67
TAMSULOSIN HCL 107 67 34 29
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 104 96 35 98
FAMOTIDINE 102 70 36 60
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 100 67 37 34
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 93 47 38 24
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 70 39 27
BUSPIRONE HCL 90 55 39 129
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 88 79 41 128
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 88 76 41 77
NOVOLIN R 87 66 43 215
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 86 63 44 82
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 84 68 45 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 83 82 46 26
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 82 73 47 92
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 82 57 47 11
PLAVIX 80 55 49 39
LOVASTATIN 77 65 50 41
OLANZAPINE 76 43 51 106
SYNTHROID 76 69 51 47
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 74 61 53 56
DIOVAN 74 65 53 31
CRESTOR 71 42 55 28
FLUOXETINE HCL 71 49 55 61
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 70 51 57 63
HYDRALAZINE HCL 67 43 58 111
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 67 25 58 46
ALLOPURINOL 65 63 60 33
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 64 52 61 99
NOVOLOG 60 33 62 112
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 59 55 63 285
ZOSTAVAX 58 54 64 144
PREDNISONE 57 44 65 42
METFORMIN HCL ER 57 42 65 66
CLONIDINE HCL 56 30 67 79
VESICARE 56 56 67 157
EXELON 55 55 69 150
OXYCODONE HCL 54 0 S2 70 58
ABILIFY 52 38 71 159
KLOR-CON M20 52 45 71 48
NEXIUM 52 18 71 36
NIFEDIPINE ER 51 31 74 113
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 51 34 S2 74 51
PAROXETINE HCL 50 36 76 59
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 Oct. 11, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.