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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Adult Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,088Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 47

$356K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 47

391 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%Patients 65 Years and Older
56% 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

6% of this provider’s 391 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 391 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 4,599 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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
LISINOPRIL 370 214 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 271 181 2 5
METFORMIN HCL 267 198 3 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 260 117 S3 4 9
SIMVASTATIN 250 168 5 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 211 172 6 4
ATENOLOL 205 147 7 12
FUROSEMIDE 198 151 8 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 144 104 9 6
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 134 81 10 21
CITALOPRAM HBR 121 84 11 24
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 120 90 12 3
MELOXICAM 110 62 13 68
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 104 75 14 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 103 77 15 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 102 95 16 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 97 76 17 22
GLIPIZIDE XL 93 68 18 64
TRAMADOL HCL 91 34 19 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 90 68 20 13
ADVAIR DISKUS 85 58 21 40
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 83 43 22 34
CARVEDILOL 81 64 23 27
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 78 45 R 24 85
CLOPIDOGREL 69 63 25 29
DIGOXIN 59 53 26 61
TRICOR 55 40 27 52
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 53 16 28 16
NEXIUM 53 26 28 19
ROPINIROLE HCL 51 33 30 243
SERTRALINE HCL 50 42 31 28
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 Jan. 14, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.