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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,599Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 104 out of 2343

$992K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 126 out of 2343

723 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
29% 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 723 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 723 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 17,384 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
SIMVASTATIN 941 901 1 1
LISINOPRIL 906 806 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 736 711 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 735 659 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 645 564 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 575 560 6 6
ATENOLOL 436 435 7 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 378 371 8 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 373 340 9 11
NAMENDA 365 359 10 36
DONEPEZIL HCL 365 361 10 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 329 319 12 7
DIOVAN 311 311 13 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 285 261 14 17
METFORMIN HCL 279 259 15 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 254 248 16 18
MIRTAZAPINE 236 236 17 41
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 231 204 18 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 228 199 S3 19 13
CARVEDILOL 220 200 20 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 212 208 21 22
JANTOVEN 205 205 22 81
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 187 178 23 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 154 128 24 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 150 144 25 14
LANTUS 149 147 26 51
LOVASTATIN 143 141 27 47
SYNTHROID 143 142 27 40
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 135 114 29 55
KLOR-CON M10 128 128 30 107
AZITHROMYCIN 123 109 31 39
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 122 116 32 32
NEXIUM 121 117 33 33
DIGOXIN 119 119 34 35
CLOPIDOGREL 116 109 35 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 115 115 36 29
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 113 106 37 83
FELODIPINE ER 112 112 38 116
ALLOPURINOL 111 93 39 31
TRAMADOL HCL 109 109 40 25
FINASTERIDE 102 102 41 80
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 100 97 42 85
KLOR-CON M20 100 100 42 44
LEXAPRO 99 91 44 178
SERTRALINE HCL 99 99 44 20
JANUVIA 96 86 46 50
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 93 93 47 76
GABAPENTIN 91 69 48 16
OXYCODONE HCL 90 89 S2 49 67
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 89 87 50 120
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 87 81 51 54
QUINAPRIL HCL 80 68 52 73
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 80 80 52 126
PREDNISONE 79 71 54 37
PLAVIX 78 75 55 38
FENTANYL 77 63 S2 56 69
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 77 69 56 105
SPIRONOLACTONE 77 74 56 65
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 73 73 59 15
ADVAIR DISKUS 71 70 60 34
HUMALOG 68 50 61 131
NOVOLOG 65 65 62 110
LIPITOR 65 63 62 78
SPIRIVA 65 61 62 48
BENICAR 64 60 65 93
CLONIDINE HCL 64 64 65 70
VERAPAMIL ER 62 62 67 95
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 62 57 67 77
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 60 44 S2 69 49
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 59 59 70 99
INSULIN SYRINGE 57 44 71 102
CRESTOR 56 43 72 30
BENICAR HCT 56 56 72 156
LATANOPROST 55 55 74 200
FAMOTIDINE 54 49 75 60
VESICARE 54 54 75 145
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 54 47 75 101
AVODART 52 52 78 165
ROPINIROLE HCL 50 39 79 124
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 50 50 79 203
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 April 19, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.