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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,491Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 1269

$1.47M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 1269

537 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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 Maryland
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 537 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 537 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 21,000 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 Maryland
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 915 752 1 6
LISINOPRIL 791 676 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 773 673 3 2
SIMVASTATIN 743 645 4 3
MIRTAZAPINE 729 691 5 24
FUROSEMIDE 686 604 6 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 659 558 7 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 556 411 8 12
RANITIDINE HCL 469 413 9 27
METFORMIN HCL 450 363 10 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 410 326 11 7
GABAPENTIN 372 304 12 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 364 360 13 22
OMEPRAZOLE 361 270 14 8
LANTUS 322 234 15 39
TRAMADOL HCL 315 287 16 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 299 225 17 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 289 271 18 28
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 287 221 19 18
LACTULOSE 281 251 20 67
SERTRALINE HCL 279 221 21 23
RISPERIDONE 267 169 22 43
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 260 238 23 53
NIFEDIPINE ER 251 241 24 65
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 245 190 25 54
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 231 191 26 84
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 229 199 27 86
LEVETIRACETAM 228 188 28 55
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 209 167 29 11
TRAZODONE HCL 208 180 30 36
LIDODERM 207 198 31 56
HYDRALAZINE HCL 205 162 32 48
TAMSULOSIN HCL 204 182 33 31
NAMENDA 198 198 34 38
CRESTOR 184 152 35 25
SANTYL 183 141 36 101
NOVOLOG 182 130 37 82
CLOPIDOGREL 181 154 38 32
ATENOLOL 177 159 39 14
SPS 166 153 10 40 223
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 165 135 41 50
CLONIDINE HCL 164 127 42 51
OLANZAPINE 162 117 43 89
CARVEDILOL 158 148 44 29
HUMALOG 158 111 44 109
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 155 153 46 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 154 132 47 10
GLIPIZIDE 152 116 48 37
PLAVIX 150 124 49 47
SODIUM CHLORIDE 147 145 50 238
HALOPERIDOL 140 127 51 133
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 136 106 52 176
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 132 130 53 26
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 132 123 53 58
JANTOVEN 128 128 55 52
ADVAIR DISKUS 126 106 56 46
SEROQUEL 123 104 57 104
ALLOPURINOL 120 89 58 49
OXYCODONE HCL 118 81 S2 59 34
KLOR-CON M20 114 98 60 60
LYRICA 114 70 60 92
CYMBALTA 110 92 62 70
AMIODARONE HCL 109 95 63 166
PAROXETINE HCL 109 55 63 71
LOVASTATIN 108 108 65 30
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 99 73 66 114
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 99 76 66 33
ARANESP 97 97 68 226
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 96 59 R 69 108
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 94 80 70 63
DIGOXIN 91 81 71 62
ZETIA 89 61 72 99
LEVOFLOXACIN 87 80 73 75
GENERLAC 84 70 74 216
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 83 64 75 66
DIOVAN 83 58 75 35
CARBAMAZEPINE 82 37 77 148
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 81 78 78 88
NIFEDICAL XL 78 60 79 138
FINASTERIDE 77 76 80 112
FAMOTIDINE 74 45 81 85
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 73 59 S2 82 44
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 73 56 S3 82 20
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 69 66 84 195
CEPHALEXIN 69 52 84 113
NOVOFINE AUTOCOVER 68 68 86 295
OXYCONTIN 68 47 S2 86 116
LAMOTRIGINE 66 48 88 194
ACTONEL 64 51 89 229
HEPARIN SODIUM 63 51 90 132
FLUOXETINE HCL 63 39 90 83
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 62 62 92 78
SPIRIVA 61 44 93 64
NYSTATIN 60 51 94 119
METOLAZONE 59 46 95 262
LABETALOL HCL 57 43 96 160
SPIRONOLACTONE 57 28 96 77
BACLOFEN 57 38 96 103
ABILIFY 56 38 99 169
BUDESONIDE 55 55 100 244
CEFTRIAXONE 55 51 100 314
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 55 51 100 127
AVELOX 55 45 100 262
BUSPIRONE HCL 55 55 100 135
VALPROIC ACID 51 38 105 189
DILANTIN 50 18 106 184
COLCRYS 50 47 106 150
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.