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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,168Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 203 out of 1269

$378K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 256 out of 1269

168 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 168 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 5,562 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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
LISINOPRIL 269 234 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 252 230 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 223 178 3 8
SIMVASTATIN 217 204 4 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 189 189 5 6
MIRTAZAPINE 166 166 6 24
GABAPENTIN 138 131 7 17
METFORMIN HCL 134 109 8 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 133 133 9 12
ATENOLOL 133 110 9 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 129 116 11 2
TRAZODONE HCL 125 117 12 36
BUSPIRONE HCL 111 111 13 135
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 91 91 14 54
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 86 86 15 26
LEVETIRACETAM 79 62 16 55
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 79 79 16 15
FUROSEMIDE 78 78 18 5
LACTULOSE 74 59 19 67
NAMENDA 74 74 19 38
TAMSULOSIN HCL 72 72 21 31
LANTUS 70 66 22 39
TRAMADOL HCL 70 65 22 16
VALPROIC ACID 68 68 24 189
OLANZAPINE 66 66 25 89
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 64 47 26 40
RANITIDINE HCL 64 50 26 27
CYMBALTA 61 61 28 70
SERTRALINE HCL 59 38 29 23
LOVASTATIN 59 54 29 30
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 56 55 31 88
PLAVIX 52 40 32 47
CLOPIDOGREL 52 50 32 32
LIDODERM 51 49 34 56
KLOR-CON 10 50 50 35 122
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 30, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.