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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,110Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 59 out of 247

$413K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 63 out of 247

423 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
39% 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 Maine
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 423 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 5,523 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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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 Maine
SIMVASTATIN 236 225 1 1
ATENOLOL 226 223 2 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 218 206 3 3
LISINOPRIL 205 183 4 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 192 184 5 8
OMEPRAZOLE 147 144 6 4
FUROSEMIDE 147 146 6 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 141 136 8 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 140 139 9 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 124 103 10 20
PREDNISONE 113 109 11 21
LOVASTATIN 110 110 12 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 107 107 13 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 101 14 9
METFORMIN HCL 98 77 15 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 96 96 16 35
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 94 82 17 7
PAROXETINE HCL 90 50 18 45
CHLORTHALIDONE 88 81 19 98
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 86 75 20 15
GLYBURIDE 75 59 R 21 41
ADVAIR DISKUS 74 53 22 18
NEXIUM 73 36 23 42
SERTRALINE HCL 66 65 24 16
LIPITOR 63 51 25 50
GABAPENTIN 63 59 25 17
KLOR-CON M20 62 62 27 44
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 62 61 27 88
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 59 59 29 32
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 59 59 29 23
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 57 53 R 31 55
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 55 55 32 40
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 55 55 32 166
NAPROXEN 55 55 32 113
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 53 29 S2 35 87
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 50 50 36 24
TAMSULOSIN HCL 50 50 36 31
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 May 8, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.