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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,317Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 53 out of 1269

$589K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 98 out of 1269

319 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
78% 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

13% of this provider’s 319 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 319 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 9,643 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

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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
FUROSEMIDE 493 438 1 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 392 366 2 4
SIMVASTATIN 314 291 3 3
LISINOPRIL 299 232 4 1
OMEPRAZOLE 288 217 5 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 265 229 6 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 212 177 7 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 190 188 8 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 176 157 9 21
SERTRALINE HCL 169 154 10 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 169 143 10 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 152 148 12 22
GABAPENTIN 148 116 13 17
TRAZODONE HCL 146 135 14 36
NAMENDA 133 130 15 38
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 131 116 S3 16 20
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 123 108 17 63
KLOR-CON 10 121 116 18 122
MIRTAZAPINE 116 116 19 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 115 62 20 26
PAROXETINE HCL 113 101 21 71
JANTOVEN 107 96 22 52
TAMSULOSIN HCL 105 94 23 31
PREDNISONE 104 89 24 45
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 102 91 25 53
NOVOLOG 98 87 26 82
ATENOLOL 97 76 27 14
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 97 85 27 54
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 90 65 29 15
HEPARIN SODIUM 88 88 30 132
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 87 60 31 11
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 86 86 32 88
AZITHROMYCIN 85 72 33 42
CARVEDILOL 82 75 34 29
HYDRALAZINE HCL 81 66 35 48
LANTUS 81 73 35 39
TRAMADOL HCL 81 77 35 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 80 66 38 19
CLOPIDOGREL 77 75 39 32
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 74 54 40 7
DIGOXIN 73 61 41 62
EXELON 73 73 41 142
FLUOXETINE HCL 71 71 43 83
GLIMEPIRIDE 70 58 44 57
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 67 67 45 127
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 66 58 46 155
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 66 56 46 128
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 65 57 48 58
FENTANYL 65 52 S2 48 105
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 39 50 10
CARBAMAZEPINE 61 49 51 148
LYRICA 60 31 52 92
METFORMIN HCL 60 33 52 9
MUPIROCIN 59 51 54 232
ADVAIR DISKUS 58 52 55 46
RANITIDINE HCL 58 54 55 27
BETHANECHOL CHLORIDE 58 58 55 363
DIOVAN 56 52 58 35
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 56 49 58 50
MELOXICAM 54 48 60 68
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 53 53 61 18
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 52 51 62 86
ALLOPURINOL 52 41 62 49
CLONIDINE HCL 51 42 64 51
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 51 42 64 40
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 51 51 64 78
LEVOFLOXACIN 51 47 64 75
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 26, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.