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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,146Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 111 out of 2343

$874K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 201 out of 2343

666 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
60% 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 666 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 666 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 16,967 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
OMEPRAZOLE 836 789 1 4
FUROSEMIDE 661 631 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 619 591 3 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 568 555 4 8
SIMVASTATIN 525 523 5 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 521 495 6 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 499 489 7 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 498 475 8 17
LISINOPRIL 388 366 9 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 385 377 10 21
METFORMIN HCL 369 354 11 9
ATENOLOL 343 332 12 12
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 325 299 13 54
GABAPENTIN 295 247 14 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 246 227 15 10
SERTRALINE HCL 238 214 16 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 226 224 17 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 223 218 18 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 216 177 19 15
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 213 210 20 57
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 196 181 21 42
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 194 164 S3 22 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 190 190 23 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 185 182 24 11
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 171 163 25 85
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 168 136 26 24
RAMIPRIL 159 159 27 90
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 158 132 28 77
ALLOPURINOL 155 149 29 31
RISPERIDONE 154 137 30 61
PREDNISONE 150 147 31 37
TAMSULOSIN HCL 145 145 32 29
TRAMADOL HCL 140 133 33 25
FINASTERIDE 131 129 34 80
ADVAIR DISKUS 131 116 34 34
NAMENDA 130 130 36 36
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 127 111 37 87
DIGOXIN 126 126 38 35
GLIPIZIDE 108 108 39 56
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 105 105 40 126
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 105 102 40 55
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 103 97 42 64
DIOVAN 100 100 43 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 98 91 44 19
LANTUS 93 88 45 51
ABILIFY 92 90 46 159
SPIRIVA 92 80 46 48
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 90 86 48 239
MIRTAZAPINE 90 90 48 41
SYNTHROID 89 82 50 40
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 89 59 50 219
ZOSTAVAX 89 87 50 236
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 86 86 53 99
LOVASTATIN 86 86 53 47
CARVEDILOL 84 84 55 27
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 80 80 56 149
DIOVAN HCT 79 79 57 63
AMIODARONE HCL 76 76 58 158
FLUOCINONIDE 71 71 59 256
TRAZODONE HCL 70 62 60 53
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 69 64 61 72
SPIRONOLACTONE 69 62 61 65
KLOR-CON M20 68 61 63 44
LEVETIRACETAM 67 66 64 104
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 67 48 64 46
BUSPIRONE HCL 67 55 64 146
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 64 58 67 127
PAROXETINE HCL 64 53 67 66
CYMBALTA 61 46 69 74
ACTOS 61 58 69 125
CLOPIDOGREL 60 56 71 26
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 59 49 S2 72 49
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 56 56 73 105
GLIPIZIDE XL 54 50 74 84
NOVOLOG 52 52 75 110
LOPERAMIDE 52 52 75 238
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 50 50 77 83
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 50 47 77 120
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 21, 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.