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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,593Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 78 out of 247

$434K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 58 out of 247

322 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 322 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 322 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 5,196 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$78 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 183 168 1 8
ATENOLOL 176 158 2 10
FUROSEMIDE 170 157 3 5
SIMVASTATIN 152 152 4 1
OMEPRAZOLE 147 132 5 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 147 146 5 9
LISINOPRIL 144 138 7 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 124 116 8 3
PREDNISONE 123 118 9 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 122 119 10 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 119 111 11 36
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 108 85 12 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 103 103 13 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 99 99 14 14
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 93 82 15 51
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 87 52 S3 16 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 86 86 17 13
RANITIDINE HCL 85 81 18 34
KLOR-CON M20 78 64 19 44
TRAMADOL HCL 75 73 20 25
DIOVAN HCT 75 72 20 96
DIOVAN 74 73 22 38
CITALOPRAM HBR 69 65 23 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 69 55 23 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 66 66 25 31
ALLOPURINOL 65 65 26 33
CRESTOR 62 54 27 30
AZITHROMYCIN 59 55 28 48
NEXIUM 57 53 29 42
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 55 51 30 15
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 54 47 31 65
DIGOXIN 50 49 32 83
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 Jan. 11, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.