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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,221Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 254 out of 3734

$624K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 434 out of 3734

393 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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

18% of this provider’s 393 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 393 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 10,126 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 481 410 1 5
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 444 353 2 53
FUROSEMIDE 415 339 3 7
OMEPRAZOLE 415 306 3 4
SIMVASTATIN 345 288 5 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 316 274 6 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 305 245 7 2
LISINOPRIL 257 210 8 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 249 106 S3 9 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 180 110 10 24
GABAPENTIN 178 86 11 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 177 139 12 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 173 170 13 25
MIRTAZAPINE 170 148 14 45
METFORMIN HCL ER 169 117 15 66
ATENOLOL 166 120 16 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 161 125 17 29
RISPERIDONE 154 123 18 62
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 152 115 19 15
SERTRALINE HCL 150 129 20 18
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 148 49 S2 21 51
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 145 141 22 98
NAMENDA 138 133 23 44
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 135 115 24 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 130 119 25 11
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 127 123 26 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 125 91 27 16
JANTOVEN 122 111 28 76
CLOPIDOGREL 120 94 29 23
AZITHROMYCIN 118 68 30 38
PLAVIX 112 95 31 39
TRAMADOL HCL 105 87 32 20
PAROXETINE HCL 103 56 33 59
TRAZODONE HCL 102 65 34 49
RANITIDINE HCL 101 92 35 32
METFORMIN HCL 101 84 35 8
CARISOPRODOL 99 0 R 37 134
PREDNISONE 98 77 38 42
GLIMEPIRIDE 94 74 39 37
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 89 89 40 92
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 87 72 41 71
BUSPIRONE HCL 84 63 42 129
WARFARIN SODIUM 81 67 43 10
IBUPROFEN 79 29 44 75
LANTUS 77 57 45 54
FAMOTIDINE 76 69 46 60
SPIRIVA 74 69 47 40
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 72 53 48 84
CLONIDINE HCL 72 66 48 79
HYDRALAZINE HCL 71 66 50 111
GLIPIZIDE 71 56 50 57
DIOVAN 70 58 52 31
ADVAIR DISKUS 70 66 52 35
MEGESTROL ACETATE 66 66 R 54 269
NYSTOP 64 49 55 187
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 63 32 56 158
VENLAFAXINE HCL 62 40 57 213
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 55 57 9
LEVOFLOXACIN 61 55 59 116
ALLOPURINOL 60 60 60 33
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 60 24 60 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 59 59 62 26
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 59 54 62 135
FENOFIBRATE 57 56 64 81
BACLOFEN 53 19 65 142
LIPITOR 52 52 66 90
MELOXICAM 51 32 67 52
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.