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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,703Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 47 out of 143

$363K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 52 out of 143

242 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
56% 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 Delaware
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 242 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 242 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 3,249 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 28%.

Prescription Price

$77 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $79 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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 Delaware
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 180 145 1 9
METFORMIN HCL 150 100 2 8
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 131 101 3 21
LISINOPRIL 125 96 4 1
CEPHALEXIN 120 89 5 119
RANITIDINE HCL 115 67 6 41
OMEPRAZOLE 115 87 6 5
ATENOLOL 104 74 8 11
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 103 54 S2 9 56
TRAMADOL HCL 96 65 10 16
FUROSEMIDE 90 62 11 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 88 85 12 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 82 31 13 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 80 61 14 3
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 80 57 14 121
GABAPENTIN 79 60 16 18
ALLOPURINOL 74 51 17 39
CARVEDILOL 73 53 18 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 63 63 19 15
SPIRIVA 56 35 20 38
NAPROXEN 52 21 21 81
PEN NEEDLE 51 45 22 95
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 15, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.