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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,166Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 561 out of 2061

$523K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 637 out of 2061

323 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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 Ohio
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 323 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 323 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 6,593 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 24%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 Ohio
FUROSEMIDE 448 326 1 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 431 291 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 305 221 3 5
LISINOPRIL 295 173 4 2
SIMVASTATIN 289 184 5 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 279 266 6 20
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 248 206 S3 7 10
METFORMIN HCL 243 99 8 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 215 169 9 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 164 120 10 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 157 151 11 24
GABAPENTIN 147 99 12 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 147 107 12 4
TRAMADOL HCL 138 100 14 18
SERTRALINE HCL 133 122 15 21
ATENOLOL 123 84 16 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 118 94 17 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 115 81 18 16
NAMENDA 99 96 19 37
GLIMEPIRIDE 91 37 20 33
NEXIUM 89 26 21 26
ADVAIR DISKUS 75 40 22 57
TRAZODONE HCL 69 54 23 39
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 67 64 24 54
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 65 46 25 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 64 51 26 17
CARVEDILOL 63 61 27 22
DETROL LA 61 49 28 264
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 47 28 12
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 60 40 30 74
PROAIR HFA 60 39 30 40
KLOR-CON M20 56 50 32 47
TAMSULOSIN HCL 56 43 32 30
PROPRANOLOL HCL 54 0 34 143
FENTANYL 53 37 S2 35 84
GEMFIBROZIL 52 0 36 107
BUPROPION HCL SR 52 45 36 209
AZITHROMYCIN 52 41 36 34
TRICOR 51 16 39 128
CLOPIDOGREL 50 50 40 29
RISPERIDONE 50 29 40 66
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, 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.