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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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33,420Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 2343

$2.12M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 2343

597 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 597 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 597 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 31,328 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

38% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

56 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
FUROSEMIDE 1,044 1,015 1 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,028 986 2 7
CRESTOR 944 871 3 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 773 719 4 24
OMEPRAZOLE 724 684 5 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 694 656 6 5
LISINOPRIL 565 537 7 3
DIOVAN 546 528 8 23
SIMVASTATIN 531 503 9 1
ATENOLOL 513 501 10 12
MECLIZINE HCL 508 469 11 103
NEXIUM 494 479 12 33
LOVAZA 482 442 13 113
IBUPROFEN 479 408 14 75
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 479 463 14 32
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 461 443 16 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 426 410 17 8
GABAPENTIN 405 362 18 16
DICYCLOMINE HCL 399 328 19 202
PLAVIX 380 377 20 38
METFORMIN HCL 380 341 20 9
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 380 360 20 46
DONEPEZIL HCL 378 351 23 21
NITROSTAT 358 356 24 164
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 358 339 24 18
LIDODERM 349 332 26 130
CREON 318 303 27 197
TAMSULOSIN HCL 294 288 28 29
CLONIDINE HCL 291 276 29 70
ALLOPURINOL 284 278 30 31
GLIPIZIDE XL 267 261 31 84
RANITIDINE HCL 262 222 32 43
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 258 248 33 28
PROCTOZONE-HC 254 240 34 208
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 239 224 35 54
DIOVAN HCT 239 223 35 63
CLOPIDOGREL 231 226 37 26
TRAMADOL HCL 231 219 37 25
NAMENDA 223 221 39 36
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 212 192 40 219
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 208 203 41 59
VESICARE 206 193 42 145
CELEBREX 203 201 43 71
HYDROCORTISONE 198 178 44 225
PROAIR HFA 192 184 45 86
SYNTHROID 189 175 46 40
FAMOTIDINE 186 181 47 60
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 186 185 47 10
DEXILANT 184 170 49 184
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 183 168 50 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 183 162 50 19
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 183 164 50 15
ADVAIR DISKUS 183 182 50 34
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 181 169 54 55
LIPITOR 170 170 55 78
MIRTAZAPINE 170 144 55 41
TRAZODONE HCL 170 170 55 53
LOVASTATIN 167 136 58 47
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 156 151 59 98
RISPERIDONE 156 150 59 61
JANUVIA 154 140 61 50
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 151 140 62 11
ZETIA 146 146 63 52
VOLTAREN 143 133 64 175
SINGLE USE SWAB 141 130 65 241
AZITHROMYCIN 140 132 66 39
ENDOCET 139 106 S2 67 97
KETOCONAZOLE 139 117 67 232
LANSOPRAZOLE 137 126 69 162
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 137 113 S3 69 112
SINGULAIR 137 125 69 100
LEXAPRO 135 133 72 178
AMMONIUM LACTATE 134 118 73 228
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 134 131 73 22
SOLARAZE 134 131 73 277
CARVEDILOL 131 128 76 27
SERTRALINE HCL 129 119 77 20
MEGESTROL ACETATE 127 127 R 78 246
SOTALOL 118 107 79 177
LIDOCAINE 117 106 80 258
CILOSTAZOL 115 115 81 204
NASONEX 114 107 82 209
FINASTERIDE 113 113 83 80
ALCOHOL PREP PADS 113 113 83 284
LOPERAMIDE 113 104 83 238
GLIPIZIDE 112 104 86 56
ACTOS 111 96 87 125
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 106 106 88 83
GLIPIZIDE ER 106 106 88 115
COLCRYS 106 93 88 166
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 105 79 R 91 109
FLUOCINONIDE 104 97 92 256
CYMBALTA 102 91 93 74
BUMETANIDE 100 99 94 91
LACTULOSE 100 89 94 139
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 100 92 94 72
FENTANYL 95 95 S2 97 69
LANTUS 93 93 98 51
AVODART 91 91 99 165
ALCOHOL SWABS 91 89 99 303
FEXOFENADINE HCL 90 90 101 240
ABILIFY 89 84 102 159
SPIRIVA 89 89 102 48
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 88 82 104 127
PROMETHAZINE HCL 87 86 R 105 222
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 82 82 106 85
LYRICA 81 81 107 135
INSULIN SYRINGE 81 72 107 102
LABETALOL HCL 81 80 107 153
PROPRANOLOL HCL 80 68 110 132
COUMADIN 76 76 111 216
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 76 76 111 187
PATANOL 75 69 113 310
PAROXETINE HCL 74 74 114 66
KLOR-CON 10 73 73 115 134
DILTIAZEM ER 71 71 116 207
DIGOXIN 70 70 117 35
HYDRALAZINE HCL 69 68 118 92
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 69 68 118 137
FLUOXETINE HCL 69 50 118 82
ZOVIRAX 67 64 121 483
CITALOPRAM HBR 67 67 121 17
NYSTATIN 66 57 123 172
NIFEDIPINE ER 66 66 123 89
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 66 65 123 147
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 60 123 64
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 65 58 127 263
DILTIAZEM HCL 65 65 127 276
TRICOR 64 49 129 96
GLIMEPIRIDE 64 64 129 45
CICLOPIROX 62 61 131 387
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 61 49 132 474
AMIODARONE HCL 60 57 133 158
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 58 56 S2 134 49
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 58 58 134 57
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 58 52 134 155
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 57 49 137 181
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE 56 56 138 481
LEVOFLOXACIN 56 54 138 106
NYSTOP 55 54 140 196
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 54 45 141 223
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 53 53 142 77
FLECTOR 53 52 142 439
BENICAR HCT 53 53 142 156
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 39 145 42
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 51 51 145 168
PREDNISONE 51 38 145 37
VENTOLIN HFA 50 33 148 79
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 May 21, 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.