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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Urology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,630Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 334

$816K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 334

995 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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
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this specialty
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

1% of this provider’s 995 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 995 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 6,681 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

49% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$107 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $77 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

8 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 5.


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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
TAMSULOSIN HCL 1,893 1,732 1 1
AVODART 1,449 1,392 10 2 4
VESICARE 582 509 10 3 5
FINASTERIDE 443 380 4 2
ENABLEX 335 286 10 5 15
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 322 206 6 6
JALYN 300 289 7 17
RAPAFLO 279 256 8 10
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 249 196 9 3
DETROL LA 188 150 10 24
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 147 147 11 7
TOVIAZ 121 85 12 18
ANDROGEL 111 70 S3 13 34
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 92 51 14 12
BICALUTAMIDE 91 80 15 19
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 89 60 16 9
TERAZOSIN HCL 88 78 17 11
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 84 71 18 8
GELNIQUE 66 59 19 44
FLOMAX 57 56 10 20 64
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. 28, 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.