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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,584Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 235 out of 3734

$699K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 315 out of 3734

521 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
38% 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
in Pennsylvania
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 521 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 521 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 12,336 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 595 560 1 2
LISINOPRIL 576 538 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 471 445 3 7
SIMVASTATIN 412 381 4 1
OMEPRAZOLE 391 356 5 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 382 357 6 6
ATENOLOL 364 361 7 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 305 291 8 9
METFORMIN HCL 260 226 9 8
SERTRALINE HCL 241 232 10 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 234 209 11 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 221 195 S3 12 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 212 191 13 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 210 210 14 5
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 196 176 15 53
GLIPIZIDE 185 167 16 57
LANTUS 179 174 17 54
ALLOPURINOL 170 158 18 33
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 158 150 19 15
RANITIDINE HCL 154 134 20 32
BUSPIRONE HCL 147 115 21 129
GABAPENTIN 139 127 22 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 132 126 23 14
SPIRONOLACTONE 130 125 24 80
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 122 122 25 21
CARVEDILOL 118 114 26 30
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 118 114 26 34
PREDNISONE 116 107 28 42
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 114 102 29 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 113 102 30 11
NEXIUM 101 62 31 36
NOVOLOG 94 87 32 112
DONEPEZIL HCL 94 91 32 25
MIRTAZAPINE 93 93 34 45
CLOPIDOGREL 92 89 35 23
FENTANYL 89 76 S2 36 65
FAMOTIDINE 87 60 37 60
DIGOXIN 86 86 38 43
AZITHROMYCIN 85 72 39 38
HYDRALAZINE HCL 80 80 40 111
QUINAPRIL HCL 80 79 40 74
FINASTERIDE 79 79 42 88
NAMENDA 78 78 43 44
TRAZODONE HCL 75 64 44 49
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 75 75 44 92
KLOR-CON M20 72 59 46 48
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 70 59 47 99
TERAZOSIN HCL 69 64 48 136
OLANZAPINE 68 68 49 106
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 67 67 50 98
DIOVAN 67 54 50 31
ROPINIROLE HCL 67 67 50 118
TRAMADOL HCL 65 56 53 20
AMIODARONE HCL 62 62 54 203
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 61 57 55 117
TAMSULOSIN HCL 61 61 55 29
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 60 59 57 77
PLAVIX 59 58 58 39
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 58 52 59 24
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 56 56 60 82
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 55 55 61 63
AGGRENOX 54 54 62 182
INSULIN SYRINGE 53 49 63 109
SYNTHROID 51 43 64 47
SPIRIVA 50 47 65 40
MELOXICAM 50 42 65 52
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 50 34 S2 65 51
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 Nov. 19, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.