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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,552Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 348 out of 1269

$278K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 433 out of 1269

346 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
42% 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 Maryland
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 346 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 346 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 3,660 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 26%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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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 Maryland
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 281 234 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 179 135 2 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 176 150 3 11
LISINOPRIL 169 115 4 1
SIMVASTATIN 129 121 5 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 104 92 6 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 103 77 7 13
OMEPRAZOLE 96 67 8 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 92 71 9 7
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 89 54 10 18
TRAMADOL HCL 85 82 11 16
METFORMIN HCL ER 84 76 12 80
LOVASTATIN 73 72 13 30
CLOPIDOGREL 69 69 14 32
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 44 15 59
CARVEDILOL 63 42 16 29
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 49 17 10
AZITHROMYCIN 61 46 17 42
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 58 57 19 81
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 58 58 19 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 58 55 19 19
PLAVIX 56 43 22 47
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 53 44 23 6
ADVAIR DISKUS 53 35 23 46
DONEPEZIL HCL 53 53 23 22
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 March 12, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.