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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,952Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 64 out of 247

$451K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 53 out of 247

375 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%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 Maine
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 375 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 375 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 4,946 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

$76 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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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 Maine
SIMVASTATIN 276 261 1 1
ATENOLOL 244 214 2 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 232 216 3 3
LISINOPRIL 169 155 4 2
FUROSEMIDE 162 143 5 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 156 151 6 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 139 116 7 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 136 117 8 15
OMEPRAZOLE 134 95 9 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 124 81 S3 10 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 123 123 11 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 121 121 12 8
SERTRALINE HCL 104 82 13 16
ADVAIR DISKUS 99 81 14 18
GABAPENTIN 97 54 15 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 90 86 16 14
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 87 60 17 64
TAMSULOSIN HCL 67 64 18 31
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 67 60 18 139
PREDNISONE 66 58 20 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 65 65 21 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 65 61 21 35
OXYCODONE HCL 63 33 S2 23 27
COMBIVENT 61 47 24 63
SPIRIVA 60 56 25 26
PROAIR HFA 58 49 26 29
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 57 48 27 37
FAMOTIDINE 57 49 27 66
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 56 42 29 7
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 56 50 29 32
CRESTOR 55 41 31 30
VERAPAMIL ER 50 43 32 135
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 Oct. 14, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.