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Prescriber Checkup

MAHENDRAKUMAR SHAH MD

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,416Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 788 out of 2061

$422K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 858 out of 2061

198 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
63%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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 Ohio
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

32% of this provider’s 198 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 5,100 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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 Ohio
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 498 246 S3 1 10
FUROSEMIDE 353 294 2 6
TRAMADOL HCL 309 136 3 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 242 155 4 16
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 216 166 5 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 193 188 6 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 185 170 7 7
NEXIUM 155 96 8 26
PROMETHAZINE HCL 140 43 R 9 119
LISINOPRIL 140 83 9 2
SINGULAIR 126 58 11 88
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 119 94 12 4
AMOXICILLIN 114 53 13 121
MELOXICAM 114 59 13 44
SIMVASTATIN 113 109 15 1
RANITIDINE HCL 103 54 16 53
TRAZODONE HCL 93 62 17 39
PLAVIX 90 72 18 49
WARFARIN SODIUM 89 85 19 11
NAMENDA 88 88 20 37
CARVEDILOL 86 64 21 22
OMEPRAZOLE 85 77 22 5
SPIRONOLACTONE 84 84 23 62
CLOPIDOGREL 82 72 24 29
METFORMIN HCL 75 63 25 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 70 62 26 19
BUSPIRONE HCL 69 33 27 115
SERTRALINE HCL 63 39 28 21
AZITHROMYCIN 57 26 29 34
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 55 27 30 23
LYRICA 55 21 30 83
SPIRIVA 54 39 32 63
NOVOLOG 54 48 32 102
IBUPROFEN 50 34 34 90
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 50 0 R 34 78
CRESTOR 50 27 34 31
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 Feb. 14, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.