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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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33,076Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 2343

$1.95M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 2343

1,300 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%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
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Pennsylvania
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 1,300 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 1,300 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 28,656 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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 Pennsylvania
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,384 1,080 S3 1 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,118 993 2 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,008 890 3 7
FUROSEMIDE 874 825 4 6
OMEPRAZOLE 843 733 5 4
SIMVASTATIN 828 723 6 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 739 646 7 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 710 649 8 8
GABAPENTIN 658 560 9 16
CARVEDILOL 552 502 10 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 548 504 11 18
MELOXICAM 545 455 12 68
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 537 487 13 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 457 430 14 10
CLONIDINE HCL 425 322 15 70
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 423 388 16 151
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 422 391 17 22
DIGOXIN 384 366 18 35
AZITHROMYCIN 335 286 19 39
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 322 273 20 24
CLOPIDOGREL 303 284 21 26
DIOVAN 293 277 22 23
BUMETANIDE 285 237 23 91
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 272 255 24 32
RANITIDINE HCL 265 212 25 43
PRANDIN 264 251 26 140
ALLOPURINOL 260 231 27 31
LISINOPRIL 259 215 28 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 258 174 29 17
PLAVIX 254 234 30 38
TAMSULOSIN HCL 248 230 31 29
QUINAPRIL HCL 247 216 32 73
SYNTHROID 237 214 33 40
METFORMIN HCL 235 197 34 9
HYDRALAZINE HCL 234 214 35 92
CYMBALTA 230 145 36 74
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 221 214 37 19
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 220 170 S2 38 49
TRAZODONE HCL 211 167 39 53
KLOR-CON M20 207 178 40 44
ATENOLOL 194 170 41 12
TRAMADOL HCL 193 142 42 25
GLYBURIDE 191 160 R 43 62
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 179 161 44 83
OXYCODONE HCL 179 147 S2 44 67
SPIRIVA 176 150 46 48
CRESTOR 176 163 46 30
ZETIA 175 150 48 52
FENTANYL 173 145 S2 49 69
NAMENDA 171 171 50 36
IBUPROFEN 171 139 50 75
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 170 144 52 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 166 166 53 21
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 164 90 R 54 109
NEXIUM 162 135 55 33
BYSTOLIC 157 146 56 123
BENICAR 154 146 57 93
PREDNISONE 152 151 58 37
MIRTAZAPINE 152 132 58 41
FLUOXETINE HCL 151 109 60 82
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 149 137 61 59
LOVAZA 144 120 62 113
DIOVAN HCT 139 134 63 63
ADVAIR DISKUS 136 127 64 34
FAMOTIDINE 133 88 65 60
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 133 121 65 127
GLIPIZIDE 132 118 67 56
JANUVIA 132 130 67 50
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 129 111 69 278
EVISTA 128 107 70 128
AMOXICILLIN 128 100 70 118
CARISOPRODOL 125 79 R 72 176
MUPIROCIN 124 103 73 260
AGGRENOX 123 119 74 174
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 122 116 75 76
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 121 109 76 72
LANTUS 120 112 77 51
CELEBREX 117 115 78 71
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 115 108 79 54
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 115 88 79 87
KLOR-CON 10 114 110 81 134
VESICARE 105 78 82 145
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 102 78 83 187
AVODART 101 90 84 165
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 99 88 85 55
AZOR 97 95 86 262
SINGULAIR 93 70 87 100
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 90 69 S2 88 142
PEN NEEDLE 90 61 88 119
CEPHALEXIN 90 78 88 111
LIDODERM 85 78 91 130
TRICOR 85 85 91 96
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 83 40 93 218
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 82 74 94 122
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 82 74 94 101
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 81 78 96 28
LANSOPRAZOLE 81 68 96 162
ENDOCET 81 60 S2 96 97
TRILIPIX 79 55 99 214
GLIMEPIRIDE 78 57 100 45
PAROXETINE HCL 77 70 101 66
SERTRALINE HCL 76 69 102 20
BENICAR HCT 76 72 102 156
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 75 75 104 190
KLOR-CON M10 73 66 105 107
EXFORGE 72 51 106 163
SOTALOL 72 72 106 177
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 72 65 106 152
LABETALOL HCL 70 68 109 153
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 70 61 109 155
AMIODARONE HCL 68 68 111 158
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 67 54 R 112 154
SPIRONOLACTONE 67 67 112 65
RAMIPRIL 67 63 112 90
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 66 60 115 46
DICYCLOMINE HCL 63 63 116 202
FINASTERIDE 61 61 117 80
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 59 36 118 287
TERAZOSIN HCL 58 47 119 143
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 57 47 120 180
NYSTATIN 57 55 120 172
JANUMET 57 48 120 191
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 56 36 R 123 117
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 55 51 124 57
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 55 51 124 120
BACLOFEN 55 21 124 161
VOLTAREN 53 45 127 175
KOMBIGLYZE XR 53 53 127 445
NIFEDICAL XL 53 53 127 148
LYRICA 52 24 130 135
COUMADIN 51 51 131 216
VENTOLIN HFA 51 43 131 79
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 48 133 320
MECLIZINE HCL 50 48 133 103
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 50 49 133 14
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 Aug. 29, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.