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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,786Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 82 out of 2061

$875K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 188 out of 2061

294 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
85% 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

17% of this provider’s 294 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 294 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 18,021 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

64 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
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 694 669 1 16
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 612 592 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 543 516 3 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 503 496 S3 4 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 501 485 5 4
TORSEMIDE 498 483 6 126
WARFARIN SODIUM 490 485 7 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 440 416 8 20
FUROSEMIDE 411 411 9 6
LANTUS 378 362 10 48
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 374 360 11 7
ALLOPURINOL 333 320 12 28
LISINOPRIL 291 288 13 2
FENTANYL 260 242 S2 14 84
MIRTAZAPINE 234 230 15 46
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 229 200 16 74
SSD 218 218 17 284
HUMALOG 217 211 18 163
TAMSULOSIN HCL 214 214 19 30
NAMENDA 210 210 20 37
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 208 193 21 14
GABAPENTIN 206 192 22 15
JANTOVEN 201 201 23 93
CARVEDILOL 198 198 24 22
DONEPEZIL HCL 195 195 25 24
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 186 185 26 117
METFORMIN HCL 183 183 27 9
CLONIDINE HCL 169 156 28 52
JANUVIA 166 166 29 51
PREDNISONE 163 161 30 32
NOVOLOG 156 146 31 102
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 153 152 32 72
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 150 149 33 77
OMEPRAZOLE 146 133 34 5
CLOPIDOGREL 145 145 35 29
RISPERIDONE 140 139 36 66
LIDODERM 135 135 37 106
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 134 134 38 25
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 134 132 38 104
SERTRALINE HCL 130 130 40 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 122 121 41 8
DIGOXIN 117 113 42 56
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 115 75 S2 43 36
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 114 99 44 23
TRAZODONE HCL 109 109 45 39
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 104 99 46 19
CLONIDINE 103 101 47 276
LEVETIRACETAM 103 103 47 102
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 103 103 47 118
CYMBALTA 101 100 50 59
PROMETHAZINE HCL 101 97 R 50 119
NITROFURANTOIN 97 94 52 206
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 97 91 52 43
GEMFIBROZIL 96 93 54 107
PLAVIX 92 92 55 49
SEROQUEL 89 89 56 157
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 88 76 57 38
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 87 85 58 42
LATANOPROST 87 71 58 236
DIOVAN 82 60 60 41
LEVOFLOXACIN 82 81 60 111
METOLAZONE 82 82 60 212
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 81 81 63 97
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 81 80 63 162
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 79 79 65 17
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 79 57 S2 65 300
RANITIDINE HCL 78 78 67 53
FAMOTIDINE 73 73 68 67
SILVER SULFADIAZINE 73 71 68 321
LYRICA 72 55 70 83
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 72 67 70 87
KETOCONAZOLE 71 67 72 230
VITAMIN D2 70 70 73 146
BUMETANIDE 67 67 74 136
LACTULOSE 66 48 75 131
SINGULAIR 65 53 76 88
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 65 65 76 173
ADVAIR DISKUS 63 62 78 57
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 62 62 79 76
EXELON 61 61 80 94
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 60 60 81 64
PEN NEEDLE 57 57 82 116
TRAMADOL HCL 55 55 83 18
CELEBREX 53 52 84 91
CEFTRIAXONE 53 53 84 228
OLANZAPINE 52 52 86 132
NOVOLIN R 51 48 87 129
ATENOLOL 51 51 87 13
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 51 40 87 109
HYDRALAZINE HCL 50 49 90 69
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. 30, 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.