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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,132Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 75 out of 2343

$1.32M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 39 out of 2343

466 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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 Pennsylvania
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 466 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 466 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 16,906 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

43 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
SIMVASTATIN 825 674 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 686 588 2 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 658 586 3 7
OMEPRAZOLE 644 538 4 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 551 473 5 8
TRAMADOL HCL 437 370 6 25
LISINOPRIL 419 327 7 3
FUROSEMIDE 416 375 8 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 392 345 9 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 349 342 10 21
NAMENDA 316 299 11 36
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 299 263 12 32
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 267 227 13 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 257 225 14 15
CLOPIDOGREL 249 215 15 26
CITALOPRAM HBR 217 169 16 17
CRESTOR 216 169 17 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 209 168 18 10
ZETIA 199 144 19 52
DIGOXIN 195 190 20 35
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 193 153 21 105
METFORMIN HCL 192 167 22 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 181 165 23 14
BUMETANIDE 176 155 24 91
KLOR-CON M20 160 124 25 44
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 159 149 26 22
DIOVAN 159 146 26 23
ARICEPT 157 156 28 389
PLAVIX 156 140 29 38
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 152 143 30 28
RISPERIDONE 144 99 31 61
ADVAIR DISKUS 135 111 32 34
AGGRENOX 133 133 33 174
RANITIDINE HCL 126 89 34 43
ONGLYZA 123 118 35 211
SERTRALINE HCL 122 82 36 20
LANTUS 121 97 37 51
FENTANYL 121 91 S2 37 69
SPIRONOLACTONE 120 86 39 65
GLIMEPIRIDE 118 98 40 45
ALLOPURINOL 116 114 41 31
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 113 52 S3 42 13
CARVEDILOL 112 103 43 27
GABAPENTIN 110 84 44 16
CELEBREX 109 107 45 71
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 108 82 46 11
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 107 97 47 77
JANUVIA 107 104 47 50
MIRTAZAPINE 103 91 49 41
SPIRIVA 103 81 49 48
BENICAR 103 70 49 93
HUMALOG 98 92 52 131
PEN NEEDLE 97 84 53 119
AZITHROMYCIN 93 84 54 39
LEVETIRACETAM 93 79 54 104
ATENOLOL 91 91 56 12
PREDNISONE 91 81 56 37
LYRICA 91 60 56 135
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 88 85 59 57
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 87 86 60 55
EXELON 87 78 60 129
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 85 64 62 85
CYMBALTA 85 57 62 74
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 85 85 62 257
WELCHOL 84 64 65 233
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 83 66 66 54
VENLAFAXINE HCL 81 71 67 252
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 80 80 68 149
TRILIPIX 79 57 69 214
TRAZODONE HCL 76 26 70 53
TRICOR 76 48 70 96
TAMSULOSIN HCL 75 60 72 29
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 75 37 72 152
NOVOLOG 74 72 74 110
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 74 70 74 99
GENERLAC 71 30 76 281
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 71 62 76 137
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 71 71 76 147
LEVOFLOXACIN 71 56 76 106
BYSTOLIC 70 39 80 123
LEVEMIR 70 65 80 250
AMIODARONE HCL 70 66 80 158
NIASPAN 69 54 83 141
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 68 67 84 59
VESICARE 67 40 85 145
CEPHALEXIN 66 56 86 111
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 58 87 42
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 65 65 87 354
NATEGLINIDE 65 65 87 255
BENAZEPRIL HCL 64 54 90 113
SINGULAIR 64 50 90 100
KLOR-CON 10 63 62 92 134
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 59 42 93 120
BYETTA 59 59 93 459
OXYCONTIN 59 57 S2 93 138
MELOXICAM 59 33 93 68
TEKTURNA 58 44 97 326
PROPRANOLOL HCL 57 56 98 132
FENOFIBRATE 56 39 99 94
RAMIPRIL 56 56 99 90
MECLIZINE HCL 55 44 101 103
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 54 43 102 127
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 54 51 102 244
ROPINIROLE HCL 52 44 104 124
VYTORIN 52 49 104 185
IBUPROFEN 50 37 106 75
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 Sept. 13, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.