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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,322Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 309 out of 1313

$368K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 319 out of 1313

337 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86% Patients 65 Years and Older
31% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Maryland
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 337 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 337 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $68 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Maryland
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 266 212 48 1 1
LISINOPRIL 218 171 45 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 213 165 47 3 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 175 142 42 4 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 152 117 36 5 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 106 95 20 6 14
ALPRAZOLAM 96 75 23 B 7 25
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 95 65 30 8 34
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 85 61 22 9 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 72* 21 10 11
METFORMIN HCL 77 72* 17 10 9
OXYCODONE HCL 73 <11 <11 S2 12 37
FUROSEMIDE 70 65* 14 13 6
SERTRALINE HCL 70 58 18 13 20
MELOXICAM 69 64* 17 15 61
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 68 38 17 16 7
CLOPIDOGREL 66 37 12 17 18
OMEPRAZOLE 66 35 16 17 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 66 66 17 17 28
CRESTOR 64 59* 18 20 26
GABAPENTIN 64 24 11 20 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 63 <11 <11 S3 22 23
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 62 43 15 23 17
ALLOPURINOL 61 48 12 24 45
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 48 12 25 77
SYNTHROID 59 59 16 26 70
TAMSULOSIN HCL 56 51* 18 27 27
DIAZEPAM 52 19 11 B 28 103
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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. 16, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.