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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,936Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 71 out of 157

$348K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 80 out of 157

411 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93% Patients 65 Years and Older
8% 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 Delaware
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 411 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 411 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Brand Name Drugs*

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $83 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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 Delaware
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 225 205 55 1 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 221 210 62 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 174 155 46 3 5
SIMVASTATIN 141 136* 39 4 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 129 129 38 5 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 118 118 31 6 12
ALPRAZOLAM 113 91 35 B 7 11
SERTRALINE HCL 113 87 26 7 27
LISINOPRIL 109 104* 30 9 2
LORAZEPAM 109 109 27 B 9 34
OMEPRAZOLE 103 98* 30 11 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 94 89* 20 12 9
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 79 74* 32 13 33
PREDNISONE 73 68* 51 14 35
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 71 59 14 15 20
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 63* 21 16 51
TRAMADOL HCL 66 50 18 17 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 56 51* 16 S3 18 26
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 56 51* 18 18 18
AZITHROMYCIN 55 50* 46 20 36
SYNTHROID 53 53 16 21 31
ATENOLOL 53 48* 14 21 13
MIRTAZAPINE 52 47* 12 23 37
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 Jan. 19, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.