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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,054Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 180 out of 2399

$895K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 237 out of 2399

403 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93% Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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 Pennsylvania
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 403 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 403 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

42 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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 Pennsylvania
FUROSEMIDE 964 915 95 1 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 620 615* 70 2 8
LISINOPRIL 592 562 97 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 587 582* 62 4 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 563 558* 46 5 10
SIMVASTATIN 551 509 81 6 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 544 532 61 7 26
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 460 444 71 8 4
NAMENDA 412 412 34 9 33
OMEPRAZOLE 332 313 58 10 5
GABAPENTIN 279 274* 33 11 17
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 278 260 43 12 64
MIRTAZAPINE 226 226 35 13 41
CARVEDILOL 222 217* 31 14 28
TRAMADOL HCL 219 194 44 15 25
CITALOPRAM HBR 209 209 32 16 22
TAMSULOSIN HCL 200 171 31 17 27
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 195 190* 31 18 16
LANTUS 190 155 30 19 65
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 187 161 33 20 11
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 183 145 17 21 105
SERTRALINE HCL 181 169 22 22 24
KLOR-CON M20 171 166* 29 23 46
LORAZEPAM 162 162 27 B 24 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 158 145 29 25 12
HYDRALAZINE HCL 151 146* 30 26 88
ALLOPURINOL 149 132 18 27 32
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 148 143* 31 28 7
LEVETIRACETAM 147 142* 22 29 93
DIGOX 144 139* 19 30 62
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 142 142 19 A 31 61
CYMBALTA 137 <11 <11 32 63
PREDNISONE 135 115 31 33 38
RISPERIDONE 133 133 18 A 34 74
CLOPIDOGREL 132 132 22 35 14
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 121 116* 17 36 36
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 115 115 15 37 100
TRAZODONE HCL 115 102 16 37 51
GLIPIZIDE 112 107* 12 39 53
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 103 103 15 40 18
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 100 95* 18 41 20
DIOVAN 98 98 11 42 30
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 97 92* 30 S2 43 50
HUMALOG 97 72 20 43 133
ULORIC 84 <11 <11 45 301
SPIRONOLACTONE 82 82 14 46 71
NIFEDIPINE ER 80 80 13 47 94
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 80 <11 <11 47 86
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 79 <11 <11 49 39
SPIRIVA 76 76 13 50 49
ATENOLOL 75 75 12 51 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 73 61 15 52 29
HUMULIN R 73 73 11 52 280
COLCRYS 71 <11 <11 54 160
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 70 <11 <11 55 21
LATANOPROST 70 65* 16 55 176
SANTYL 69 64* 36 57 219
TRAVATAN Z 69 69 13 57 355
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 67 55 14 59 137
CRESTOR 66 61* 11 60 31
LITHIUM CARBONATE 65 <11 <11 61 348
LOVASTATIN 63 <11 <11 62 55
ROPINIROLE HCL 61 <11 <11 63 120
FINASTERIDE 59 <11 <11 64 84
ABILIFY 57 <11 <11 A 65 131
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 57 57 13 S3 65 130
PAROXETINE HCL 55 <11 <11 67 73
LABETALOL HCL 55 <11 <11 67 155
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 54 49* 16 69 42
RANITIDINE HCL 53 48* 15 70 45
DILTIAZEM HCL 53 <11 <11 70 267
AVODART 52 <11 <11 72 170
EXELON 52 <11 <11 72 132
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 50 <11 <11 74 174
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 50 <11 <11 74 324
ENULOSE 50 45* 12 74 253
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 March 21, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.