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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,776Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 53 out of 157

$514K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 51 out of 157

599 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93% Patients 65 Years and Older
10% 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 599 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 599 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$89 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $83 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 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
SIMVASTATIN 322 293 92 1 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 242 237* 68 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 233 220 66 3 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 193 173 58 4 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 166 161* 50 5 10
OMEPRAZOLE 161 148 53 6 6
LISINOPRIL 147 142* 47 7 2
ALPRAZOLAM 146 134 55 B 8 11
FUROSEMIDE 125 120* 36 9 7
SERTRALINE HCL 114 114 27 10 27
PREDNISONE 114 109* 84 10 35
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 93 88* 25 12 28
ATENOLOL 91 91 24 13 13
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 79 25 14 49
AZITHROMYCIN 84 79* 67 15 36
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 79 79 17 16 18
METFORMIN HCL 78 78 24 17 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 69 64* 24 S3 18 26
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 65 65 23 19 20
CRESTOR 65 60* 21 19 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 65 65 16 19 32
AMOXICILLIN 62 57* 51 22 93
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 61 49 17 23 42
ALLOPURINOL 60 60 13 24 40
LORAZEPAM 59 59 15 B 25 34
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 59 54* 20 25 9
ZETIA 56 56 15 27 68
WARFARIN SODIUM 54 <11 <11 28 19
NEXIUM 53 48* 20 29 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 52 40 14 30 12
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 Aug. 8, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.