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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,339Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 796 out of 2399

$430K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 969 out of 2399

178 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%* Patients 65 Years and Older
34% 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

11% of this provider’s 178 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 178 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

47 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
NAMENDA 334 334 25 1 33
WARFARIN SODIUM 292 292 16 2 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 272 267* 44 3 2
MIRTAZAPINE 238 238 33 4 41
LISINOPRIL 220 220 42 5 3
OMEPRAZOLE 214 214 42 6 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 212 212 19 7 26
SIMVASTATIN 200 200 34 8 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 198 198 34 9 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 185 185 29 10 22
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 180 180 32 11 4
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 179 179 36 12 64
FUROSEMIDE 172 172 32 13 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 150 150 25 14 11
GABAPENTIN 123 123 28 15 17
TRAZODONE HCL 109 104* 17 16 51
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 108 103* 17 17 34
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 104 99* 23 18 39
VOLTAREN 103 103 21 19 138
TAMSULOSIN HCL 101 101 15 20 27
CLOTRIMAZOLE 96 96 28 21 309
EVISTA 89 89 12 22 142
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 89 89 17 22 21
CLOPIDOGREL 88 88 13 24 14
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 87 <11 <11 A 25 61
HYDRALAZINE HCL 82 82 13 26 88
NAMENDA XR 78 78 14 27 360
SERTRALINE HCL 72 <11 <11 28 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 72 <11 <11 28 12
DIGOX 69 69 12 30 62
VESICARE 68 <11 <11 31 111
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 65 60* 13 32 56
ATENOLOL 64 64 11 33 13
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 63 63 26 34 42
FAMOTIDINE* 61 <11 <11 35 60
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 59 <11 <11 36 18
QUINAPRIL HCL 58 <11 <11 37 85
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 57 57 14 38 90
GLIPIZIDE 52 <11 <11 39 53
CILOSTAZOL 51 <11 <11 40 223
CLONAZEPAM 51 <11 <11 B 40 52
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 Dec. 10, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.