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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,122Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 326 out of 1313

$332K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 380 out of 1313

368 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79% 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 Maryland
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 368 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $68 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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 321 260 75 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 176 144 38 2 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 175 126 48 3 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 171 156 39 4 10
LISINOPRIL 167 119 39 5 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 158 132 37 6 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 141 136* 34 7 12
CLOPIDOGREL 134 120 30 8 18
OMEPRAZOLE 115 78 27 9 8
SIMVASTATIN 107 102* 27 10 5
TRAMADOL HCL 92 87* 19 11 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 88 56 16 12 17
MELOXICAM 85 71 17 13 61
METFORMIN HCL ER 77 72* 24 14 79
SPIRIVA 74 69* 15 15 67
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 51 19 16 53
TAMSULOSIN HCL 72 67* 17 17 27
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 63 51 15 18 42
CARVEDILOL 59 37 20 19 32
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 58 46 14 20 7
ALPRAZOLAM 57 36 17 B 21 25
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 55 50* 13 22 28
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 54 54 11 23 94
FUROSEMIDE 53 48* 16 24 6
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 12, 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.