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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,925Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 26 out of 1006

$1.2M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 26 out of 1006

619 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
79% 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 Average for
this specialty
in Connecticut
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 619 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 619 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,159 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$71 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $71 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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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.

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
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Connecticut
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 659 480 1 2
LISINOPRIL 605 494 2 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 579 482 3 8
SIMVASTATIN 545 410 4 1
TRAZODONE HCL 410 355 5 21
FUROSEMIDE 404 375 6 6
MIRTAZAPINE 375 331 7 26
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 367 346 8 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 351 308 9 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 297 268 10 17
OMEPRAZOLE 285 228 11 9
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 246 181 12 53
TRAMADOL HCL 238 181 13 35
GABAPENTIN 234 143 14 20
ATENOLOL 210 191 15 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 193 141 16 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 189 138 17 5
RISPERIDONE 183 84 18 40
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 174 149 19 11
SERTRALINE HCL 163 105 20 19
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 161 145 21 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 156 116 22 24
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 156 124 22 45
METFORMIN HCL 155 116 24 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 151 117 25 12
LOVASTATIN 136 128 26 44
ADVAIR DISKUS 136 115 26 37
TAMSULOSIN HCL 133 94 28 23
NEXIUM 132 85 29 28
DIOVAN 131 125 30 16
LACTULOSE 128 71 31 104
CYMBALTA 128 95 31 41
ALLOPURINOL 124 115 33 31
LANTUS 124 117 33 43
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 120 43 35 91
CARVEDILOL 117 83 36 36
NAMENDA 110 110 37 34
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 104 98 38 15
ABILIFY 103 54 39 102
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 97 67 40 92
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 95 73 41 14
OLANZAPINE 93 70 42 68
LIDODERM 89 88 43 66
ZETIA 86 53 44 51
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 86 74 44 30
OLANZAPINE ODT 85 67 46 196
PREDNISONE 80 71 47 33
LAMOTRIGINE 79 40 48 119
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 78 18 49 136
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 74 65 50 80
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 71 20 R 51 106
SPIRONOLACTONE 71 60 51 71
DIGOXIN 71 66 51 52
PAROXETINE HCL 68 46 54 62
JANUVIA 68 64 54 49
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 67 64 56 135
RANITIDINE HCL 66 66 57 63
BYSTOLIC 65 61 58 84
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 63 58 59 73
LEVETIRACETAM 60 22 60 72
NOVOLOG 59 45 61 94
FINASTERIDE 57 44 62 76
PROAIR HFA 56 32 63 64
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 56 54 63 22
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 56 11 63 127
BENAZEPRIL HCL 56 50 63 112
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 56 50 63 59
METFORMIN HCL ER 55 41 68 56
LIPITOR 55 39 68 47
GLIPIZIDE 55 55 68 69
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 54 43 71 118
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 54 45 71 111
LEVEMIR 53 43 73 195
PLAVIX 51 50 74 61
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 51 51 74 214
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 51 40 74 75
TRICOR 51 0 74 101
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 51 24 74 55
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths 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.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • 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 July 8, 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.