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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,613Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 2456

$1.08M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 31 out of 2456

470 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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 Massachusetts
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 470 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 470 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 18,499 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

46 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 Massachusetts
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,046 921 1 9
SIMVASTATIN 768 676 2 2
TRAZODONE HCL 692 642 3 17
FUROSEMIDE 665 598 4 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 624 507 5 4
LISINOPRIL 595 528 6 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 558 519 7 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 505 462 8 10
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 478 430 9 51
OMEPRAZOLE 472 349 10 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 466 455 11 23
MIRTAZAPINE 422 414 12 29
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 355 330 13 5
METFORMIN HCL 350 308 14 11
NAMENDA 337 332 15 42
RANITIDINE HCL 305 291 16 31
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 278 251 17 33
OLANZAPINE 270 254 18 57
RISPERIDONE 248 245 19 50
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 245 245 20 47
GABAPENTIN 237 186 21 16
TRAMADOL HCL 230 202 22 24
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 223 188 S3 23 20
NYSTATIN 219 157 24 99
SERTRALINE HCL 217 206 25 21
LIDODERM 214 191 26 58
ATENOLOL 202 180 27 6
PREDNISONE 198 180 28 39
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 195 192 29 13
FLUOXETINE HCL 180 151 30 45
TAMSULOSIN HCL 176 170 31 32
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 166 137 32 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 156 140 33 7
NYSTOP 155 104 34 125
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 144 136 35 82
LANTUS 140 88 36 44
SPIRIVA 138 130 37 43
CLOPIDOGREL 136 133 38 55
OXYCODONE HCL 133 50 S2 39 38
DIGOXIN 129 124 40 49
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 126 102 41 37
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 125 119 42 48
IBUPROFEN 120 75 43 52
CYMBALTA 111 102 44 65
ADVAIR DISKUS 111 80 44 36
NOVOLOG 110 84 46 100
LEVOFLOXACIN 99 78 47 103
ALLOPURINOL 95 82 48 27
LAMOTRIGINE 95 87 48 120
PAROXETINE HCL 95 89 48 56
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 92 69 51 140
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 90 90 52 19
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 88 76 53 92
BACLOFEN 85 47 54 112
SEROQUEL 83 82 55 102
GLYBURIDE 83 70 R 55 40
FINASTERIDE 81 80 57 66
BUPROPION HCL SR 79 75 58 119
VENLAFAXINE HCL 79 40 58 188
PLAVIX 79 78 58 79
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 76 67 61 113
ABILIFY 73 53 62 95
GENERLAC 72 67 63 142
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 71 62 64 165
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 70 64 65 85
SINGULAIR 69 60 66 149
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 68 29 R 67 77
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 67 53 68 182
MELOXICAM 65 50 69 121
KLOR-CON M20 65 46 69 69
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 62 49 71 147
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 60 46 72 260
GLIPIZIDE 59 43 73 46
SPIRONOLACTONE 59 56 73 73
HUMALOG 58 46 75 123
PROAIR HFA 58 21 75 22
LACTULOSE 57 50 77 88
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 56 32 R 78 126
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 55 50 79 87
LEVETIRACETAM 54 32 80 90
CARVEDILOL 53 51 81 54
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 53 52 81 231
CLOZAPINE 53 47 81 75
BUMETANIDE 52 36 84 167
METOLAZONE 51 51 85 271
FLUVOXAMINE MALEATE 51 49 85 230
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 51 46 85 78
ROPINIROLE HCL 50 34 88 148
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.