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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,386Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 88 out of 5176

$1.66M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 86 out of 5176

471 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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 New York
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 471 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 471 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 19,387 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

51% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 30%.

Prescription Price

$82 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

43 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 New York
CRESTOR 893 845 1 15
NEXIUM 775 732 2 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 674 650 3 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 671 655 4 2
CARVEDILOL 656 623 5 24
SIMVASTATIN 654 632 6 1
PLAVIX 475 463 7 29
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 439 406 8 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 416 394 9 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 392 389 10 20
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 388 357 11 35
JANUVIA 343 332 12 25
OMEPRAZOLE 335 314 13 3
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 332 305 14 22
FUROSEMIDE 320 317 15 8
DIOVAN HCT 313 298 16 39
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 311 295 17 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 305 297 18 17
DIOVAN 303 276 19 19
CLOPIDOGREL 294 283 20 26
LIDODERM 277 272 21 59
WARFARIN SODIUM 273 257 22 13
METFORMIN HCL 228 196 23 7
LOVAZA 222 207 24 43
GLIMEPIRIDE 220 201 25 37
LIPITOR 217 196 26 51
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 213 206 27 44
JANUMET 208 182 28 77
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 193 190 29 4
SPIRIVA 167 150 30 54
RAMIPRIL 160 160 31 50
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 159 155 32 18
METFORMIN HCL ER 157 155 33 57
SYNTHROID 156 153 34 33
ADVAIR DISKUS 151 145 35 32
COUMADIN 151 146 35 112
VOLTAREN 144 134 37 97
MECLIZINE HCL 139 131 38 81
SOLARAZE 134 130 39 157
LANSOPRAZOLE 128 125 40 113
ALCOHOL SWABS 127 127 41 115
CLONIDINE HCL 127 115 41 79
GABAPENTIN 125 119 43 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 122 122 44 10
AVODART 122 122 44 107
ZETIA 119 106 46 68
PRANDIN 118 117 47 150
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 117 117 R 48 76
ALLOPURINOL 109 109 49 41
CREON 109 109 49 111
FAMOTIDINE 109 105 49 58
LYRICA 107 102 52 133
ONGLYZA 106 106 53 153
NIFEDIPINE ER 102 100 54 48
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 102 96 S3 54 127
CELEBREX 101 98 56 80
VYTORIN 100 100 57 152
BENICAR HCT 100 90 57 110
ENALAPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 100 88 57 212
NAMENDA 99 99 60 47
ACARBOSE 98 98 61 223
LACTULOSE 95 87 62 87
TERAZOSIN HCL 88 87 63 158
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 84 79 64 94
BYSTOLIC 83 67 65 96
LISINOPRIL 83 83 65 5
DEXILANT 81 79 67 118
NASONEX 79 79 68 178
VESICARE 79 72 68 210
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 79 79 68 116
RANITIDINE HCL 78 64 71 36
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 76 68 72 38
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 75 74 73 89
AZITHROMYCIN 74 70 74 42
DIGOXIN 71 71 75 56
MICARDIS HCT 66 63 76 180
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 65 65 77 149
AGGRENOX 60 60 78 235
MICARDIS 59 56 79 154
MOMETASONE FUROATE 58 50 80 251
NITROSTAT 57 56 81 205
BENICAR 56 56 82 100
ATENOLOL 56 56 82 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 56 56 82 23
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 55 55 S3 85 27
PROPRANOLOL HCL 55 54 85 199
PROAIR HFA 54 49 87 60
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 52 88 49
CYMBALTA 51 51 89 90
DONEPEZIL HCL 51 51 89 28
DICYCLOMINE HCL 50 50 91 224
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.