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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,329Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 2094

$1.86M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 2094

1,044 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
78% 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 Jersey
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 1,044 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 1,044 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 17,178 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

40% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 32%.

Prescription Price

$92 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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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 Jersey
OMEPRAZOLE 673 546 1 4
LOVAZA 670 539 2 53
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 579 514 3 3
DIOVAN HCT 530 492 4 28
GLIMEPIRIDE 453 387 5 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 409 344 6 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 408 354 7 2
CRESTOR 382 344 8 15
METFORMIN HCL 372 304 9 8
NEXIUM 355 308 10 16
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 334 274 11 127
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 331 288 12 30
CARVEDILOL 329 308 13 19
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 326 257 14 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 300 248 15 5
SIMVASTATIN 291 265 16 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 283 273 17 20
DIOVAN 282 257 18 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 265 242 19 9
JANUVIA 263 223 20 35
PROAIR HFA 263 200 20 45
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 262 219 22 52
NAMENDA 259 240 23 32
AZITHROMYCIN 256 207 24 27
FENOFIBRATE 247 172 25 104
MECLIZINE HCL 236 213 26 103
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 235 186 27 37
FUROSEMIDE 224 182 28 6
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 222 182 29 81
CLOPIDOGREL 208 180 30 22
ADVAIR DISKUS 199 160 31 36
PLAVIX 195 176 32 38
SERTRALINE HCL 194 136 33 26
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 191 152 R 34 115
SINGULAIR 186 167 35 64
MELOXICAM 182 158 36 49
NAPROXEN 169 143 37 84
NATEGLINIDE 158 154 38 193
TRAMADOL HCL 145 128 39 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 139 131 40 29
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 138 105 41 41
VOLTAREN 130 123 42 109
PROMETHAZINE HCL 128 98 R 43 184
GABAPENTIN 127 99 44 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 126 115 45 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 126 107 45 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 123 119 47 11
EXELON 120 116 48 111
LISINOPRIL 119 98 49 7
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 116 96 50 128
JANUMET 115 87 51 86
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 113 88 52 91
FEXOFENADINE HCL 108 90 53 191
CLONIDINE HCL 106 85 54 62
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 106 77 54 107
LIDODERM 105 88 56 59
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 104 83 57 100
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 99 85 S3 58 129
METFORMIN HCL ER 98 63 59 67
ATENOLOL 97 71 60 21
LIPITOR 94 93 61 39
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 93 68 62 169
PATANOL 89 79 63 198
SPIRIVA 88 67 64 60
HYDROCORTISONE 84 65 65 268
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 81 59 66 46
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 68 66 55
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 78 74 68 25
SYMBICORT 77 69 69 149
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 73 60 70 141
BENICAR HCT 73 73 70 133
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 70 70 12
BYSTOLIC 72 57 73 83
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 71 62 74 140
LANTUS 71 66 74 66
ACTONEL 69 55 76 151
AMMONIUM LACTATE 68 64 77 185
AZELASTINE HCL 68 55 77 337
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 66 57 79 10
PRANDIN 62 62 80 125
EVISTA 62 62 80 131
ALLOPURINOL 60 59 82 50
FAMOTIDINE 60 59 82 34
LACTULOSE 60 57 82 65
FLUOCINONIDE 57 36 85 238
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 55 47 86 265
RAMIPRIL 53 49 87 48
HYDROCODONE BIT-IBUPROFEN 53 32 S3 87 279
NOVOLOG 53 50 87 116
PREDNISONE 53 41 87 54
PROCTOZONE-HC 52 47 91 266
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 43 92 225
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 50 31 S2 93 40
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 50 50 93 57
VENTOLIN HFA 50 40 93 132
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 Feb. 6, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.