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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,384Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 2456

$1.28M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 2456

723 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
80% 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

15% of this provider’s 723 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 723 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 22,130 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

35 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,126 1,014 1 4
FUROSEMIDE 1,101 989 2 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,014 899 3 9
SIMVASTATIN 810 717 4 2
SERTRALINE HCL 776 723 5 21
LISINOPRIL 765 722 6 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 663 600 7 5
OMEPRAZOLE 650 566 8 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 568 526 9 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 546 522 10 10
TRAZODONE HCL 488 433 11 17
GABAPENTIN 464 399 12 16
RISPERIDONE 463 423 13 50
DONEPEZIL HCL 434 422 14 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 382 354 15 13
MIRTAZAPINE 370 330 16 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 352 306 17 12
LANTUS 332 296 18 44
FLUOXETINE HCL 317 276 19 45
METFORMIN HCL 299 262 20 11
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 288 274 21 37
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 269 260 22 33
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 239 227 23 48
PREDNISONE 221 200 24 39
METFORMIN HCL ER 221 169 24 59
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 213 153 26 94
NYSTOP 212 182 27 125
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 211 207 28 47
ATENOLOL 208 193 29 6
NAMENDA 194 194 30 42
CLOPIDOGREL 193 193 31 55
GLIPIZIDE 181 169 32 46
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 179 155 33 166
LIDODERM 158 150 34 58
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 155 137 35 30
ADVAIR DISKUS 153 128 36 36
TAMSULOSIN HCL 151 141 37 32
CYMBALTA 149 114 38 65
TRAMADOL HCL 148 116 39 24
LOVASTATIN 148 138 39 34
ALLOPURINOL 148 130 39 27
DIGOXIN 146 146 42 49
LEVETIRACETAM 133 109 43 90
NOVOLOG 125 121 44 100
PAROXETINE HCL 124 89 45 56
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 124 124 45 82
FINASTERIDE 123 123 47 66
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 122 115 48 7
PLAVIX 120 116 49 79
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 119 96 50 51
SPIRONOLACTONE 118 110 51 73
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115 81 52 41
MELOXICAM 115 96 52 121
RANITIDINE HCL 114 111 54 31
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 114 106 54 85
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 113 65 S2 56 35
NYSTATIN 109 93 57 99
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 107 84 58 131
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 102 98 59 87
BUSPIRONE HCL 99 76 60 157
PROAIR HFA 96 51 61 22
GLIPIZIDE ER 95 69 62 89
CRESTOR 95 62 62 25
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 93 77 64 113
KLOR-CON M20 91 91 65 69
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 88 58 66 15
CEFTRIAXONE 86 73 67 236
DIOVAN 83 67 68 26
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 82 63 69 92
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 81 54 S3 70 20
FENOFIBRATE 79 73 71 68
NOVOLIN R 75 62 72 173
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 75 62 72 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 74 45 74 28
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 74 65 74 64
NITROFURANTOIN 73 73 76 224
CARVEDILOL 72 49 77 54
OLANZAPINE 71 71 78 57
SPIRIVA 70 63 79 43
METRONIDAZOLE 70 65 79 310
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 68 54 81 18
FAMOTIDINE 66 61 82 84
TAMIFLU 65 63 83 217
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 64 55 84 283
GENERLAC 64 46 84 142
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 63 61 86 147
BUPROPION HCL SR 63 45 86 119
FENTANYL 62 39 S2 88 115
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 61 46 R 89 77
CLONIDINE HCL 61 38 89 111
SEROQUEL 59 59 91 102
CEPHALEXIN 59 46 91 153
OXCARBAZEPINE 58 58 93 190
FLUVOXAMINE MALEATE 58 45 93 230
IBUPROFEN 56 36 95 52
METHENAMINE HIPPURATE 56 41 95 237
LIPITOR 56 51 95 63
ABILIFY 54 47 98 95
BACLOFEN 54 0 98 112
LEVOFLOXACIN 53 47 100 103
MUPIROCIN 50 34 101 209
LABETALOL HCL 50 50 101 128
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 Nov. 2, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.