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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,387Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 47 out of 609

$848K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 41 out of 609

517 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
64% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,295 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

53% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 36%.

Prescription Price

$133 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $117 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 478 370 1 7
JANUVIA 366 350 2 34
METFORMIN HCL ER 355 308 3 115
METFORMIN HCL 325 244 4 10
JANUMET 303 263 5 119
NATEGLINIDE 271 250 10 6 172
GLIMEPIRIDE 247 238 7 53
HUMALOG 239 170 8 117
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 228 211 9 122
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 222 192 10 63
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 213 168 11 167
PEN NEEDLE 189 163 12 79
SYNTHROID 161 146 13 65
SIMVASTATIN 160 122 14 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 145 137 15 6
METHIMAZOLE 143 90 16 245
NOVOLOG 108 62 17 156
INSULIN SYRINGE 102 74 18 140
ACTOS 93 64 19 145
RAMIPRIL 90 72 20 46
PRANDIN 87 80 21 181
LEVEMIR 77 52 22 280
LEVOXYL 76 48 23 176
LANTUS 68 57 24 82
GLIPIZIDE 54 49 25 169
SENSIPAR 54 54 25 153
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. 4, 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.