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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,296Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 212 out of 2456

$436K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 295 out of 2456

241 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98%Patients 65 Years and Older
99% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 241 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 9,179 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

36% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 508 505 1 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 502 496 2 28
SIMVASTATIN 488 474 3 2
LISINOPRIL 461 459 4 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 384 384 5 7
OMEPRAZOLE 361 361 6 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 340 340 7 13
ATENOLOL 335 335 8 6
METFORMIN HCL 311 300 9 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 304 304 10 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 253 253 11 4
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 243 243 12 37
LIPITOR 239 237 13 63
DIOVAN 234 234 14 26
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 214 214 15 18
LIDODERM 185 182 16 58
GLIPIZIDE 182 182 17 46
NEXIUM 179 179 18 80
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 175 175 19 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 152 152 20 19
DIOVAN HCT 117 117 21 139
GLYBURIDE 99 99 R 22 40
CRESTOR 99 99 22 25
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 85 85 24 30
FUROSEMIDE 79 79 25 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 77 77 26 33
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 73 73 27 113
ALLOPURINOL 72 72 28 27
MECLIZINE HCL 67 64 29 107
AZITHROMYCIN 62 57 30 60
WARFARIN SODIUM 61 61 31 9
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 59 59 32 48
NITROSTAT 59 59 32 169
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 56 56 34 70
NIFEDIPINE ER 54 54 35 61
PROAIR HFA 53 53 36 22
RANITIDINE HCL 51 51 37 31
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 51 37 41
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.