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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,731Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 2456

$1.62M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 2456

271 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
100% 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 271 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 271 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 17,997 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

91 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
CLOZAPINE 1,291 765 1 75
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,140 1,027 2 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 909 706 3 4
OLANZAPINE 677 392 4 57
LISINOPRIL 672 562 5 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 605 488 6 10
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 604 451 7 47
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 601 399 8 64
TRAZODONE HCL 591 458 9 17
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 588 363 10 51
FUROSEMIDE 586 500 11 8
SIMVASTATIN 567 436 12 2
RISPERIDONE 559 324 13 50
OMEPRAZOLE 537 441 14 3
GABAPENTIN 506 337 15 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 492 405 16 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 439 373 17 5
SERTRALINE HCL 420 301 18 21
ENULOSE 386 242 10 19 193
LOVASTATIN 370 270 20 34
GENERLAC 367 230 10 21 142
MIRTAZAPINE 323 287 22 29
RANITIDINE HCL 276 215 23 31
LANTUS 237 136 24 44
METFORMIN HCL 235 190 25 11
GLIPIZIDE 232 203 26 46
TAMSULOSIN HCL 206 119 27 32
LAMOTRIGINE 197 111 28 120
SPIRIVA 182 87 29 43
DONEPEZIL HCL 180 179 30 23
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 176 150 31 82
SEROQUEL 172 136 32 102
NAMENDA 159 159 33 42
CARBAMAZEPINE 157 116 34 155
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 156 139 35 7
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 151 73 R 36 126
NOVOLOG 145 65 37 100
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 138 133 S3 38 20
VENLAFAXINE HCL 136 72 39 188
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 134 64 40 92
ADVAIR DISKUS 133 64 41 36
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 118 79 42 113
ABILIFY 117 86 43 95
LEVOFLOXACIN 116 95 44 103
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 116 96 44 94
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 114 53 46 220
FLUOXETINE HCL 110 23 47 45
PREMARIN 110 83 R 47 354
TRAVATAN Z 105 83 49 290
HALOPERIDOL 104 75 50 137
DIGOXIN 104 100 50 49
PAROXETINE HCL 103 74 52 56
FINASTERIDE 100 76 53 66
BACLOFEN 99 45 54 112
OXCARBAZEPINE 98 74 55 190
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 98 98 55 48
LITHIUM CARBONATE 98 38 55 185
ATENOLOL 97 97 58 6
TOPIRAMATE 97 48 58 162
LIDODERM 94 82 60 58
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 93 64 61 295
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 92 84 62 134
FORTICAL 92 59 62 269
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 90 78 64 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 88 62 65 19
ROPINIROLE HCL 88 72 65 148
CARVEDILOL 87 75 67 54
LACTULOSE 83 77 68 88
AMMONIUM LACTATE 83 61 68 265
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 82 56 70 140
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 81 63 71 131
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 78 36 72 12
KLOR-CON M20 78 57 72 69
CHLORPROMAZINE HCL 76 45 74 274
CLOTRIMAZOLE 75 58 75 332
BUSPIRONE HCL 74 37 76 157
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 73 64 77 87
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 72 50 78 231
FLUPHENAZINE HCL 72 42 78 334
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 72 30 78 178
FLOVENT HFA 70 38 81 104
CYMBALTA 69 55 82 65
CEFUROXIME 69 61 82 244
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 65 41 84 30
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 63 63 85 18
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 61 32 86 37
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 60 47 87 165
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 60 52 87 147
PROPRANOLOL HCL 59 30 89 108
PERPHENAZINE 57 13 90 306
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 56 56 91 33
TIMOLOL MALEATE 54 54 92 231
AMOXICILLIN 54 34 92 191
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 53 40 94 70
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 53 43 94 116
HUMALOG 52 36 96 123
OXYCODONE HCL 52 43 S2 96 38
TRANSDERM-SCOP 50 38 98 397
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.