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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,280Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 274 out of 2456

$299K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 623 out of 2456

462 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
23% 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

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 7,072 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

$36 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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
LISINOPRIL 698 629 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 696 616 2 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 549 513 3 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 479 383 4 4
ATENOLOL 463 399 5 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 356 336 6 5
OMEPRAZOLE 296 178 7 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 258 250 8 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 196 181 9 18
METFORMIN HCL 143 115 10 11
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 139 115 11 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 139 113 11 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 120 94 13 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 115 96 14 9
SERTRALINE HCL 114 100 15 21
DIOVAN 113 105 16 26
VERAPAMIL ER 97 97 17 91
LEVOXYL 89 89 18 97
FUROSEMIDE 88 88 19 8
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 86 86 20 53
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 78 75 21 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 76 76 22 14
LIPITOR 74 74 23 63
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 69 54 24 30
DONEPEZIL HCL 66 66 25 23
GLYBURIDE 59 46 R 26 40
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 58 36 27 37
DIGOXIN 56 56 28 49
RANITIDINE HCL 53 38 29 31
ALLOPURINOL 52 52 30 27
PREDNISONE 52 52 30 39
METFORMIN HCL ER 50 49 32 59
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 Dec. 8, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.