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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,169Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 2456

$1.01M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 35 out of 2456

638 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
48% 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

22% of this provider’s 638 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 638 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 17,240 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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
SIMVASTATIN 748 637 1 2
LISINOPRIL 746 608 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 651 561 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 644 585 4 4
FUROSEMIDE 625 556 5 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 597 526 6 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 473 419 7 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 465 414 8 7
METFORMIN HCL 446 385 9 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 407 343 10 9
ATENOLOL 406 316 11 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 395 337 12 14
GABAPENTIN 382 275 13 16
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 365 244 S2 14 35
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 361 341 15 10
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 333 266 16 41
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 322 232 17 37
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 312 266 18 18
TRAZODONE HCL 308 256 19 17
OXYCODONE HCL 291 169 S2 20 38
ALLOPURINOL 273 253 21 27
DONEPEZIL HCL 272 260 22 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 265 242 23 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 258 215 24 33
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 254 196 S3 25 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 249 215 26 12
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 223 223 27 48
ADVAIR DISKUS 209 169 28 36
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 192 147 29 28
GLYBURIDE 182 165 R 30 40
RANITIDINE HCL 173 131 31 31
SERTRALINE HCL 169 114 32 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 160 139 33 19
MIRTAZAPINE 147 122 34 29
PREDNISONE 140 133 35 39
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 139 109 36 30
FAMOTIDINE 138 101 37 84
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 138 125 37 78
CLOPIDOGREL 130 127 39 55
SPIRIVA 127 98 40 43
NAMENDA 106 106 41 42
DIGOXIN 105 104 42 49
AZITHROMYCIN 104 80 43 60
TAMSULOSIN HCL 102 94 44 32
TRAMADOL HCL 102 83 44 24
CYMBALTA 102 40 44 65
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 101 37 S2 47 101
PLAVIX 98 98 48 79
HYDRALAZINE HCL 95 88 49 105
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 94 72 50 87
FINASTERIDE 94 90 50 66
PROAIR HFA 91 41 52 22
PEN NEEDLE 88 57 53 150
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 86 49 R 54 77
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 85 33 R 55 83
VERAPAMIL ER 85 79 55 91
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 84 0 S2 57 98
ALPRAZOLAM 82 62 58 141
CARVEDILOL 81 49 59 54
PAROXETINE HCL 77 41 60 56
CLONAZEPAM 77 71 60 280
NADOLOL 76 36 62 339
CRESTOR 76 67 62 25
SPIRONOLACTONE 70 62 64 73
GLIPIZIDE 70 47 64 46
JANUVIA 68 47 66 81
CEPHALEXIN 68 56 66 153
IBUPROFEN 68 41 66 52
DILTIAZEM ER 68 68 66 198
KETOCONAZOLE 67 60 70 221
BUPROPION HCL SR 67 34 70 119
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 67 57 70 233
KLOR-CON M20 67 59 70 69
METHOCARBAMOL 65 52 R 74 321
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 65 57 74 166
SINGULAIR 65 57 74 149
DIOVAN 65 59 74 26
KLOR-CON 10 63 59 78 133
LORAZEPAM 62 55 79 67
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 62 61 79 51
SYMBICORT 61 53 81 138
BUMETANIDE 60 60 82 167
INSULIN SYRINGE 58 38 83 72
OXYCONTIN 58 25 S2 83 129
LANTUS 57 39 85 44
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 56 34 86 279
OXAZEPAM 56 56 10 86 464
AMOXICILLIN 56 45 86 191
GEMFIBROZIL 55 44 89 93
PROMETHAZINE HCL 55 26 R 89 468
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 54 38 91 64
CELEBREX 52 43 92 127
ZOSTAVAX 52 48 92 122
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 51 30 94 136
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 39 94 117
NAPROXEN 50 46 96 109
MECLIZINE HCL 50 42 96 107
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 50 46 96 216
LEVOFLOXACIN 50 40 96 103
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 Sept. 22, 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.