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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,844Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 586 out of 2094

$452K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 576 out of 2094

142 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
57%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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
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this specialty
in New Jersey
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 142 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 142 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 3,453 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

35% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 32%.

Prescription Price

$77 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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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
OMEPRAZOLE 293 169 1 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 190 132 2 2
METFORMIN HCL 172 94 3 8
CRESTOR 150 117 4 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 148 91 5 3
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 104 52 6 41
SIMVASTATIN 103 53 7 1
FUROSEMIDE 96 53 8 6
NEXIUM 92 63 9 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 85 57 10 17
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 82 31 11 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 82 38 11 9
DIOVAN 69 65 13 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 68 44 14 24
TRAMADOL HCL 67 57 15 33
ADVAIR DISKUS 67 19 15 36
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 63 56 17 30
NAMENDA 56 56 18 32
MECLIZINE HCL 54 40 19 103
GABAPENTIN 53 34 20 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 53 33 20 5
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 52 29 22 75
GLIPIZIDE XL 51 26 23 122
JANUVIA 51 31 23 35
VENTOLIN HFA 50 16 25 132
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 Jan. 4, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.