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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,738Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 193 out of 1006

$691K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 106 out of 1006

321 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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 Connecticut
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 321 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 7,109 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$89 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $71 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 Connecticut
SIMVASTATIN 412 391 1 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 333 315 2 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 300 282 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 255 242 4 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 228 218 5 4
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 165 165 6 27
TRAZODONE HCL 165 134 6 21
FUROSEMIDE 147 134 8 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 142 130 9 17
SERTRALINE HCL 139 131 10 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 128 101 11 24
METFORMIN HCL 125 121 12 10
MIRTAZAPINE 119 119 13 26
NAMENDA 118 107 14 34
LISINOPRIL 106 105 15 3
ATENOLOL 104 90 16 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 101 88 17 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 100 95 18 12
OMEPRAZOLE 98 97 19 9
LEVETIRACETAM 91 91 20 72
DIOVAN 87 87 21 16
CYMBALTA 83 83 22 41
OLANZAPINE 81 68 23 68
LIPITOR 80 78 24 47
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 79 78 25 11
AGGRENOX 78 78 26 203
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 77 77 27 7
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 75 74 28 73
ABILIFY 69 53 29 102
LIDODERM 67 63 30 66
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 54 31 38
ALLOPURINOL 63 63 32 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 61 48 33 23
LANTUS 59 59 34 43
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 56 55 35 75
LEXAPRO 54 54 36 103
CARVEDILOL 53 53 37 36
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 52 48 38 53
ACTOS 52 52 38 89
CLOPIDOGREL 50 49 40 46
DIGOXIN 50 50 40 52
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.