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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,738Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 181

$1.17M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 181

793 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
65%Patients 65 Years and Older
59% 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

1% of this provider’s 793 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 5,596 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

45% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 43%.

Prescription Price

$134 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $106 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


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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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 692 399 1 1
METFORMIN HCL 564 323 2 2
METFORMIN HCL ER 391 242 3 13
SYNTHROID 363 268 4 12
INSULIN SYRINGE 353 197 5 4
LISINOPRIL 320 188 6 5
GLIPIZIDE ER 314 254 7 33
PEN NEEDLE 288 204 8 7
SIMVASTATIN 268 188 9 3
ACTOS 258 153 10 40
NOVOLOG 221 82 11 24
HUMALOG 209 134 12 9
GLIPIZIDE XL 203 125 13 55
LEVOXYL 176 104 14 8
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 157 99 15 39
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 154 99 16 37
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 153 85 R 17 63
JANUVIA 142 114 18 15
LEVEMIR 138 80 19 58
CRESTOR 135 82 20 35
LANTUS 131 80 21 6
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 129 98 22 25
GABAPENTIN 116 83 23 31
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 113 84 24 30
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 107 79 25 10
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 100 81 26 73
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 92 48 27 47
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 92 69 27 20
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 77 43 R 29 66
ZETIA 75 61 30 56
BYETTA 71 56 31 49
GLYBURIDE 70 66 R 32 34
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 70 43 32 19
GLIMEPIRIDE 57 47 34 21
HUMALOG MIX 50-50 56 22 35 131
FENOFIBRATE 55 36 36 50
RAMIPRIL 54 42 37 110
HUMULIN R 53 20 38 61
BROMOCRIPTINE MESYLATE 51 0 39 176
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 50 50 40 74
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 Feb. 25, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.