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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,586Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 47 out of 2094

$1.03M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 87 out of 2094

333 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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 New Jersey
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 333 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 12,491 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 32%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

50 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 658 484 1 11
SIMVASTATIN 616 461 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 573 480 3 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 443 378 4 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 442 361 5 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 377 326 6 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 360 303 7 20
NAMENDA 282 257 8 32
FAMOTIDINE 278 195 9 34
LISINOPRIL 275 221 10 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 226 185 11 24
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 224 198 12 90
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 224 173 12 71
GABAPENTIN 207 108 14 23
MIRTAZAPINE 203 191 15 43
TAMSULOSIN HCL 202 162 16 29
LACTULOSE 201 120 17 65
BUSPIRONE HCL 191 169 18 159
OMEPRAZOLE 187 146 19 4
CLOPIDOGREL 184 148 20 22
CARVEDILOL 184 151 20 19
LEVETIRACETAM 182 129 22 78
LANTUS 176 135 23 66
RISPERIDONE 168 74 24 56
METFORMIN HCL 163 120 25 8
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 155 135 S2 26 40
JANUVIA 152 104 27 35
SERTRALINE HCL 146 105 28 26
FINASTERIDE 138 102 29 97
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 135 108 30 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 135 111 30 9
DIOVAN 135 88 30 13
PLAVIX 134 113 33 38
DIGOXIN 133 130 34 51
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 132 111 35 46
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 124 63 36 69
SANTYL 120 105 37 114
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 116 100 38 37
FENTANYL 115 96 S2 39 68
OLANZAPINE 111 82 40 113
PAROXETINE HCL 108 96 41 77
CITALOPRAM HBR 105 64 42 47
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 103 73 43 92
NYSTATIN 97 80 44 167
TRAMADOL HCL 97 40 44 33
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 97 77 44 102
LEVOFLOXACIN 96 74 47 70
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 94 72 48 14
LIDODERM 94 62 48 59
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 93 82 50 173
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 89 89 51 101
GLIPIZIDE 88 75 52 82
PREDNISONE 87 59 53 54
ALLOPURINOL 86 86 54 50
BACLOFEN 83 24 55 166
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 83 70 55 17
SEROQUEL 76 62 57 172
KLOR-CON M20 75 66 58 106
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 75 46 58 107
GLIMEPIRIDE 74 56 60 31
NOVOLOG 72 55 61 116
SSD 70 58 62 329
CYMBALTA 70 54 62 61
ATENOLOL 69 62 64 21
IBUPROFEN 66 22 65 73
PROCRIT 65 64 66 271
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 65 36 66 182
MUPIROCIN 64 22 68 117
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 64 0 S2 68 225
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 62 45 R 70 157
TRICOR 60 43 71 99
CLONIDINE HCL 60 47 71 62
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 59 53 73 169
AZITHROMYCIN 59 52 73 27
PRANDIN 58 46 75 125
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 57 24 76 179
TRAZODONE HCL 56 34 77 72
EXELON 54 54 78 111
OXCARBAZEPINE 51 51 79 257
NEXIUM 50 32 80 16
LOPERAMIDE 50 38 80 291
DILTIAZEM HCL 50 48 80 292
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.