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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,691Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 978

$958K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 978

509 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
84% 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

7% of this provider’s 509 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 509 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 19,505 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

43 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
FUROSEMIDE 1,321 1,267 1 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,116 1,091 2 11
SIMVASTATIN 822 710 3 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 819 749 4 4
TRAZODONE HCL 818 778 5 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 674 612 6 10
LISINOPRIL 622 585 7 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 603 573 8 14
GABAPENTIN 495 433 9 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 458 427 10 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 449 440 11 26
OMEPRAZOLE 435 337 12 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 422 416 13 41
MIRTAZAPINE 356 345 14 31
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 323 292 15 5
ATENOLOL 315 294 16 8
METFORMIN HCL 299 248 17 7
NAMENDA 258 258 18 45
SERTRALINE HCL 245 220 19 21
RANITIDINE HCL 220 176 20 27
TRAMADOL HCL 211 205 21 24
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 199 190 22 58
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 191 188 23 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 189 157 24 20
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 184 159 25 56
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 181 150 S3 26 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 176 154 27 12
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 176 156 27 51
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 168 157 29 16
GLIPIZIDE 165 159 30 50
SPIRIVA 152 141 31 37
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 143 140 32 39
CLOPIDOGREL 137 111 33 61
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 131 131 34 81
LOVASTATIN 128 114 35 29
METOLAZONE 125 125 36 227
RISPERIDONE 120 99 37 49
PREDNISONE 119 100 38 47
DIGOXIN 118 114 39 54
TAMSULOSIN HCL 118 115 39 33
GLYBURIDE 114 103 R 41 44
ALLOPURINOL 111 105 42 34
LIDODERM 109 106 43 65
LATANOPROST 109 109 43 163
CARVEDILOL 106 103 45 55
PLAVIX 105 86 46 96
ADVAIR DISKUS 104 91 47 35
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 101 79 48 57
LEVOFLOXACIN 93 87 49 98
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 92 47 S2 50 25
PROAIR HFA 90 70 51 19
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 90 90 51 111
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 89 31 R 53 62
CYMBALTA 88 85 54 60
NOVOLOG 83 78 55 121
PAROXETINE HCL 82 82 56 52
LANTUS 81 73 57 40
HYDRALAZINE HCL 76 76 58 139
DIOVAN 74 68 59 43
VERAPAMIL ER 73 73 60 88
NYSTATIN 69 62 61 126
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 66 48 62 28
NOVOLIN R 66 66 62 192
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 65 39 64 169
FLUOXETINE HCL 65 52 64 42
RAMIPRIL 65 65 64 204
SEROQUEL 63 60 67 113
KLOR-CON 10 62 51 68 155
KLOR-CON M10 60 60 69 183
SPIRONOLACTONE 60 35 69 87
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 60 58 69 101
COLCRYS 60 60 69 215
CEFTRIAXONE 59 54 73 260
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 58 58 74 262
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 56 49 75 222
IBUPROFEN 55 21 76 38
ABILIFY 55 51 76 106
SYMBICORT 54 47 78 140
OLANZAPINE 53 53 79 75
LEVETIRACETAM 53 44 79 93
PROPRANOLOL HCL 53 40 79 114
LAMOTRIGINE 52 40 82 127
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 52 52 82 69
FINASTERIDE 52 49 82 72
CLONIDINE HCL 51 42 85 119
LABETALOL HCL 51 46 85 142
JANUVIA 50 50 87 82
CEPHALEXIN 50 49 87 131
CELEBREX 50 50 87 94
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. 20, 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.