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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,894Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 64 out of 5176

$1.34M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 135 out of 5176

621 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
64%Patients 65 Years and Older
83% 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 York
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 621 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

30% of this provider’s 621 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 15,548 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 30%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 York
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 955 556 S3 1 27
FUROSEMIDE 819 585 2 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 801 681 3 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 772 607 4 4
SIMVASTATIN 717 480 5 1
LISINOPRIL 695 373 6 5
OMEPRAZOLE 631 431 7 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 600 431 8 2
GABAPENTIN 501 315 9 21
CARVEDILOL 461 303 10 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 456 332 11 34
METFORMIN HCL 432 245 12 7
NEXIUM 360 235 13 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 354 239 14 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 293 157 15 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 262 187 16 6
LANTUS 245 162 17 66
MIRTAZAPINE 244 219 18 45
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 241 133 19 17
TRAMADOL HCL 233 150 20 40
ALLOPURINOL 214 135 21 41
NAMENDA 213 213 22 47
CITALOPRAM HBR 212 144 23 31
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 205 148 24 9
ATENOLOL 190 111 25 12
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 184 136 26 74
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 177 127 27 44
FLUOXETINE HCL 174 99 28 132
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 173 116 29 23
SERTRALINE HCL 172 114 30 30
KLOR-CON M20 170 90 31 129
ADVAIR DISKUS 158 103 32 32
MELOXICAM 155 97 33 53
CLOPIDOGREL 142 106 34 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 140 104 35 61
TRAZODONE HCL 137 65 36 71
LYRICA 135 89 37 133
LACTULOSE 132 114 38 87
DIOVAN 128 88 39 19
RANITIDINE HCL 126 49 40 36
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 125 63 S2 41 101
AZITHROMYCIN 122 69 42 42
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 120 89 43 84
EXELON 120 113 43 162
NOVOLOG 114 92 45 168
CYMBALTA 113 80 46 90
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 113 84 46 181
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 87 48 49
DIGOXIN 109 98 49 56
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 108 102 50 138
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 107 67 51 14
PLAVIX 107 76 51 29
CRESTOR 105 74 53 15
LIDODERM 104 83 54 59
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 103 23 R 55 143
LEVOFLOXACIN 101 88 56 109
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 98 85 57 18
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 98 82 57 547
TAMSULOSIN HCL 96 75 59 20
VENTOLIN HFA 88 27 60 64
CLONIDINE HCL 88 71 60 79
FAMOTIDINE 87 58 62 58
CARISOPRODOL 87 31 R 62 315
PREDNISONE 86 62 64 52
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 86 66 64 86
PROAIR HFA 84 42 66 60
NAPROXEN 84 64 66 95
METFORMIN HCL ER 81 68 68 57
ROPINIROLE HCL 81 59 68 208
BYSTOLIC 79 75 70 96
NIFEDIPINE ER 78 47 71 48
FENTANYL 77 75 S2 72 172
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 77 67 72 75
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 76 52 74 70
LIPITOR 73 47 75 51
DONEPEZIL HCL 72 70 76 28
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 70 61 77 350
SPIRIVA 69 43 78 54
SINGULAIR 68 30 79 62
IBUPROFEN 68 13 79 72
TRICOR 65 49 81 148
BUMETANIDE 65 54 81 209
HYDRALAZINE HCL 63 27 83 73
RESTASIS 63 55 83 353
INSULIN SYRINGE 63 35 83 137
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 61 22 86 232
PROMETHAZINE HCL 61 36 R 86 221
GLYBURIDE 61 41 R 86 67
RISPERIDONE 60 56 89 78
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 60 24 89 38
MECLIZINE HCL 60 57 89 81
AMOXICILLIN 58 35 92 163
LEVEMIR 58 25 92 252
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 58 25 S2 92 301
COMBIVENT 56 24 95 156
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 53 50 96 200
GEODON 53 48 96 702
CILOSTAZOL 52 52 98 206
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 52 52 98 103
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 51 28 100 176
SPIRONOLACTONE 51 19 100 88
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 April 9, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.