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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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31,431Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 5176

$2.75M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 5176

459 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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

8% of this provider’s 459 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 459 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 29,274 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

54% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 30%.

Prescription Price

$88 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

68 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
NEXIUM 1,209 1,145 1 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 1,159 1,111 2 11
CRESTOR 1,092 1,052 3 15
SYNTHROID 797 740 4 33
PLAVIX 686 660 5 29
FUROSEMIDE 682 645 6 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 659 629 7 2
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 605 596 8 17
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 521 521 9 44
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 516 437 10 6
TAMSULOSIN HCL 460 456 11 20
CREON 436 405 12 111
DIOVAN HCT 428 396 13 39
DIOVAN 401 369 14 19
ALLOPURINOL 385 356 15 41
DEXILANT 383 345 16 118
JANUMET 382 366 17 77
LIPITOR 372 337 18 51
METFORMIN HCL 366 299 19 7
SIMVASTATIN 362 356 20 1
OMEPRAZOLE 360 296 21 3
BENICAR 360 346 21 100
BENICAR HCT 352 317 23 110
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 343 321 24 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 325 319 25 9
CLOPIDOGREL 325 310 25 26
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 310 295 27 35
NIFEDIPINE ER 295 282 28 48
LOVAZA 278 254 29 43
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 274 240 30 23
LIDODERM 256 235 31 59
VOLTAREN 254 237 32 97
ATENOLOL 251 230 33 12
CLONIDINE HCL 250 245 34 79
TRAMADOL HCL 240 233 35 40
CARVEDILOL 238 233 36 24
SINGULAIR 222 195 37 62
RANITIDINE HCL 220 218 38 36
CELEBREX 216 198 39 80
FINASTERIDE 211 210 40 69
COUMADIN 208 208 41 112
LANSOPRAZOLE 203 189 42 113
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 201 170 43 176
ALCOHOL SWABS 200 177 44 115
ADVAIR DISKUS 196 166 45 32
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 193 182 46 149
GLIMEPIRIDE 180 166 47 37
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 178 171 48 89
NAMENDA 178 178 48 47
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 175 170 50 34
MELOXICAM 175 169 50 53
GLYBURIDE 163 152 R 52 67
JANUVIA 163 158 52 25
PROCTOZONE-HC 160 153 54 171
AVODART 159 159 55 107
ONGLYZA 157 139 56 153
AMMONIUM LACTATE 151 148 57 91
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 150 150 58 10
LEXAPRO 149 141 59 193
AZITHROMYCIN 142 124 60 42
MIRTAZAPINE 138 123 61 45
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 138 112 61 38
LISINOPRIL 135 132 63 5
ATELVIA 135 126 63 146
IBUPROFEN 134 119 65 72
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 129 113 66 18
SOLARAZE 127 125 67 157
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 122 121 68 119
CYMBALTA 117 115 69 90
LIDOCAINE 112 107 70 179
ENABLEX 112 112 70 284
GABAPENTIN 111 96 72 21
TRAZODONE HCL 107 107 73 71
SERTRALINE HCL 106 86 74 30
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 106 80 74 22
GLIPIZIDE 106 101 74 63
LYRICA 106 95 74 133
PROAIR HFA 104 72 78 60
RANEXA 103 86 79 167
NITROSTAT 102 102 80 205
MICARDIS HCT 99 99 81 180
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 99 99 81 186
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 95 84 83 94
PRANDIN 95 91 83 150
TRICOR 95 92 83 148
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 93 71 86 4
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 90 90 87 103
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 89 78 88 84
LABETALOL HCL 86 86 89 114
MECLIZINE HCL 86 86 89 81
PRADAXA 84 82 91 192
CITALOPRAM HBR 83 67 92 31
FAMOTIDINE 82 52 93 58
HYDRALAZINE HCL 82 78 93 73
AGGRENOX 82 78 93 235
BYSTOLIC 81 81 96 96
FENTANYL 81 54 S2 96 172
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 80 75 98 55
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 79 73 99 61
KOMBIGLYZE XR 77 77 100 291
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 77 75 R 100 76
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 77 67 100 130
DONEPEZIL HCL 75 74 103 28
TOPROL XL 74 71 104 227
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 73 55 S3 105 127
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 72 45 S3 106 27
LOPERAMIDE 71 64 107 329
CLOTRIMAZOLE 70 69 108 296
SINGLE USE SWAB 70 45 108 108
TORSEMIDE 69 69 110 184
KLOR-CON 10 68 68 111 225
MICARDIS 67 67 112 154
SPIRONOLACTONE 66 64 113 88
CLONIDINE 66 66 113 295
NASONEX 65 60 115 178
TRIBENZOR 64 61 116 276
METFORMIN HCL ER 63 51 117 57
KETOCONAZOLE 62 60 118 233
COMBIVENT 62 62 118 156
RAMIPRIL 62 61 118 50
SPIRIVA 61 49 121 54
DOXEPIN HCL 60 49 122 354
LUNESTA 60 47 122 242
ACTOS 58 58 124 85
LACTULOSE 57 53 125 87
HYDROCORTISONE 57 54 125 265
ACTONEL 55 55 127 134
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 54 49 128 260
PROPRANOLOL HCL 53 46 129 199
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 53 53 129 200
DIGOXIN 53 50 129 56
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 52 52 132 161
BONIVA 51 49 133 236
DICYCLOMINE HCL 51 35 133 224
VENTOLIN HFA 50 45 135 64
METHIMAZOLE 50 30 135 331
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 8, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.