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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,392Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 122

$715K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 122

543 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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 Vermont
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 543 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 543 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 11,670 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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 Vermont
SIMVASTATIN 585 519 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 523 485 2 4
LISINOPRIL 413 366 3 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 358 333 4 8
GLIMEPIRIDE 340 261 5 51
OMEPRAZOLE 339 306 6 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 306 262 7 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 300 293 8 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 296 293 9 6
FUROSEMIDE 276 261 10 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 250 244 11 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 215 106 S3 12 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 192 186 13 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 179 154 14 9
METFORMIN HCL 174 130 15 14
OXYCODONE HCL 171 65 S2 16 30
NEXIUM 158 158 17 32
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 150 144 18 59
CITALOPRAM HBR 145 145 19 15
TRAMADOL HCL 145 114 19 20
PAROXETINE HCL 136 97 21 69
SERTRALINE HCL 135 121 22 18
CRESTOR 131 120 23 37
DONEPEZIL HCL 123 123 24 25
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 121 47 S2 25 41
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 121 88 25 43
PREDNISONE 120 94 27 24
CLOPIDOGREL 111 103 28 45
GABAPENTIN 111 97 28 12
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 111 98 28 66
CELEBREX 110 96 31 52
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 104 100 32 22
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 104 101 32 17
LANTUS 98 98 34 36
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 98 98 34 27
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 98 91 34 139
ADVAIR DISKUS 97 71 37 34
DIOVAN 91 88 38 40
ATENOLOL 90 90 39 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 88 84 40 23
SPIRONOLACTONE 87 63 41 63
FAMOTIDINE 86 73 42 58
KLOR-CON M20 84 66 43 67
PLAVIX 80 76 44 81
RAMIPRIL 80 80 44 103
COMBIVENT 80 62 44 60
SPIRIVA 78 58 47 29
TRAZODONE HCL 78 71 47 21
VERAPAMIL ER 73 70 49 95
LANSOPRAZOLE 72 49 50 97
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 72 60 50 44
DIGOXIN 70 57 52 74
PROAIR HFA 69 49 53 31
ACTOS 68 66 54 92
LOVASTATIN 67 55 55 28
CEPHALEXIN 66 59 56 109
LIPITOR 65 65 57 82
ALLOPURINOL 64 59 58 33
CEFUROXIME 61 52 59 125
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 60 21 60 49
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 60 53 60 89
TERAZOSIN HCL 58 58 62 128
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 58 58 62 55
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 57 57 64 54
SYNTHROID 57 57 64 86
DIOVAN HCT 57 57 64 118
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 56 51 67 133
LEXAPRO 55 52 68 160
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 52 68 49
NAMENDA 51 51 70 65
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 50 40 71 75
ZETIA 50 46 71 84
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 Nov. 24, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.