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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,490Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 36 out of 2456

$896K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 57 out of 2456

541 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
80% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 541 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 541 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 17,650 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,381 1,381 1 9
FUROSEMIDE 803 789 2 8
SIMVASTATIN 764 737 3 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 696 653 4 4
LISINOPRIL 636 611 5 1
OMEPRAZOLE 592 566 6 3
MIRTAZAPINE 497 497 7 29
TRAZODONE HCL 474 460 8 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 468 458 9 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 446 431 10 5
GABAPENTIN 376 376 11 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 358 358 12 23
ATENOLOL 328 317 13 6
NAMENDA 311 311 14 42
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 257 237 15 33
CITALOPRAM HBR 251 249 16 14
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 234 207 17 51
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 203 188 18 13
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 201 191 19 47
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 185 179 20 12
OLANZAPINE 174 166 21 57
SERTRALINE HCL 173 152 22 21
GENERLAC 163 163 23 142
TAMSULOSIN HCL 159 159 24 32
LIDODERM 158 156 25 58
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 153 149 26 7
DIGOXIN 153 142 26 49
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 149 148 S3 28 20
TRAMADOL HCL 134 133 29 24
RISPERIDONE 127 110 30 50
KLOR-CON M20 119 119 31 69
FLUOXETINE HCL 115 113 32 45
SPIRONOLACTONE 113 107 33 73
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 103 103 34 48
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 98 98 35 82
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 96 93 36 64
PREDNISONE 95 89 37 39
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 94 94 38 18
NYSTOP 92 91 39 125
ADVAIR DISKUS 91 78 40 36
BUPROPION HCL 88 77 41 210
LEVOFLOXACIN 88 88 41 103
CYMBALTA 86 86 43 65
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 84 81 44 87
LANTUS 83 79 45 44
METFORMIN HCL 83 78 45 11
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 80 78 47 78
LACTULOSE 77 75 48 88
ALLOPURINOL 77 77 48 27
BUPROPION HCL SR 77 56 48 119
DIOVAN 75 75 51 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 74 70 52 37
ABILIFY 70 70 53 95
SEROQUEL 69 68 54 102
RANITIDINE HCL 68 66 55 31
PAROXETINE HCL 67 67 56 56
GLIPIZIDE 66 65 57 46
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 64 43 58 30
LEVETIRACETAM 63 53 59 90
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 63 49 S2 59 35
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 59 59 61 116
AGGRENOX 58 58 62 246
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 57 57 63 92
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 56 55 64 85
FONDAPARINUX SODIUM 56 56 64 385
NOVOLOG 55 55 66 100
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 53 52 67 15
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 52 52 68 147
FENTANYL 52 52 S2 68 115
NYSTATIN 51 50 70 99
TAMIFLU 51 49 70 217
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.