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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,022Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 2456

$1.12M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 29 out of 2456

382 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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

13% of this provider’s 382 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 382 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 19,170 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

58 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 1,596 1,368 1 9
SIMVASTATIN 823 741 2 2
TRAZODONE HCL 760 687 3 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 750 714 4 14
FUROSEMIDE 745 682 5 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 673 598 6 4
OMEPRAZOLE 566 471 7 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 543 488 8 33
DONEPEZIL HCL 515 506 9 23
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 513 490 10 5
LISINOPRIL 508 426 11 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 507 482 12 10
NAMENDA 407 403 13 42
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 402 291 14 51
GABAPENTIN 400 320 15 16
MIRTAZAPINE 321 318 16 29
METFORMIN HCL 301 226 17 11
OLANZAPINE 292 231 18 57
ATENOLOL 262 230 19 6
RISPERIDONE 224 177 20 50
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 220 207 21 13
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 208 183 22 47
LANTUS 200 166 23 44
RANITIDINE HCL 198 167 24 31
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 173 148 25 19
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 172 148 26 48
CLOPIDOGREL 170 153 27 55
FLUOXETINE HCL 152 123 28 45
SERTRALINE HCL 152 135 28 21
TRAMADOL HCL 149 149 30 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 142 136 31 12
LEVETIRACETAM 141 91 32 90
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 141 107 32 37
ALLOPURINOL 140 128 34 27
BUMETANIDE 136 128 35 167
TAMSULOSIN HCL 134 124 36 32
PAROXETINE HCL 134 123 36 56
CARVEDILOL 133 81 38 54
CYMBALTA 132 100 39 65
PREDNISONE 130 118 40 39
LIDODERM 124 115 41 58
HUMALOG 120 99 42 123
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 118 113 43 85
NYSTATIN 111 101 44 99
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 110 93 45 64
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 109 100 46 82
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 101 75 R 47 126
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 99 99 S3 48 20
PLAVIX 94 85 49 79
GLUCAGEN 91 65 50 318
LACTULOSE 88 58 51 88
BACLOFEN 88 42 51 112
BUPROPION HCL SR 87 70 53 119
ROPINIROLE HCL 85 68 54 148
GLIPIZIDE 84 69 55 46
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 83 67 56 15
LEVOFLOXACIN 83 75 56 103
NITROFURANTOIN 81 80 58 224
SPIRIVA 81 77 58 43
NOVOLOG 79 67 60 100
GLYBURIDE 78 74 R 61 40
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 77 77 62 134
SEROQUEL 76 76 63 102
HALOPERIDOL 74 60 64 137
FINASTERIDE 73 73 65 66
ADVAIR DISKUS 73 73 65 36
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 73 42 65 186
SPIRONOLACTONE 70 64 68 73
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 69 59 69 7
HYDRALAZINE HCL 66 49 70 105
HUMULIN N 62 41 71 187
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 61 60 72 113
VESICARE 60 55 73 205
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 60 48 73 140
NOVOLIN R 59 55 75 173
AMANTADINE 58 25 76 379
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 57 55 77 87
BUPROPION HCL 57 52 77 210
RAMIPRIL 56 56 79 158
CEPHALEXIN 55 46 80 153
HYDROXYZINE HCL 54 53 R 81 177
CLONIDINE HCL 54 44 81 111
DETROL LA 54 52 81 228
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 52 52 84 94
LEVEMIR 52 45 84 174
NOVOLIN 70-30 51 51 86 402
LAMOTRIGINE 50 25 87 120
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.