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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,709Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 33 out of 2456

$710K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 100 out of 2456

314 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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 314 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 314 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 18,242 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

$38 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

60 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 1,239 1,230 1 9
FUROSEMIDE 1,004 989 2 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 883 883 3 4
LISINOPRIL 780 780 4 1
TRAZODONE HCL 657 632 5 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 555 545 6 10
GABAPENTIN 443 420 7 16
ATENOLOL 437 437 8 6
OMEPRAZOLE 420 415 9 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 415 415 10 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 375 375 11 5
MIRTAZAPINE 332 313 12 29
LACTULOSE 331 304 13 88
LIDODERM 327 327 14 58
SIMVASTATIN 325 324 15 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 307 307 S3 16 20
RISPERIDONE 256 256 17 50
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 240 240 18 33
SERTRALINE HCL 231 231 19 21
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 227 210 20 51
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 215 200 21 85
PREDNISONE 205 205 22 39
DONEPEZIL HCL 183 171 23 23
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 177 159 24 47
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 172 172 25 82
OLANZAPINE 166 166 26 57
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 156 153 27 12
LANTUS 147 147 28 44
DIGOXIN 147 147 28 49
TRAMADOL HCL 141 136 30 24
RANITIDINE HCL 136 132 31 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 131 131 32 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 130 130 33 7
NAMENDA 130 130 33 42
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 126 126 35 116
ALLOPURINOL 125 125 36 27
GLIPIZIDE 119 119 37 46
METFORMIN HCL 118 118 38 11
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 115 115 39 37
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 108 92 40 64
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 105 105 41 48
TAMSULOSIN HCL 102 102 42 32
PAROXETINE HCL 101 89 43 56
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 97 97 44 19
LEVOFLOXACIN 90 83 45 103
FLUOXETINE HCL 81 67 46 45
BACLOFEN 79 39 47 112
CYANOCOBALAMIN INJECTION 77 77 48 253
ABILIFY 76 76 49 95
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 76 62 49 165
NYSTATIN 75 75 51 99
HALOPERIDOL 73 73 52 137
SEROQUEL 73 71 52 102
GENERLAC 71 71 54 142
CLOPIDOGREL 69 69 55 55
FLOVENT HFA 65 65 56 104
TIMOLOL MALEATE 65 65 56 231
VENLAFAXINE HCL 62 62 58 188
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 62 56 58 30
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 60 59 60 87
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 60 60 60 78
PLAVIX 60 60 60 79
ROPINIROLE HCL 59 59 63 148
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 59 59 63 92
CYMBALTA 58 58 65 65
CALCITONIN-SALMON 57 57 66 249
CHOLESTYRAMINE 57 57 66 300
DIOVAN 52 52 68 26
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 52 52 68 134
FAMOTIDINE 51 40 70 84
KLOR-CON M20 51 51 70 69
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 24, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.