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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,475Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 441 out of 1006

$416K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 310 out of 1006

325 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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 Connecticut
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 325 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 4,105 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$93 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $71 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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 Connecticut
SIMVASTATIN 207 196 1 1
SPIRIVA 154 143 2 48
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 148 141 3 11
LISINOPRIL 139 136 4 3
ADVAIR DISKUS 135 113 5 37
FUROSEMIDE 117 103 6 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 114 106 7 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 108 102 8 4
ATENOLOL 101 94 9 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 100 82 10 2
PREDNISONE 90 80 11 33
SINGULAIR 80 60 12 82
PROAIR HFA 74 58 13 64
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 70 66 14 7
OMEPRAZOLE 69 62 15 9
CARVEDILOL 60 57 16 36
MIRTAZAPINE 56 56 17 26
COMBIVENT 56 45 17 200
NAMENDA 54 54 19 34
GLIPIZIDE 54 54 19 69
SYMBICORT 54 44 19 147
KLOR-CON M20 53 53 22 70
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 52 50 23 30
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 51 46 24 29
WARFARIN SODIUM 51 51 24 8
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 Feb. 26, 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.