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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,400Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 56 out of 2456

$848K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 68 out of 2456

447 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
72% 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

10% of this provider’s 447 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 447 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 13,086 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$55 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
SIMVASTATIN 681 572 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 633 564 2 4
LISINOPRIL 627 555 3 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 575 573 4 9
FUROSEMIDE 396 374 5 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 386 332 6 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 365 339 7 5
TRAZODONE HCL 353 301 8 17
OMEPRAZOLE 351 279 9 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 329 285 10 14
GABAPENTIN 310 258 11 16
ATENOLOL 281 279 12 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 264 229 13 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 222 190 14 7
METFORMIN HCL 222 168 14 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 211 165 16 28
TRAMADOL HCL 195 168 17 24
RISPERIDONE 190 153 18 50
MIRTAZAPINE 188 175 19 29
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 177 177 20 33
DONEPEZIL HCL 174 162 21 23
SERTRALINE HCL 146 105 22 21
OLANZAPINE 140 126 23 57
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 136 132 24 37
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 133 110 25 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 127 127 26 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 124 115 27 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 122 95 28 19
NAMENDA 119 109 29 42
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 118 106 30 48
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 117 70 31 30
KLOR-CON M20 105 93 32 69
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 103 58 S3 33 20
CYMBALTA 103 92 33 65
LANTUS 102 94 35 44
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 90 74 36 116
FAMOTIDINE 89 83 37 84
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 88 69 38 41
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 88 88 38 82
FENOFIBRATE 86 80 40 68
DIGOXIN 85 85 41 49
ALLOPURINOL 85 85 41 27
LIDODERM 85 61 41 58
ADVAIR DISKUS 83 59 44 36
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 78 50 45 92
CLOZAPINE 75 75 46 75
TAMSULOSIN HCL 74 65 47 32
ABILIFY 73 48 48 95
AZITHROMYCIN 70 65 49 60
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 67 40 50 47
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 66 57 51 94
LEVETIRACETAM 64 63 52 90
PAROXETINE HCL 62 60 53 56
RANITIDINE HCL 59 44 54 31
CARVEDILOL 59 59 54 54
LAMOTRIGINE 59 24 54 120
LEVOFLOXACIN 58 51 57 103
PREDNISONE 57 55 58 39
MELOXICAM 55 33 59 121
CRESTOR 55 38 59 25
NEXIUM 54 41 61 80
OXYCODONE HCL 54 22 S2 61 38
HEPARIN SODIUM 54 54 61 256
LIPITOR 54 46 61 63
NYSTOP 54 45 61 125
FINASTERIDE 53 53 66 66
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 52 48 67 51
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 52 51 67 85
CLOPIDOGREL 51 46 69 55
DIOVAN 50 46 70 26
SYNTHROID 50 47 70 118
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.