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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,573Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 978

$888K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 978

659 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
63%Patients 65 Years and Older
68% 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

5% of this provider’s 659 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 659 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 13,368 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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 1,132 736 1 2
LISINOPRIL 1,036 657 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 857 459 3 3
METFORMIN HCL 757 483 4 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 665 546 5 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 503 330 6 16
FUROSEMIDE 484 362 7 9
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 471 359 8 36
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 403 257 9 4
ATENOLOL 396 322 10 8
CRESTOR 373 239 11 30
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 367 260 12 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 366 281 13 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 355 227 14 14
SERTRALINE HCL 345 184 15 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 339 289 16 12
GLIMEPIRIDE 305 165 17 63
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 273 201 18 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 257 194 19 22
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 236 195 20 39
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 214 138 S3 21 17
RANITIDINE HCL 211 108 22 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 198 165 23 33
TRAZODONE HCL 185 145 24 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 171 131 25 5
TRAMADOL HCL 162 81 26 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 159 101 27 32
GABAPENTIN 153 92 28 15
JANUVIA 151 83 29 82
NABUMETONE 137 83 30 151
ALLOPURINOL 134 132 31 34
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 134 95 31 51
ETODOLAC 127 52 33 161
CARVEDILOL 124 97 34 55
FLUOXETINE HCL 124 83 34 42
BUPROPION HCL SR 121 45 36 115
CELEBREX 116 101 37 94
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 114 73 38 28
NEXIUM 112 68 39 77
PAROXETINE HCL 110 91 40 52
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 107 82 41 90
WARFARIN SODIUM 106 103 42 11
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 103 79 43 69
TRICOR 102 51 44 144
LIPITOR 101 84 45 84
DONEPEZIL HCL 100 100 46 26
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 94 45 47 57
ACTOS 93 76 48 89
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 92 54 49 122
ADVAIR DISKUS 91 70 50 35
VERAPAMIL ER 90 90 51 88
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86 34 52 148
SPIRIVA 85 68 53 37
COMBIVENT 83 56 54 110
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 83 47 54 99
NAPROXEN 82 52 56 73
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 81 48 57 111
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 79 51 R 58 59
GLIPIZIDE 78 61 59 50
MIRTAZAPINE 75 68 60 31
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 75 55 60 41
MELOXICAM 74 28 62 112
PREDNISONE 71 46 63 47
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 70 53 S3 64 102
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 68 53 R 65 217
DIOVAN 68 52 65 43
MECLIZINE HCL 67 52 67 120
JANTOVEN 66 64 68 184
METFORMIN HCL ER 66 39 68 48
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 66 64 68 64
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 65 33 R 71 62
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 64 57 72 58
IBUPROFEN 63 25 73 38
PROPRANOLOL HCL 63 51 73 114
GLIPIZIDE XL 62 58 75 150
FENOFIBRATE 61 15 76 53
CLONIDINE HCL 60 48 77 119
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 58 11 S2 78 25
LYRICA 58 24 78 197
CLOPIDOGREL 56 51 80 61
GLIPIZIDE ER 55 55 81 103
PROAIR HFA 54 33 82 19
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 53 37 83 136
SINGULAIR 51 41 84 124
RISPERIDONE 51 21 84 49
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. 8, 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.