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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Gastroenterology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,853Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 832

$895K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 832

436 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
84% 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 New York
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 7,289 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

45% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 35%.

Prescription Price

$101 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $129 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 5.


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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 New York
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 473 418 1 37
NEXIUM 472 378 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 414 366 3 7
OMEPRAZOLE 373 287 4 1
SIMVASTATIN 345 289 5 4
GLYBURIDE 278 249 R 6 65
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 276 215 7 10
METFORMIN HCL 238 217 8 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 196 178 9 18
AZITHROMYCIN 183 142 10 49
BARACLUDE 172 90 11 48
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 171 153 12 25
LIDODERM 167 131 13 110
ALLOPURINOL 165 143 14 57
EVISTA 145 97 15 80
ATENOLOL 123 111 16 22
DIOVAN 113 109 17 36
DONEPEZIL HCL 112 99 18 40
MELOXICAM 105 88 19 112
VIREAD 92 36 20 50
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 91 72 21 17
FLUOCINONIDE 87 79 22 176
TAMSULOSIN HCL 80 67 23 45
ACTONEL 79 73 24 178
JANUVIA 78 76 25 53
PROMETHAZINE HCL 78 61 R 25 181
PEG-3350 WITH FLAVOR PACKS 76 54 27 31
FAMOTIDINE 74 62 28 12
LIPITOR 74 68 28 44
LISINOPRIL 72 68 30 13
AZOR 71 68 31 188
MECLIZINE HCL 71 60 31 122
ZETIA 68 57 33 66
PLAVIX 67 53 34 64
URSODIOL 64 55 35 35
DIOVAN HCT 64 53 35 70
PROCTOZONE-HC 63 45 37 29
FUROSEMIDE 61 54 38 15
CLOPIDOGREL 60 60 39 54
PATANOL 59 38 40 213
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 58 58 41 11
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 57 38 42 217
CREON 54 49 43 26
HEPSERA 54 42 10 43 224
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 53 31 45 226
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 52 49 46 19
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.