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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,458Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 205 out of 1006

$584K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 167 out of 1006

347 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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

6% of this provider’s 347 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 6,859 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$78 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $71 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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 507 466 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 268 236 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 259 258 3 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 253 238 4 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 242 237 5 5
LISINOPRIL 175 161 6 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 173 169 7 12
FUROSEMIDE 157 146 8 6
OMEPRAZOLE 147 133 9 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 141 132 10 22
CRESTOR 126 115 11 18
DIOVAN 114 101 12 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 114 112 12 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 108 108 14 8
RAMIPRIL 106 105 15 79
MIRTAZAPINE 103 103 16 26
SYNTHROID 101 89 17 42
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 98 82 18 14
NAMENDA 95 95 19 34
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 90 86 20 32
METFORMIN HCL 79 64 21 10
SERTRALINE HCL 76 76 22 19
ALLOPURINOL 74 61 23 31
NEXIUM 73 56 24 28
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 65 65 25 126
FINASTERIDE 63 63 26 76
ATENOLOL 62 52 27 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 61 44 28 30
ZETIA 61 60 28 51
LIPITOR 60 60 30 47
QUINAPRIL HCL 60 60 30 86
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 56 56 32 88
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 55 55 33 77
TRAMADOL HCL 54 50 34 35
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 52 52 35 29
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 51 51 36 87
GABAPENTIN 51 49 36 20
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.