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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,792Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 439 out of 5176

$600K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 816 out of 5176

436 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
31% 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
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this specialty
in New York
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 436 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 436 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 9,918 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 30%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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
OMEPRAZOLE 613 490 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 397 356 2 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 345 315 3 23
MELOXICAM 285 249 4 53
DEXAMETHASONE 233 213 5 449
GABAPENTIN 214 155 6 21
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 205 95 S3 7 27
ATENOLOL 188 167 8 12
PREDNISONE 183 174 9 52
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 173 155 10 17
TRAMADOL HCL 165 126 11 40
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 149 133 12 116
FUROSEMIDE 144 128 13 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 143 131 14 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 141 123 15 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 140 89 16 11
LISINOPRIL 135 104 17 5
FAMOTIDINE 128 112 18 58
AZITHROMYCIN 123 108 19 42
BUMETANIDE 123 101 19 209
ALLOPURINOL 119 109 21 41
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 118 113 22 9
FINASTERIDE 117 104 23 69
METFORMIN HCL ER 114 111 24 57
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 114 92 24 253
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 112 98 26 38
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 111 92 27 218
METFORMIN HCL 108 49 28 7
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 104 78 29 49
TAMSULOSIN HCL 103 98 30 20
VITAMIN D2 100 84 31 214
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 97 94 32 14
DIGOXIN 97 88 32 56
GLIMEPIRIDE 92 70 34 37
CITALOPRAM HBR 88 56 35 31
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 88 83 35 35
SERTRALINE HCL 87 68 37 30
CEPHALEXIN 86 76 38 189
MIRTAZAPINE 86 72 38 45
FLUOCINONIDE 82 77 40 165
SPIRONOLACTONE 82 66 40 88
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 81 72 42 84
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 81 80 42 160
LOVASTATIN 79 63 44 46
BACLOFEN 77 62 45 173
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 77 58 45 204
ZOSTAVAX 77 69 45 219
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 69 48 10
FENOFIBRATE 71 51 49 102
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 67 50 164
FLUOXETINE HCL 68 39 50 132
WARFARIN SODIUM 67 51 52 13
CARVEDILOL 67 67 52 24
CLONIDINE HCL 66 60 54 79
HALOBETASOL PROPIONATE 66 63 54 445
CRESTOR 65 61 56 15
SIMVASTATIN 61 43 57 1
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 60 38 S2 58 101
PAROXETINE HCL 59 44 59 93
METOLAZONE 59 54 59 271
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 58 54 61 311
NAPROXEN 57 51 62 95
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 52 26 R 63 177
CLOPIDOGREL 51 39 64 26
TORSEMIDE 51 44 64 184
MECLIZINE HCL 50 49 66 81
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. 2, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.