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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,083Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 317 out of 2094

$541K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 432 out of 2094

147 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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 Jersey
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 7,815 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

38% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 32%.

Prescription Price

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

55 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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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 Jersey
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 427 417 1 9
SIMVASTATIN 397 380 2 1
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 276 263 3 14
METFORMIN HCL 258 236 4 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 249 244 5 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 241 241 6 5
NEXIUM 235 235 7 16
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 204 204 8 3
FUROSEMIDE 185 185 9 6
DIOVAN HCT 160 160 10 28
CLONIDINE HCL 157 145 11 62
LISINOPRIL 151 143 12 7
DIOVAN 138 138 13 13
JANUVIA 138 138 13 35
PLAVIX 137 137 15 38
ADVAIR DISKUS 116 116 16 36
CLOPIDOGREL 103 103 17 22
MECLIZINE HCL 98 98 18 103
DONEPEZIL HCL 95 95 19 20
SERTRALINE HCL 94 94 20 26
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 92 81 21 41
TRAMADOL HCL 89 83 22 33
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 88 88 23 57
OMEPRAZOLE 85 85 24 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 81 81 25 11
LIPITOR 81 81 25 39
GLIMEPIRIDE 78 78 27 31
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 78 27 12
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 75 72 29 46
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 72 72 30 24
ALLOPURINOL 70 70 31 50
ATENOLOL 68 68 32 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 66 66 33 10
CELEBREX 64 64 34 74
NAMENDA 62 62 35 32
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 62 62 35 120
LANSOPRAZOLE 58 48 37 144
DIGOXIN 56 56 38 51
LOVAZA 53 53 39 53
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 52 47 40 25
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 51 51 41 87
NIFEDIPINE ER 51 51 41 96
LEXAPRO 51 51 41 180
CARVEDILOL 50 50 44 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 April 3, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.