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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,025Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 223 out of 5176

$744K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 544 out of 5176

571 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
69% 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

13% of this provider’s 571 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 571 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 14,478 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 30%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 721 710 1 4
OMEPRAZOLE 654 631 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 604 583 3 8
SIMVASTATIN 585 555 4 1
MIRTAZAPINE 547 545 5 45
WARFARIN SODIUM 532 532 6 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 519 518 7 6
LISINOPRIL 469 454 8 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 362 354 9 31
SERTRALINE HCL 323 323 10 30
DONEPEZIL HCL 280 280 11 28
GABAPENTIN 228 203 12 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 225 221 13 2
ATENOLOL 213 213 14 12
NAMENDA 170 170 15 47
LANTUS 162 142 16 66
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 157 157 17 11
CLOPIDOGREL 157 157 17 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 145 128 19 9
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 142 136 20 44
KLOR-CON M20 136 134 21 129
METFORMIN HCL 134 123 22 7
TRAZODONE HCL 131 123 23 71
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 122 121 24 10
NOVOLOG 119 115 25 168
RISPERIDONE 115 115 26 78
CARVEDILOL 112 102 27 24
LATANOPROST 110 98 28 185
TAMSULOSIN HCL 109 109 29 20
PLAVIX 108 108 30 29
LEVETIRACETAM 108 105 30 92
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 107 107 32 104
NYSTATIN 107 107 32 168
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 101 94 34 374
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 99 99 35 138
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 98 98 36 75
DIGOXIN 96 96 37 56
PAROXETINE HCL 95 89 38 93
FLUOROMETHOLONE 93 79 39 622
EXELON 89 89 40 162
LIDODERM 88 88 41 59
DIOVAN 87 74 42 19
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 85 85 43 61
OXYCODONE HCL 79 76 S2 44 121
KLOR-CON M10 78 78 45 248
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 78 73 45 98
SPIRIVA 77 77 47 54
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 77 77 47 14
TAMIFLU 75 72 49 231
CEPHALEXIN 75 74 49 189
HYDRALAZINE HCL 74 72 51 73
PREDNISOLONE ACETATE 73 55 52 538
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 72 71 53 18
RANITIDINE HCL 67 67 54 36
ADVAIR DISKUS 67 67 54 32
FINASTERIDE 65 65 56 69
JANUVIA 65 53 56 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 64 64 58 34
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 61 61 59 38
FENTANYL 61 61 S2 59 172
FLUOXETINE HCL 61 61 59 132
PREDNISONE 60 60 62 52
SEROQUEL 60 59 62 166
AVELOX 59 59 64 352
OLANZAPINE 57 57 65 140
BUSPIRONE HCL 50 50 66 183
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 Aug. 29, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.