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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,279Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 285 out of 1006

$427K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 293 out of 1006

350 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
39% 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 Connecticut
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 350 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 350 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 5,486 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $71 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 267 247 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 231 211 2 1
LISINOPRIL 226 187 3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 221 206 4 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 203 161 5 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 191 178 6 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 170 158 7 7
METFORMIN HCL 160 131 8 10
OMEPRAZOLE 160 139 8 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 157 145 10 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 133 127 11 24
FUROSEMIDE 132 121 12 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 129 127 13 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 118 112 14 8
SERTRALINE HCL 110 104 15 19
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 94 80 16 27
NAMENDA 88 88 17 34
GABAPENTIN 80 74 18 20
ATENOLOL 71 71 19 13
SYNTHROID 68 68 20 42
SPIRIVA 66 65 21 48
PREDNISONE 65 63 22 33
DIOVAN 64 58 23 16
CYMBALTA 61 41 24 41
CELEBREX 60 44 25 90
CRESTOR 57 43 26 18
GLIPIZIDE 56 50 27 69
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 52 44 28 22
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 17, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.