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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,076Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 231 out of 1006

$510K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 215 out of 1006

347 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
59% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 347 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% 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

2% of this provider’s 6,462 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$72 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $71 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 419 390 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 334 321 2 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 314 313 3 11
LISINOPRIL 226 207 4 3
ATENOLOL 212 209 5 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 203 203 6 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 185 182 7 2
QUINAPRIL HCL 184 180 8 86
FUROSEMIDE 167 152 9 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 153 153 10 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 139 130 11 5
TRAZODONE HCL 133 125 12 21
METFORMIN HCL 133 128 12 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 129 106 14 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 115 100 15 17
NAMENDA 110 110 16 34
MIRTAZAPINE 109 95 17 26
PLAVIX 82 82 18 61
CLOPIDOGREL 82 82 18 46
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 81 81 20 29
CITALOPRAM HBR 78 64 21 24
DIOVAN 74 74 22 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 71 71 23 22
GABAPENTIN 71 71 23 20
CRESTOR 71 70 23 18
OMEPRAZOLE 70 68 26 9
TAMSULOSIN HCL 68 67 27 23
CYMBALTA 67 42 28 41
DIGOXIN 66 66 29 52
SPIRIVA 66 65 29 48
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 64 62 31 27
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 60 51 32 45
LANTUS 57 43 33 43
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 54 33 34 53
SERTRALINE HCL 54 28 34 19
CARVEDILOL 53 53 36 36
ADVAIR DISKUS 52 52 37 37
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.