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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,582Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 266 out of 1006

$363K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 387 out of 1006

201 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
87% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 201 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,794 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $71 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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 215 198 1 1
LISINOPRIL 211 169 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 210 191 3 6
TRAZODONE HCL 207 202 4 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 205 185 5 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 191 141 6 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 177 177 7 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 165 136 8 8
OMEPRAZOLE 151 137 9 9
MIRTAZAPINE 136 136 10 26
GABAPENTIN 123 109 11 20
SERTRALINE HCL 108 107 12 19
RISPERIDONE 84 66 13 40
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 82 75 14 53
CARVEDILOL 82 69 14 36
TAMSULOSIN HCL 81 81 16 23
RAMIPRIL 77 60 17 79
CITALOPRAM HBR 75 75 18 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 70 62 19 30
GEMFIBROZIL 68 51 20 159
DIOVAN 66 66 21 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 66 48 21 12
METFORMIN HCL 61 48 23 10
LANTUS 61 53 23 43
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 60 47 25 5
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 59 48 26 45
DONEPEZIL HCL 59 59 26 17
ATENOLOL 58 54 28 13
CYMBALTA 55 54 29 41
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 54 49 30 14
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 51 50 31 27
LEVETIRACETAM 50 50 32 72
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 Dec. 20, 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.