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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,883Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 1006

$1.23M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 23 out of 1006

672 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
80% 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

11% of this provider’s 672 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 672 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 15,414 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

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $71 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,056 1,025 1 8
LISINOPRIL 909 739 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 704 527 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 658 572 4 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 588 515 5 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 505 435 6 7
OMEPRAZOLE 394 325 7 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 360 345 8 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 335 301 9 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 295 254 10 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 275 223 S3 11 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 268 248 12 12
METFORMIN HCL 260 183 13 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 254 254 14 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 249 215 15 24
ADVAIR DISKUS 239 177 16 37
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 232 151 S2 17 57
MIRTAZAPINE 224 219 18 26
GLYBURIDE 219 152 R 19 65
TRAZODONE HCL 219 204 19 21
KLOR-CON M20 213 167 21 70
SPIRIVA 197 135 22 48
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 194 149 23 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 186 135 24 14
PREDNISONE 184 160 25 33
GLIPIZIDE 176 165 26 69
SERTRALINE HCL 168 144 27 19
GABAPENTIN 168 115 27 20
NAMENDA 167 165 29 34
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 167 130 29 11
ALLOPURINOL 154 128 31 31
RISPERIDONE 153 120 32 40
ATENOLOL 152 131 33 13
CYMBALTA 141 112 34 41
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 136 105 35 32
DIOVAN 130 113 36 16
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 124 109 37 173
NEXIUM 123 94 38 28
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 122 119 39 45
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 117 105 40 88
GEMFIBROZIL 112 56 41 159
TAMSULOSIN HCL 109 105 42 23
FINASTERIDE 102 90 43 76
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 102 77 43 29
MELOXICAM 95 81 45 67
PROAIR HFA 93 30 46 64
CARVEDILOL 91 78 47 36
PAROXETINE HCL 90 83 48 62
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 88 74 49 75
FENTANYL 84 69 S2 50 74
CELEBREX 83 83 51 90
CARISOPRODOL 82 15 R 52 172
SINGULAIR 82 44 52 82
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 78 75 54 155
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 78 78 54 92
DIGOXIN 77 77 56 52
LIDODERM 77 69 56 66
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 69 61 58 22
ZETIA 68 58 59 51
SEROQUEL 67 67 60 97
TRAMADOL HCL 65 46 61 35
CRESTOR 65 46 61 18
LEXAPRO 63 55 63 103
LEVETIRACETAM 63 54 63 72
BACLOFEN 63 34 63 95
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 61 59 66 126
GLIMEPIRIDE 59 58 67 50
LANTUS 57 54 68 43
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 56 48 69 53
CLOPIDOGREL 56 40 69 46
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 55 48 71 73
PLAVIX 51 39 72 61
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 51 27 72 125
OXYCONTIN 51 19 S2 72 98
ENABLEX 50 38 75 268
OLANZAPINE 50 46 75 68
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.