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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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32,494Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 1006

$2.63M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 1006

1,400 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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

8% of this provider’s 1,400 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 1,400 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 22,635 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$81 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $71 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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 1,322 986 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,037 651 2 2
LISINOPRIL 949 605 3 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 917 682 4 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 829 635 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 767 659 6 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 678 447 7 8
METFORMIN HCL 559 376 8 10
OMEPRAZOLE 543 480 9 9
RISPERIDONE 529 342 10 40
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 514 397 11 5
MIRTAZAPINE 503 434 12 26
CLOZAPINE 433 82 13 107
TAMSULOSIN HCL 429 342 14 23
TRAZODONE HCL 405 266 15 21
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 384 175 16 53
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 382 253 17 45
GABAPENTIN 366 183 18 20
SERTRALINE HCL 358 261 19 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 354 322 20 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 348 258 21 12
OLANZAPINE 313 164 22 68
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 301 233 23 11
ABILIFY 300 134 24 102
NAMENDA 284 269 25 34
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 278 231 26 29
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 260 188 27 32
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 255 201 28 14
HALOPERIDOL 254 108 29 129
PREDNISONE 248 196 30 33
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 235 86 R 31 106
ALLOPURINOL 226 212 32 31
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 224 167 33 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 223 158 34 24
CLOPIDOGREL 210 202 35 46
LANTUS 200 57 36 43
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 192 147 S3 37 25
ATENOLOL 191 160 38 13
BACLOFEN 191 94 38 95
CYMBALTA 176 88 40 41
NEXIUM 175 127 41 28
PLAVIX 173 170 42 61
LOVASTATIN 173 126 42 44
CARVEDILOL 170 118 44 36
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 164 132 45 15
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 163 111 46 27
LEVETIRACETAM 152 49 47 72
CRESTOR 148 111 48 18
HYDRALAZINE HCL 146 124 49 100
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 146 95 S2 49 57
KLOR-CON M20 144 116 51 70
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 144 130 51 38
SPIRIVA 144 110 51 48
SEROQUEL 139 93 54 97
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 138 76 55 105
PERPHENAZINE 136 104 56 211
FENOFIBRATE 135 56 57 109
DIOVAN 134 71 58 16
DIGOXIN 131 106 59 52
TRAMADOL HCL 131 100 59 35
LACTULOSE 128 111 61 104
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 128 92 61 22
ACTOS 127 117 63 89
AZITHROMYCIN 126 106 64 39
TRAVATAN Z 124 65 65 131
ADVAIR DISKUS 124 94 65 37
SPIRONOLACTONE 123 95 67 71
PAROXETINE HCL 123 88 67 62
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 121 86 69 80
FENTANYL 121 98 S2 69 74
SYNTHROID 121 104 69 42
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 120 81 72 91
GLIPIZIDE 120 84 72 69
FINASTERIDE 120 106 72 76
FAMOTIDINE 118 96 75 110
LAMOTRIGINE 118 53 75 119
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 115 82 77 149
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 113 93 78 73
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 113 58 78 127
OXYCODONE HCL 112 76 S2 80 54
GLYBURIDE 111 102 R 81 65
JANUVIA 107 78 82 49
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 105 90 83 75
LIPITOR 103 75 84 47
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 102 55 85 87
GLIMEPIRIDE 100 82 86 50
LIDODERM 99 65 87 66
CARBAMAZEPINE 98 55 88 124
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 98 88 88 59
RANITIDINE HCL 95 92 90 63
LYRICA 90 74 91 115
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 89 72 92 92
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 84 66 93 294
ZETIA 83 61 94 51
NOVOLOG 83 28 94 94
LITHIUM CARBONATE 80 17 96 187
FLUOXETINE HCL 79 54 97 85
TIZANIDINE HCL 79 20 97 179
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 78 73 99 88
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 77 61 100 118
NOVOLIN R 74 44 101 158
EXELON 74 71 101 99
RAMIPRIL 73 65 103 79
METFORMIN HCL ER 71 66 104 56
LEVOFLOXACIN 67 57 105 96
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 66 40 106 134
HYDROXYZINE HCL 66 34 R 106 189
EVISTA 65 65 108 169
PREDNISOLONE ACETATE 65 29 108 337
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 64 38 110 55
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 64 50 R 110 340
TRICOR 64 25 110 101
NAPROXEN 63 48 113 121
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 63 59 R 113 223
BUPROPION XL 63 27 113 177
OXYCONTIN 63 29 S2 113 98
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 62 42 117 123
LEVEMIR 61 34 118 195
SINGULAIR 61 55 118 82
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-DEXAMETH 60 35 120 348
AMITIZA 60 44 120 181
MELOXICAM 60 43 120 67
RISPERDAL CONSTA 58 20 123 355
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 58 21 123 136
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 56 33 R 125 150
DIOVAN HCT 56 54 125 60
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 56 56 125 160
OLANZAPINE ODT 55 31 128 196
DILANTIN 55 26 128 220
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 50 130 81
TERAZOSIN HCL 54 39 130 178
ACIPHEX 53 29 132 253
VERAPAMIL ER 53 53 132 116
OXCARBAZEPINE 51 0 134 199
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 51 31 S2 134 142
BUPROPION HCL SR 51 25 134 174
SEROQUEL XR 50 0 137 239
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 31, 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.