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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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26,718Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 36 out of 5176

$2.53M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 27 out of 5176

408 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
99% 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 New York
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 408 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 408 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 25,971 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

59% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 30%.

Prescription Price

$95 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

65 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 New York
CRESTOR 1,460 1,433 1 15
NEXIUM 1,132 1,097 2 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 924 880 3 6
BENICAR HCT 672 657 10 4 110
DIOVAN 577 577 5 19
CARVEDILOL 566 543 6 24
FUROSEMIDE 542 540 7 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 535 508 8 2
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 532 527 9 17
DIOVAN HCT 487 473 10 39
PLAVIX 481 475 11 29
SYNTHROID 455 450 12 33
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 441 440 13 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 425 405 14 9
LIDODERM 425 410 14 59
LOVAZA 417 402 16 43
GLIMEPIRIDE 415 410 17 37
BENICAR 381 375 18 100
TAMSULOSIN HCL 365 360 19 20
DEXILANT 361 361 20 118
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 341 321 21 103
CLOPIDOGREL 319 310 22 26
CREON 318 317 23 111
JANUVIA 303 285 24 25
LIPITOR 302 291 25 51
PRANDIN 282 266 26 150
METFORMIN HCL 231 215 27 7
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 229 229 28 44
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 227 204 29 4
SIMVASTATIN 212 207 30 1
BYSTOLIC 211 207 31 96
LUNESTA 201 184 32 242
OMEPRAZOLE 199 188 33 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 195 192 34 13
ADVAIR DISKUS 195 192 34 32
PROAIR HFA 184 175 36 60
ALCOHOL SWABS 182 176 37 115
JANUMET 181 178 38 77
RANITIDINE HCL 178 178 39 36
AVODART 177 169 40 107
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 164 164 41 22
COREG CR 161 161 42 275
LEVOXYL 158 158 43 238
CELEBREX 153 151 44 80
VOLTAREN 150 149 45 97
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 150 149 45 23
AZOR 142 142 47 194
KOMBIGLYZE XR 135 135 48 291
RANEXA 133 133 49 167
GABAPENTIN 127 124 50 21
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 126 126 51 149
ARTHROTEC 75 125 125 10 52 491
RAMIPRIL 122 122 53 50
SINGULAIR 118 118 54 62
LISINOPRIL 117 110 55 5
COUMADIN 116 116 56 112
DICYCLOMINE HCL 113 98 57 224
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 109 58 10
TRAMADOL HCL 110 106 59 40
SYMBICORT 110 110 59 120
NAMENDA 109 109 61 47
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 105 105 62 34
CLONIDINE HCL 103 102 63 79
COMBIVENT 101 101 64 156
SPIRIVA 101 101 64 54
NIFEDIPINE ER 100 100 66 48
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 100 96 S3 66 27
ONGLYZA 98 95 68 153
AZITHROMYCIN 98 91 68 42
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 97 97 70 70
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 95 95 71 89
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 94 89 72 84
ACARBOSE 94 94 72 223
TOPROL XL 93 88 74 227
DONEPEZIL HCL 92 92 75 28
ATENOLOL 92 92 75 12
LABETALOL HCL 92 92 75 114
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 88 72 S3 78 127
ACTOPLUS MET 88 88 78 268
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 88 88 78 55
NASONEX 87 87 81 178
MELOXICAM 84 79 82 53
ALLOPURINOL 83 80 83 41
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 81 80 84 14
HYDRALAZINE HCL 78 78 85 73
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 78 73 85 38
NITROSTAT 77 77 87 205
AMMONIUM LACTATE 76 76 88 91
GLIPIZIDE 75 72 89 63
LYRICA 75 75 89 133
ROPINIROLE HCL 73 73 91 208
IBUPROFEN 71 67 92 72
LEXAPRO 68 68 93 193
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 68 67 93 130
MECLIZINE HCL 68 54 93 81
VESICARE 67 67 96 210
BYETTA 67 66 96 361
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 65 65 98 94
VERAPAMIL ER 65 65 98 155
PRADAXA 64 64 100 192
FAMOTIDINE 62 62 101 58
SPIRONOLACTONE 60 51 102 88
PEN NEEDLE 59 59 103 144
GLIPIZIDE XL 58 58 104 83
EXELON 57 57 105 162
DIGOXIN 57 57 105 56
AGGRENOX 56 56 107 235
LEVOFLOXACIN 55 54 108 109
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 55 55 108 116
RAPAFLO 53 49 110 362
DETROL LA 53 53 110 249
TEKTURNA 50 50 112 255
LACTULOSE 50 50 112 87
SEROQUEL 50 50 112 166
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 19, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.