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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,908Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 75 out of 5176

$2.16M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 42 out of 5176

577 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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 577 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 577 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 20,793 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

55% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 30%.

Prescription Price

$98 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,086 1,056 1 1
NEXIUM 965 908 2 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 821 777 3 2
CRESTOR 806 785 4 15
LIDODERM 702 672 5 59
DIOVAN 638 613 6 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 553 539 7 11
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 419 412 8 18
EVISTA 403 320 9 65
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 359 341 10 14
AMMONIUM LACTATE 336 326 11 91
PLAVIX 334 334 12 29
OMEPRAZOLE 330 306 13 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 327 317 14 9
TAMSULOSIN HCL 308 297 15 20
CLOPIDOGREL 288 288 16 26
DIOVAN HCT 269 256 17 39
LISINOPRIL 250 238 18 5
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 241 230 19 130
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 236 214 20 35
NATEGLINIDE 220 220 21 272
VOLTAREN 212 190 22 97
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 204 189 23 75
METFORMIN HCL ER 201 188 24 57
NAMENDA 190 190 25 47
ALLOPURINOL 190 180 25 41
JANUVIA 188 188 27 25
JANUMET 179 176 28 77
FAMOTIDINE 172 172 29 58
SINGLE USE SWAB 168 149 30 108
CARVEDILOL 158 136 31 24
NIFEDIPINE ER 157 151 32 48
ATENOLOL 156 146 33 12
PROCTOZONE-HC 156 138 33 171
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 153 153 35 211
LIDOCAINE 153 145 35 179
PATADAY 150 144 37 220
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 150 149 37 125
FLUOCINONIDE 149 147 39 165
LIPITOR 149 143 39 51
ONGLYZA 144 144 41 153
ACTOS 139 139 42 85
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 127 122 43 74
DONEPEZIL HCL 122 122 44 28
MECLIZINE HCL 121 117 45 81
BENICAR 121 109 45 100
KOMBIGLYZE XR 118 106 47 291
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 118 109 47 17
NISOLDIPINE 116 116 10 49 368
FLECTOR 116 111 49 282
CELEBREX 113 107 51 80
BYSTOLIC 112 112 52 96
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 108 108 53 86
TRILIPIX 102 102 54 187
LOVAZA 100 94 55 43
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 99 99 56 70
UNIFINE PENTIPS 95 89 57 261
FUROSEMIDE 91 82 58 8
PRANDIN 90 90 59 150
BONIVA 90 90 59 236
SEROQUEL 87 73 61 166
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 86 79 62 202
ADVAIR DISKUS 85 84 63 32
PRADAXA 83 75 64 192
RAMIPRIL 82 78 65 50
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 81 70 66 22
COREG CR 81 81 66 275
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 80 63 68 200
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 80 76 68 4
ZETIA 80 69 68 68
ACTOPLUS MET 78 78 71 268
NASONEX 78 78 71 178
EXFORGE HCT 77 76 73 266
LANSOPRAZOLE 76 63 74 113
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 75 64 75 38
MUPIROCIN 75 71 75 182
PROAIR HFA 74 69 77 60
CROMOLYN SODIUM 74 71 77 332
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 74 57 77 6
RANITIDINE HCL 73 69 80 36
SINGULAIR 73 73 80 62
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 73 69 80 260
PEN NEEDLE 72 65 83 144
EXFORGE 71 71 84 126
HYDROCORTISONE VALERATE 69 58 85 319
SYMBICORT 68 60 86 120
AZITHROMYCIN 65 59 87 42
AZELASTINE HCL 65 57 87 267
WELCHOL 64 64 89 230
INDAPAMIDE 63 59 90 257
ATELVIA 63 63 90 146
GABAPENTIN 62 45 92 21
PROMETHAZINE HCL 62 57 R 92 221
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 60 53 94 89
BENICAR HCT 57 57 95 110
SEROQUEL XR 55 45 96 398
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 55 55 96 123
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 53 98 10
CYMBALTA 53 53 98 90
METFORMIN HCL 52 45 100 7
KETOCONAZOLE 51 36 101 233
SPIRIVA 51 51 101 54
COMBIVENT 51 48 101 156
PREDNISONE 50 49 104 52
MICARDIS 50 44 104 154
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 12, 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.