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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,638Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 54 out of 5176

$2.89M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 5176

385 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% 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 New York
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 385 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 22,909 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

63% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 30%.

Prescription Price

$122 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

61 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 958 911 1 15
NEXIUM 889 853 2 16
LIDODERM 642 642 3 59
CELEBREX 552 542 4 80
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 550 539 5 9
TAMSULOSIN HCL 515 515 6 20
PLAVIX 491 490 7 29
CARVEDILOL 485 471 8 24
ADVAIR DISKUS 467 465 9 32
JANUMET 462 438 10 77
LOVAZA 443 414 11 43
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 385 367 12 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 378 375 13 11
METFORMIN HCL 330 294 14 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 310 300 15 17
SPIRIVA 301 300 16 54
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 293 277 17 89
CLOPIDOGREL 292 289 18 26
RAMIPRIL 289 267 19 50
LIPITOR 282 278 20 51
BENICAR HCT 278 248 21 110
JANUVIA 268 268 22 25
NAMENDA 263 263 23 47
ZETIA 262 262 24 68
PROAIR HFA 254 253 25 60
SINGULAIR 248 246 26 62
SIMVASTATIN 247 237 27 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 243 242 28 6
AVODART 243 243 28 107
GLIMEPIRIDE 227 227 30 37
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 221 212 31 116
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 213 202 32 14
NASONEX 211 209 33 178
DEXILANT 211 210 33 118
AMITIZA 210 210 35 197
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 210 195 35 18
FUROSEMIDE 203 203 37 8
ACTOS 203 195 37 85
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 195 194 39 35
SOLARAZE 184 184 40 157
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 181 167 41 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 181 181 41 28
BYSTOLIC 180 161 43 96
FINASTERIDE 179 179 44 69
EFFIENT 175 175 45 342
LANSOPRAZOLE 173 173 46 113
COUMADIN 168 168 47 112
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 166 166 48 44
LEXAPRO 161 156 49 193
TRILIPIX 155 144 50 187
BENICAR 152 144 51 100
OMEPRAZOLE 144 132 52 3
CYMBALTA 137 137 53 90
SYNTHROID 129 117 54 33
LISINOPRIL 125 114 55 5
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 123 123 56 339
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 123 123 56 61
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 120 102 58 22
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 118 118 R 59 76
COREG CR 114 106 60 275
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 111 95 61 70
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 111 103 61 38
VOLTAREN 105 105 63 97
ENABLEX 101 101 64 284
RAPAFLO 100 100 65 362
ALCOHOL SWABS 99 99 66 115
SINGLE USE SWAB 96 96 67 108
AMMONIUM LACTATE 94 85 68 91
DIOVAN 92 90 69 19
LUNESTA 90 89 70 242
DIGOXIN 89 89 71 56
RANEXA 88 88 72 167
ROPINIROLE HCL 87 86 73 208
QUINAPRIL HCL 86 86 74 82
TRIBENZOR 85 81 75 276
AMBIEN 85 85 10 75 508
VYTORIN 82 82 77 152
FAMOTIDINE 81 81 78 58
MECLIZINE HCL 80 80 79 81
ACARBOSE 75 75 80 223
DETROL LA 74 74 81 249
DIOVAN HCT 74 64 81 39
ONGLYZA 73 71 83 153
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 72 72 84 34
EVISTA 72 71 84 65
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 70 59 86 55
ALFUZOSIN HCL 68 68 87 462
RANITIDINE HCL 67 67 88 36
GLIPIZIDE 66 66 89 63
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 66 61 89 123
METHIMAZOLE 66 66 89 331
WELCHOL 65 65 92 230
ATENOLOL 63 59 93 12
CREON 63 63 93 111
ULORIC 62 62 95 280
AMARYL 62 62 10 95 669
MELOXICAM 58 43 97 53
AZITHROMYCIN 58 55 97 42
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 57 55 99 149
VESICARE 57 57 99 210
TRAMADOL HCL 55 49 101 40
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 54 50 102 211
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 54 37 102 23
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 53 104 49
ROZEREM 53 53 104 702
CILOSTAZOL 53 53 104 206
SERTRALINE HCL 51 51 107 30
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 50 50 108 74
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 Oct. 22, 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.