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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,080Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 47 out of 2456

$881K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 63 out of 2456

525 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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 Massachusetts
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 525 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 525 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,116 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 Massachusetts
LISINOPRIL 853 662 1 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 793 610 2 9
SIMVASTATIN 656 580 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 521 449 4 8
OMEPRAZOLE 456 356 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 417 382 6 5
ATENOLOL 374 334 7 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 358 271 8 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 322 261 9 10
TRAZODONE HCL 267 248 10 17
CARVEDILOL 265 237 11 54
SERTRALINE HCL 255 211 12 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 238 171 13 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 220 157 14 15
GABAPENTIN 212 156 15 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 209 190 16 7
CRESTOR 199 175 17 25
DONEPEZIL HCL 190 189 18 23
MIRTAZAPINE 187 169 19 29
METFORMIN HCL 186 117 20 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 174 151 21 14
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 169 135 22 64
PAROXETINE HCL 165 151 23 56
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 158 148 24 33
NAMENDA 154 153 25 42
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 145 122 26 37
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 143 140 27 47
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 142 127 28 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 132 132 29 32
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 124 99 30 28
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 115 115 31 51
ALLOPURINOL 114 104 32 27
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 114 105 32 85
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 112 67 S3 34 20
OLANZAPINE 110 106 35 57
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 108 84 36 30
GLIMEPIRIDE 107 59 37 74
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 104 99 38 19
FENOFIBRATE 100 55 39 68
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 97 97 40 134
NYSTATIN 97 89 40 99
NEXIUM 95 73 42 80
JANUVIA 91 64 43 81
FINASTERIDE 85 85 44 66
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 83 74 45 48
SPIRONOLACTONE 82 64 46 73
RANITIDINE HCL 78 42 47 31
CLOPIDOGREL 75 59 48 55
LANTUS 75 61 48 44
PREDNISONE 73 59 50 39
MELOXICAM 72 61 51 121
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 70 42 52 92
TRAMADOL HCL 68 57 53 24
LACTULOSE 67 39 54 88
MECLIZINE HCL 66 59 55 107
METFORMIN HCL ER 65 65 56 59
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 64 45 57 94
FLUOXETINE HCL 59 51 58 45
ACTOS 59 54 58 124
TERAZOSIN HCL 59 59 58 76
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 57 42 61 53
NYAMYC 56 50 62 316
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 56 42 62 116
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 55 45 64 70
QUINAPRIL HCL 54 45 65 110
PLAVIX 54 42 65 79
LEVOFLOXACIN 54 45 65 103
RISPERIDONE 53 41 68 50
SEROQUEL 53 53 68 102
CYMBALTA 52 25 70 65
PEN NEEDLE 52 35 70 150
FAMOTIDINE 50 38 72 84
LIPITOR 50 33 72 63
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 March 10, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.