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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,695Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 77 out of 2094

$924K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 112 out of 2094

662 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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 Jersey
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 662 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 662 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 9,783 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 32%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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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 Jersey
OMEPRAZOLE 519 394 1 4
LISINOPRIL 517 366 2 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 469 384 3 3
SIMVASTATIN 467 367 4 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 394 353 5 2
METFORMIN HCL 356 240 6 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 296 262 7 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 292 222 8 11
ATENOLOL 291 243 9 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 286 252 10 5
FUROSEMIDE 241 212 11 6
GABAPENTIN 232 97 12 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 219 187 13 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 204 149 14 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 174 127 15 29
SPIRIVA 162 119 16 60
TRAMADOL HCL 159 129 17 33
CRESTOR 152 120 18 15
SERTRALINE HCL 148 113 19 26
OXYCODONE HCL 148 38 S2 19 63
CYMBALTA 147 79 21 61
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 141 128 22 18
IBUPROFEN 129 61 23 73
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 128 87 24 41
ADVAIR DISKUS 126 79 25 36
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 122 38 S2 26 40
NEXIUM 121 77 27 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 114 114 28 20
CARVEDILOL 114 83 28 19
DIOVAN 107 92 30 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 105 69 31 14
TRAZODONE HCL 104 49 32 72
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 104 77 32 37
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 96 69 34 24
LIPITOR 94 77 35 39
SYMBICORT 93 62 36 149
JANUVIA 89 55 37 35
OXYCONTIN 89 27 S2 37 98
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 88 76 39 58
LOVAZA 88 65 39 53
SINGULAIR 87 48 41 64
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 87 35 41 46
FINASTERIDE 84 66 43 97
GLIPIZIDE 80 41 44 82
CLOPIDOGREL 76 62 45 22
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 75 21 46 71
PLAVIX 74 52 47 38
NAMENDA 73 68 48 32
AZITHROMYCIN 70 48 49 27
VENTOLIN HFA 69 16 50 132
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 68 68 51 30
DETROL LA 67 64 52 233
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 67 44 S3 52 42
PROAIR HFA 67 43 52 45
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 56 55 55
HYDRALAZINE HCL 65 52 56 89
LEVOFLOXACIN 65 48 56 70
TRICOR 62 26 58 99
LANTUS 60 38 59 66
FAMOTIDINE 59 51 60 34
AMIODARONE HCL 57 49 61 175
NAPROXEN 55 33 62 84
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 55 32 R 62 178
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 53 39 64 186
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 53 53 64 25
MIRTAZAPINE 52 33 66 43
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 52 48 66 17
SYNTHROID 52 35 66 44
HUMULIN 70-30 51 43 69 279
RAMIPRIL 50 50 70 48
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 Aug. 24, 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.