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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,729Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 28 out of 1006

$1.08M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 35 out of 1006

335 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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 Connecticut
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 335 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,215 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $71 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

50 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 Connecticut
WARFARIN SODIUM 625 575 1 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 598 416 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 537 454 3 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 500 432 4 7
LISINOPRIL 462 358 5 3
FUROSEMIDE 408 319 6 6
TRAZODONE HCL 404 334 7 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 398 350 8 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 383 318 9 5
MIRTAZAPINE 301 272 10 26
CITALOPRAM HBR 280 239 11 24
OMEPRAZOLE 273 220 12 9
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 266 235 13 45
METFORMIN HCL 237 146 14 10
NAMENDA 230 188 15 34
RISPERIDONE 215 137 16 40
SERTRALINE HCL 212 183 17 19
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 189 189 18 160
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 188 123 19 32
CLOPIDOGREL 180 165 20 46
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 173 148 21 53
ALLOPURINOL 169 153 22 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 167 153 23 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 166 126 24 15
LANTUS 163 108 25 43
DONEPEZIL HCL 162 149 26 17
HYDRALAZINE HCL 158 113 27 100
PLAVIX 149 133 28 61
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 138 101 29 14
NEXIUM 137 130 30 28
OLANZAPINE 131 68 31 68
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 128 91 32 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 124 110 33 23
ATENOLOL 124 71 33 13
GLYBURIDE 122 88 R 35 65
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 118 91 36 30
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 117 100 37 73
HEPARIN SODIUM 112 83 38 266
CARVEDILOL 109 86 39 36
NOVOLOG 109 82 39 94
PREDNISONE 106 91 41 33
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 105 101 42 27
CYMBALTA 103 88 43 41
TRAMADOL HCL 103 87 43 35
ZETIA 102 81 45 51
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 101 78 46 134
GABAPENTIN 98 78 47 20
CLOZAPINE 96 81 48 107
SEROQUEL 95 92 49 97
JANTOVEN 95 95 49 171
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 92 92 51 59
CRESTOR 91 39 52 18
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 91 27 52 127
LACTULOSE 89 55 54 104
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 86 76 55 75
OXYCODONE HCL 84 33 S2 56 54
DIOVAN 83 67 57 16
RANITIDINE HCL 80 75 58 63
LIPITOR 80 59 58 47
NOVOLIN N 69 43 60 224
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 68 34 R 61 106
LEVETIRACETAM 67 55 62 72
DIGOXIN 66 63 63 52
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 66 44 S2 63 57
SPIRONOLACTONE 64 51 65 71
AMOXICILLIN 62 55 66 156
NOVOLIN R 60 57 67 158
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 60 53 67 22
FENTANYL 59 52 S2 69 74
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 59 56 69 80
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 57 56 71 149
PAROXETINE HCL 57 38 71 62
CHLORPROMAZINE HCL 54 0 73 312
EXELON 54 54 73 99
BACLOFEN 54 36 73 95
SPIRIVA 54 30 73 48
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 34 77 11
ABILIFY 50 25 78 102
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 Nov. 4, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.