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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,858Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 1006

$1.2M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 27 out of 1006

610 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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

7% of this provider’s 610 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 610 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 18,795 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

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $71 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
FUROSEMIDE 911 880 1 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 743 726 2 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 664 641 3 2
LISINOPRIL 620 555 4 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 616 589 5 7
SIMVASTATIN 590 546 6 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 515 475 7 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 478 441 8 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 467 456 9 17
OMEPRAZOLE 459 425 10 9
MIRTAZAPINE 399 399 11 26
NAMENDA 342 342 12 34
SERTRALINE HCL 334 329 13 19
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 307 232 14 29
METFORMIN HCL 305 283 15 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 294 279 16 30
TRAZODONE HCL 294 261 16 21
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 285 252 18 32
ATENOLOL 250 244 19 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 248 209 20 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 244 229 21 12
RISPERIDONE 240 193 22 40
CITALOPRAM HBR 227 184 23 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 204 202 24 11
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 184 184 25 27
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 184 183 25 15
DIOVAN 178 176 27 16
GABAPENTIN 177 147 28 20
LANTUS 172 149 29 43
GLYBURIDE 166 148 R 30 65
CARVEDILOL 166 166 30 36
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 159 156 32 45
OXYCODONE HCL 156 51 S2 33 54
LIDODERM 155 153 34 66
CLOPIDOGREL 144 142 35 46
JANUVIA 134 134 36 49
DIGOXIN 130 130 37 52
ADVAIR DISKUS 130 112 37 37
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 129 129 39 73
ACTONEL 125 110 40 152
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 125 125 40 22
TRAMADOL HCL 122 122 42 35
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 121 121 43 59
PREDNISONE 114 114 44 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 110 101 45 14
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 108 108 46 88
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 105 74 47 53
EXELON 99 99 48 99
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 98 90 49 55
RANITIDINE HCL 97 97 50 63
FENTANYL 93 67 S2 51 74
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 90 90 S3 52 25
ALLOPURINOL 89 89 53 31
SPIRIVA 89 89 53 48
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 87 34 55 91
CARBAMAZEPINE 84 22 56 124
TAMIFLU 81 80 57 236
FLUOXETINE HCL 78 78 58 85
PLAVIX 76 72 59 61
FINASTERIDE 74 58 60 76
NEXIUM 69 54 61 28
AMIODARONE HCL 68 68 62 168
TRAVATAN Z 67 67 63 131
FAMOTIDINE 67 59 63 110
LEVOFLOXACIN 66 61 65 96
ZETIA 65 65 66 51
CRESTOR 65 62 66 18
AMITIZA 65 65 66 181
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 64 53 69 58
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 63 44 R 70 150
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 63 12 R 70 106
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 62 15 72 136
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 62 55 72 118
BUPROPION HCL SR 61 61 74 174
OLANZAPINE 61 14 74 68
PAROXETINE HCL 59 53 76 62
CYMBALTA 58 54 77 41
AZITHROMYCIN 57 46 78 39
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 56 34 79 105
LOVASTATIN 55 55 80 44
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 54 54 81 92
NOVOLOG 53 53 82 94
SPIRONOLACTONE 53 53 82 71
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 53 29 82 149
BUTALB-CAFF-ACETAMINOPH-CODEIN 53 0 S3 R 82 372
LEXAPRO 53 53 82 103
CELEBREX 52 51 87 90
GLIPIZIDE 51 51 88 69
LAMOTRIGINE 50 0 89 119
VANCOMYCIN HCL 50 47 89 231
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 50 39 S2 89 57
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.