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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,764Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 326 out of 1006

$322K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 448 out of 1006

492 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
26% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 492 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 5,326 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $71 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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
SIMVASTATIN 291 257 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 274 274 2 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 239 228 3 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 182 171 4 4
FUROSEMIDE 182 169 4 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 180 180 6 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 154 141 7 5
ATENOLOL 122 121 8 13
METFORMIN HCL 118 115 9 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 113 113 10 8
LISINOPRIL 112 104 11 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 107 104 12 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 106 99 S3 13 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 94 84 14 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 92 91 15 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 86 81 16 23
SERTRALINE HCL 77 63 17 19
OMEPRAZOLE 75 66 18 9
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 73 66 19 32
AZITHROMYCIN 73 64 19 39
ALLOPURINOL 69 69 21 31
MELOXICAM 69 59 21 67
CITALOPRAM HBR 69 64 21 24
LIPITOR 63 62 24 47
DONEPEZIL HCL 63 63 24 17
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 60 58 26 75
CELEBREX 57 57 27 90
TRAMADOL HCL 54 24 28 35
NEXIUM 53 40 29 28
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 50 50 30 27
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. 17, 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.