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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,553Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 2456

$1.49M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 2456

659 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
72% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 659 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 659 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 19,590 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,004 965 1 9
SIMVASTATIN 915 760 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 701 617 3 4
FUROSEMIDE 646 568 4 8
TRAZODONE HCL 593 490 5 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 492 444 6 10
OMEPRAZOLE 480 364 7 3
LISINOPRIL 459 367 8 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 454 385 9 14
MIRTAZAPINE 441 414 10 29
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 381 357 11 5
GABAPENTIN 380 307 12 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 362 297 13 33
SERTRALINE HCL 350 298 14 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 341 340 15 23
ATENOLOL 324 290 16 6
NAMENDA 323 321 17 42
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 305 262 18 7
DIGOXIN 292 284 19 49
TRAMADOL HCL 284 219 20 24
METFORMIN HCL 278 251 21 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 253 230 22 12
CYMBALTA 252 188 23 65
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 241 197 24 37
SPIRONOLACTONE 236 214 25 73
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 197 174 26 28
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 194 171 27 47
PREDNISONE 191 178 28 39
OLANZAPINE 183 153 29 57
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 178 178 30 13
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 172 150 31 116
LAMOTRIGINE 168 99 32 120
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 159 143 33 85
FLUOXETINE HCL 159 102 33 45
TAMSULOSIN HCL 151 121 35 32
LEVETIRACETAM 148 108 36 90
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 145 133 37 82
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 144 123 38 19
EXELON 144 144 38 161
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 138 98 S3 40 20
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 137 103 41 51
DIOVAN 128 125 42 26
PAROXETINE HCL 125 108 43 56
OXYCODONE HCL 124 77 S2 44 38
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 123 96 45 53
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 123 98 45 15
CLOPIDOGREL 120 96 47 55
BACLOFEN 119 37 48 112
ALLOPURINOL 116 99 49 27
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 112 64 50 140
RISPERIDONE 108 83 51 50
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 107 95 52 134
LANTUS 104 68 53 44
RANITIDINE HCL 100 37 54 31
CRESTOR 97 97 55 25
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 93 74 56 92
KLOR-CON M20 92 75 57 69
NYSTATIN 92 85 57 99
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 90 60 59 178
LEVOFLOXACIN 88 76 60 103
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 87 76 61 113
LIDODERM 87 76 61 58
IBUPROFEN 86 70 63 52
VANCOMYCIN HCL 85 77 64 180
FINASTERIDE 84 84 65 66
CHOLESTYRAMINE 84 74 65 300
ABILIFY 84 57 65 95
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 83 53 68 64
RAMIPRIL 83 83 68 158
NEXIUM 79 63 70 80
CELEBREX 76 73 71 127
CEPHALEXIN 75 68 72 153
JANUVIA 74 43 73 81
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 74 68 73 87
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 74 58 73 70
GENERLAC 73 65 76 142
PLAVIX 73 64 76 79
AZITHROMYCIN 71 65 78 60
CARVEDILOL 71 60 78 54
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 71 71 78 18
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 70 67 81 48
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 69 53 82 30
FAMOTIDINE 69 38 82 84
LIPITOR 67 58 84 63
LACTULOSE 67 29 84 88
NOVOLOG 66 44 86 100
GLYBURIDE 66 59 R 86 40
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 65 55 88 165
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 65 56 88 147
ROPINIROLE HCL 64 64 90 148
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 63 53 91 136
GLIPIZIDE 61 61 92 46
ZETIA 60 40 93 86
KLOR-CON 10 58 58 94 133
LATANOPROST 58 52 94 156
HUMALOG 57 49 96 123
PROAIR HFA 56 43 97 22
ONDANSETRON HCL 56 23 97 339
NYSTOP 56 46 97 125
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 55 42 100 78
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 28 101 36
SPIRIVA 53 49 102 43
PEN NEEDLE 52 46 103 150
MELOXICAM 52 48 103 121
LOVASTATIN 50 39 105 34
SEROQUEL 50 49 105 102
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 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.