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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,754Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 23 out of 2094

$1.28M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 38 out of 2094

340 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% 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 New Jersey
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 340 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 340 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 15,203 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 32%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

58 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 720 578 1 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 621 545 2 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 595 483 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 514 435 4 6
RISPERIDONE 507 366 5 56
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 444 333 6 10
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 402 295 7 46
SIMVASTATIN 400 319 8 1
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 365 301 9 14
LISINOPRIL 354 301 10 7
NAMENDA 333 301 11 32
HUMALOG 319 217 12 164
WARFARIN SODIUM 295 226 13 11
MUPIROCIN 281 212 14 117
LACTULOSE 268 237 15 65
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 259 194 16 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 240 197 17 24
CARVEDILOL 234 195 18 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 223 185 19 5
MEGESTROL ACETATE 215 194 R 20 174
METFORMIN HCL 212 148 21 8
FAMOTIDINE 210 166 22 34
LEVOFLOXACIN 199 142 23 70
ADVAIR DISKUS 184 126 24 36
LEVETIRACETAM 176 90 25 78
CLOPIDOGREL 175 135 26 22
CLONIDINE HCL 167 126 27 62
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 166 106 S2 28 40
NEXIUM 156 111 29 16
ENDOCET 155 74 S2 30 88
SANTYL 154 121 31 114
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 152 135 32 30
PLAVIX 146 125 33 38
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 145 122 34 91
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 145 110 34 92
LANTUS 140 90 36 66
GABAPENTIN 140 114 36 23
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 140 126 36 3
CYMBALTA 139 99 39 61
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 136 111 40 12
LIDODERM 134 101 41 59
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 128 107 42 90
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 127 100 R 43 157
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 123 61 44 158
LEVEMIR 120 99 45 241
DIOVAN 118 60 46 13
OXAPROZIN 115 104 10 47 419
NAPROXEN 114 85 48 84
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 114 86 48 9
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 98 72 50 81
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 97 51 R 51 115
TRAVATAN Z 97 90 51 189
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 95 87 53 69
SSD 95 76 53 329
CELEBREX 94 72 55 74
TAMSULOSIN HCL 92 84 56 29
NOVOLOG 91 60 57 116
FENTANYL 90 81 S2 58 68
MIRTAZAPINE 89 85 59 43
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 86 69 60 37
SERTRALINE HCL 85 78 61 26
OLANZAPINE 84 60 62 113
CRESTOR 83 66 63 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 83 59 S3 63 42
PHENYTOIN 79 59 65 295
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 77 68 66 71
TOPIRAMATE 77 39 66 199
TRAMADOL HCL 76 52 68 33
SPIRONOLACTONE 74 73 69 93
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 73 68 70 101
GLIMEPIRIDE 71 32 71 31
HUMULIN R 69 65 72 298
LEXAPRO 66 55 73 180
GLYBURIDE 66 65 R 73 95
DIGOXIN 66 52 73 51
RANITIDINE HCL 65 65 76 80
LIPITOR 63 55 77 39
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 63 51 77 102
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 62 60 79 138
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 62 37 79 17
ABILIFY 60 39 81 165
VALPROIC ACID 60 32 81 221
VANCOMYCIN HCL 60 40 81 308
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 60 58 81 243
LATANOPROST 57 48 85 153
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 55 55 86 224
CEPHALEXIN 55 39 86 201
PROAIR HFA 55 37 86 45
CARAFATE 53 20 89 270
OXYCODONE HCL 53 0 S2 89 63
BIDIL 52 44 91 234
CARBAMAZEPINE 50 38 92 206
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.