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Prescriber Checkup

AKSHAY PATEL MD

500 RIVER AVE STE 140 SHORE MEDICAL SPECIALISTS

Lakewood | New Jersey | 08701

(732) 363-7200

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,579Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 2094

$1.85M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 2094

1,105 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
70% 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
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this specialty
in New Jersey
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 1,105 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 1,105 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 20,549 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

40% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 32%.

Prescription Price

$75 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,045 868 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 954 776 2 1
NAMENDA 792 761 3 32
OMEPRAZOLE 751 627 4 4
FUROSEMIDE 662 600 5 6
DIOVAN 559 465 6 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 523 471 7 11
EXELON 489 477 8 111
DONEPEZIL HCL 455 454 9 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 431 396 10 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 361 300 11 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 347 262 12 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 346 290 13 10
DIOVAN HCT 345 279 14 28
BYSTOLIC 331 253 15 83
MIRTAZAPINE 312 293 16 43
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 307 288 17 46
LYRICA 289 208 18 85
RISPERIDONE 267 230 19 56
FAMOTIDINE 248 221 20 34
METFORMIN HCL 248 188 20 8
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 245 196 22 71
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 245 239 22 24
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 236 187 24 37
CELEBREX 236 221 24 74
SERTRALINE HCL 202 193 26 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 199 169 27 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 198 155 28 14
EXFORGE 187 164 29 105
BENICAR 185 124 30 108
LISINOPRIL 181 148 31 7
CLOPIDOGREL 174 137 32 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 166 154 33 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 164 155 34 47
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 163 131 35 41
CARVEDILOL 153 124 36 19
TEKTURNA 150 114 37 288
NUEDEXTA 149 149 38 366
FENTANYL 148 114 S2 39 68
ADVAIR DISKUS 141 108 40 36
LIPITOR 138 101 41 39
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 137 106 S2 42 40
NEXIUM 135 131 43 16
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 132 129 44 110
GABAPENTIN 130 99 45 23
PAROXETINE HCL 124 99 46 77
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 122 102 47 92
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 120 116 48 12
PREDNISONE 119 110 49 54
PLAVIX 118 98 50 38
GLIMEPIRIDE 117 77 51 31
ATENOLOL 116 108 52 21
LIDODERM 116 115 52 59
DIGOXIN 114 102 54 51
LACTULOSE 111 93 55 65
SPIRIVA 110 96 56 60
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 108 84 57 141
RAMIPRIL 107 85 58 48
OLANZAPINE 107 80 58 113
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 104 61 60 69
GLIPIZIDE 102 87 61 82
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 101 80 62 101
AZITHROMYCIN 99 82 63 27
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 99 81 63 17
GLIPIZIDE XL 95 61 65 122
LEXAPRO 94 90 66 180
CEFUROXIME 92 77 67 137
FINASTERIDE 92 81 67 97
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 92 54 67 25
CEPHALEXIN 91 74 70 201
SEROQUEL 90 76 71 172
LANTUS 90 42 71 66
NAPROXEN 89 56 73 84
WELCHOL 81 70 74 146
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 80 69 75 102
KLOR-CON M20 79 78 76 106
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 78 72 77 81
BENICAR HCT 77 62 78 133
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 75 73 79 91
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 75 60 79 57
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 73 42 81 76
ALLOPURINOL 73 73 81 50
NITROFURANTOIN 70 70 83 317
NYSTATIN 70 59 83 167
JANUVIA 70 42 83 35
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 67 62 86 160
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 53 86 225
DETROL LA 66 66 88 233
ZETIA 66 63 88 79
CYMBALTA 65 31 90 61
LAMOTRIGINE 65 41 90 177
SEROQUEL XR 64 39 92 343
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 38 93 52
MELOXICAM 62 61 93 49
LEVETIRACETAM 61 59 95 78
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 60 53 96 138
NOVOLOG 60 39 96 116
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 60 29 96 158
PRISTIQ ER 58 45 99 491
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 58 51 99 107
NOVOFINE AUTOCOVER 57 40 101 289
HUMULIN R 57 50 101 298
GLIPIZIDE ER 56 51 103 126
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 56 49 103 183
CRESTOR 55 23 105 15
TRAVATAN Z 54 50 106 189
LEVOFLOXACIN 51 43 107 70
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 June 29, 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.