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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,573Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 269 out of 2094

$566K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 391 out of 2094

546 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 546 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 7,317 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 32%.

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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
SIMVASTATIN 435 361 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 289 266 2 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 270 233 3 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 263 241 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 261 216 5 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 223 204 6 10
METFORMIN HCL 207 173 7 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 176 162 8 11
LISINOPRIL 173 162 9 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 170 170 10 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 144 100 11 5
TRAMADOL HCL 137 119 12 33
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 136 118 13 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 135 126 14 47
ATENOLOL 122 104 15 21
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 122 98 15 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 119 113 17 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 96 87 18 24
INSULIN SYRINGE 91 69 19 143
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 88 77 20 41
CLOPIDOGREL 88 86 20 22
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 87 80 22 87
CARVEDILOL 85 74 23 19
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 84 63 24 30
CRESTOR 82 74 25 15
PLAVIX 76 74 26 38
DIGOXIN 69 64 27 51
RISPERIDONE 68 53 28 56
CELEBREX 67 67 29 74
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 67 65 29 37
JANUVIA 67 67 29 35
TAMSULOSIN HCL 63 59 32 29
AZITHROMYCIN 63 48 32 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 47 34 12
NEXIUM 61 55 35 16
GLIMEPIRIDE 61 61 35 31
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 54 35 55
RAMIPRIL 61 44 35 48
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 55 55 39 25
KLOR-CON 10 53 41 40 171
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 21, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.