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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,336Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 43 out of 2456

$776K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 80 out of 2456

548 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
78% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 548 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 548 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 13,193 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 785 667 1 10
FUROSEMIDE 729 663 2 8
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 603 200 S2 3 35
LISINOPRIL 591 492 4 1
SIMVASTATIN 439 361 5 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 420 355 6 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 415 392 7 14
OMEPRAZOLE 348 274 8 3
MIRTAZAPINE 318 294 9 29
TRAZODONE HCL 306 256 10 17
METFORMIN HCL 302 260 11 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 291 214 S3 12 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 280 253 13 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 279 257 14 9
GABAPENTIN 277 234 15 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 237 208 16 5
RISPERIDONE 235 225 17 50
OLANZAPINE 217 204 18 57
SERTRALINE HCL 210 191 19 21
GLYBURIDE 171 128 R 20 40
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 166 156 21 51
ENULOSE 153 147 22 193
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 146 126 23 47
GLIPIZIDE 145 132 24 46
GENERLAC 134 133 25 142
LANTUS 133 116 26 44
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 132 128 27 33
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 131 131 28 82
PROAIR HFA 123 58 29 22
DONEPEZIL HCL 121 116 30 23
PREDNISONE 117 92 31 39
PAROXETINE HCL 110 97 32 56
ADVAIR DISKUS 108 85 33 36
FLUOXETINE HCL 104 89 34 45
SPIRIVA 101 92 35 43
ABILIFY 101 88 35 95
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 100 75 37 13
CYMBALTA 98 82 38 65
CLOPIDOGREL 98 75 38 55
DIGOXIN 98 98 38 49
LEVOFLOXACIN 97 93 41 103
AZITHROMYCIN 97 61 41 60
IBUPROFEN 97 49 41 52
LEVETIRACETAM 95 83 44 90
ALLOPURINOL 92 81 45 27
LACTULOSE 92 81 45 88
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 89 88 47 64
KLOR-CON 10 88 88 48 133
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 80 41 49 12
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 79 41 50 140
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 74 50 S3 51 106
TAMSULOSIN HCL 74 72 51 32
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 73 62 53 85
HUMULIN N 71 68 54 187
ATENOLOL 71 43 54 6
FINASTERIDE 70 66 56 66
LORAZEPAM 70 56 56 67
SEROQUEL 68 56 58 102
HYDROXYZINE HCL 67 36 R 59 177
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 67 29 S2 59 98
HALOPERIDOL 66 56 61 137
NOVOLIN N 65 48 62 202
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 64 64 63 113
METHOCARBAMOL 63 26 R 64 321
MORPHINE SULFATE 62 56 S2 65 226
PLAVIX 61 49 66 79
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 61 55 66 147
OXYCODONE HCL 58 26 S2 68 38
LAMOTRIGINE 58 45 68 120
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 58 20 68 37
LATANOPROST 58 58 68 156
CARVEDILOL 56 55 72 54
SPIRONOLACTONE 54 41 73 73
AMOXICILLIN 54 41 73 191
CLOZAPINE 54 27 73 75
LOVASTATIN 53 47 76 34
TRAMADOL HCL 51 38 77 24
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 Aug. 14, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.