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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,772Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1415 out of 5176

$459K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1357 out of 5176

341 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
50% 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 York
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 341 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 341 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 6,432 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 30%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 York
FUROSEMIDE 275 262 1 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 267 254 2 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 262 257 3 13
SIMVASTATIN 228 223 4 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 228 228 4 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 207 201 6 10
COUMADIN 176 176 7 112
CITALOPRAM HBR 173 173 8 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 147 147 9 11
LISINOPRIL 140 136 10 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 139 139 11 28
METFORMIN HCL 118 118 12 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 114 108 13 6
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 109 99 14 22
ATENOLOL 84 84 15 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 79 79 16 9
MIRTAZAPINE 76 76 17 45
NAMENDA 75 75 18 47
DIGOXIN 72 72 19 56
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 70 68 20 17
LACTULOSE 65 65 21 87
TAMSULOSIN HCL 62 54 22 20
OMEPRAZOLE 60 60 23 3
SANTYL 59 59 24 124
SERTRALINE HCL 59 54 24 30
EXELON 56 56 26 162
GABAPENTIN 54 54 27 21
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 53 53 28 75
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 51 51 29 99
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 50 50 30 74
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.