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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,022Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 31 out of 2456

$928K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 49 out of 2456

738 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
72% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 738 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 738 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 15,244 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

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,002 826 1 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 675 600 2 10
OMEPRAZOLE 636 518 3 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 622 520 4 9
LISINOPRIL 607 491 5 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 533 505 6 5
METFORMIN HCL 498 408 7 11
FUROSEMIDE 439 380 8 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 405 350 9 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 346 321 10 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 320 258 11 14
SERTRALINE HCL 282 217 12 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 277 234 13 12
ATENOLOL 272 248 14 6
TRAZODONE HCL 266 242 15 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 250 235 16 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 246 188 17 32
RISPERIDONE 203 198 18 50
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 193 171 19 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 187 187 20 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 179 143 21 13
GLIPIZIDE 168 131 22 46
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 168 133 22 41
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 168 119 22 94
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 163 112 25 47
MIRTAZAPINE 155 126 26 29
IBUPROFEN 154 101 27 52
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 150 139 28 37
DIGOXIN 149 141 29 49
CRESTOR 146 116 30 25
LANTUS 144 130 31 44
NAMENDA 141 141 32 42
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 129 102 33 33
TRAMADOL HCL 128 108 34 24
RANITIDINE HCL 125 83 35 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 123 89 36 28
PAROXETINE HCL 111 62 37 56
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 108 49 R 38 126
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 102 89 39 48
EVISTA 100 87 40 143
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 98 98 41 278
PREDNISONE 97 87 42 39
JANUVIA 97 77 42 81
NOVOLOG 95 84 44 100
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 95 91 44 18
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 93 73 S3 46 20
HUMALOG 91 86 47 123
OLANZAPINE 89 49 48 57
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 87 67 49 51
NYSTOP 85 80 50 125
ADVAIR DISKUS 83 60 51 36
MELOXICAM 83 81 51 121
NAPROXEN 81 75 53 109
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 81 65 53 64
NIFEDIPINE ER 81 61 53 61
SEROQUEL 80 59 56 102
CARVEDILOL 79 73 57 54
ALLOPURINOL 79 64 57 27
FENOFIBRATE 75 36 59 68
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 75 52 59 71
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 74 31 R 61 83
PROAIR HFA 70 24 62 22
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 69 60 63 92
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 69 69 63 152
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 69 60 63 30
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 66 34 S2 66 35
CARBAMAZEPINE 65 28 67 155
DIOVAN 65 65 67 26
CLOPIDOGREL 64 61 69 55
CYMBALTA 62 26 70 65
HEPARIN SODIUM 62 31 70 256
VERAPAMIL ER 61 47 72 91
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 61 53 72 113
SPIRONOLACTONE 61 33 72 73
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 59 44 75 144
GLUCAGEN 59 49 75 318
MECLIZINE HCL 59 43 75 107
PROPRANOLOL HCL 55 53 78 108
IMIPRAMINE HCL 54 32 R 79 399
FINASTERIDE 53 53 80 66
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 53 48 80 53
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 53 39 80 131
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 52 25 83 170
LEVETIRACETAM 52 15 83 90
ABILIFY 51 41 85 95
GABAPENTIN 51 49 85 16
FLUOXETINE HCL 51 25 85 45
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.