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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,861Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 978

$756K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 978

482 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
63%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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 482 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 482 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 8,663 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 696 673 1 11
LISINOPRIL 515 389 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 423 336 3 4
FUROSEMIDE 331 302 4 9
SIMVASTATIN 309 207 5 2
OMEPRAZOLE 261 65 6 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 250 157 7 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 246 209 8 14
TRAZODONE HCL 232 146 9 18
SERTRALINE HCL 223 125 10 21
OXYCODONE HCL 220 32 S2 11 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 210 159 12 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 205 127 13 5
GABAPENTIN 205 127 13 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 179 80 S3 15 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 175 136 16 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 171 146 17 13
MIRTAZAPINE 160 128 18 31
DONEPEZIL HCL 154 154 19 26
FLUOXETINE HCL 151 60 20 42
ATENOLOL 150 110 21 8
LANTUS 150 128 21 40
PROAIR HFA 147 58 23 19
PAROXETINE HCL 146 90 24 52
NEXIUM 134 90 25 77
METFORMIN HCL 134 106 25 7
SUBOXONE 133 19 27 46
CYMBALTA 116 43 28 60
IBUPROFEN 114 40 29 38
PREDNISONE 112 81 30 47
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 108 108 31 41
METHADONE HCL 106 0 S2 32 107
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 101 57 33 28
NAMENDA 98 98 34 45
LACTULOSE 92 74 35 92
RANITIDINE HCL 85 54 36 27
TRAMADOL HCL 83 56 37 24
GLYBURIDE 79 40 R 38 44
GLIPIZIDE 77 71 39 50
CARISOPRODOL 76 0 R 40 137
BUPROPION HCL SR 73 53 41 115
COMBIVENT 70 68 42 110
SPIRIVA 65 49 43 37
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 60 45 44 105
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 60 35 44 146
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 59 29 46 16
AZITHROMYCIN 59 46 46 68
DIGOXIN 57 57 48 54
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 57 26 48 56
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 56 52 50 57
CELEBREX 56 28 50 94
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 56 0 S2 50 78
CEPHALEXIN 55 42 53 131
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 55 27 53 133
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 53 31 55 51
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 52 38 56 86
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 51 40 57 39
CARVEDILOL 51 34 57 55
HUMALOG 50 49 59 129
BACLOFEN 50 18 59 100
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.