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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,344Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 53

$378K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 53

209 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
24%Patients 65 Years and Older
100% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 209 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 1,828 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

14% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 31%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $77 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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 New Jersey
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 419 86 1 1
RISPERIDONE 332 45 2 15
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 311 91 3 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 310 56 4 5
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 217 0 5 52
LEVETIRACETAM 204 43 6 35
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 195 27 R 7 38
LANSOPRAZOLE 190 92 8 92
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 178 64 9 9
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 152 42 10 105
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 139 40 11 90
RAMIPRIL 124 27 12 34
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 114 19 13 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 111 31 14 39
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 109 49 15 79
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 102 61 16 104
CARBAMAZEPINE 101 17 17 74
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 98 36 18 10
ADACEL 96 21 19 129
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 93 28 20 60
FLUOXETINE HCL 90 11 21 85
AMMONIUM LACTATE 88 0 22 132
THIORIDAZINE HCL 88 22 R 22 108
TROPICAMIDE 87 24 24 134
WARFARIN SODIUM 79 75 25 14
VALPROIC ACID 76 46 26 139
HYDROXYZINE HCL 69 15 R 27 115
SERTRALINE HCL 67 0 28 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 67 0 28 13
MUPIROCIN 66 0 30 66
OMEPRAZOLE 64 32 31 4
OLANZAPINE 64 18 31 53
GABAPENTIN 63 0 33 16
CICLOPIROX 56 20 34 165
METFORMIN HCL ER 53 12 35 58
NAPROXEN 53 0 35 87
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 51 24 37 127
KETOCONAZOLE 50 11 38 96
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 Jan. 18, 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.