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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,425Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 107 out of 2456

$696K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 111 out of 2456

509 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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

18% of this provider’s 509 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 509 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 10,246 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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
FUROSEMIDE 454 399 1 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 443 442 2 9
SIMVASTATIN 423 339 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 387 269 4 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 365 290 5 4
LISINOPRIL 361 328 6 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 357 305 7 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 303 278 8 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 243 243 9 23
ATENOLOL 203 191 10 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 193 141 11 15
NAMENDA 188 188 12 42
MIRTAZAPINE 182 176 13 29
TRAZODONE HCL 180 158 14 17
GABAPENTIN 174 118 15 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 164 147 16 14
SERTRALINE HCL 162 146 17 21
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 151 139 S3 18 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 149 128 19 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 139 125 20 7
METFORMIN HCL 136 92 21 11
OXYCODONE HCL 131 65 S2 22 38
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 127 109 23 12
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 119 58 S2 24 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 108 108 25 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 102 78 26 32
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 95 81 27 13
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 95 69 27 51
TRAMADOL HCL 92 43 29 24
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 92 56 29 37
ABILIFY 87 75 31 95
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86 66 32 41
IBUPROFEN 84 72 33 52
LORAZEPAM 82 82 34 67
DIOVAN 82 82 34 26
RISPERIDONE 80 66 36 50
OXYCONTIN 80 52 S2 36 129
ADVAIR DISKUS 80 61 36 36
PROAIR HFA 79 65 39 22
OLANZAPINE 75 71 40 57
FAMOTIDINE 73 73 41 84
NYSTOP 70 62 42 125
CYMBALTA 69 58 43 65
GLIMEPIRIDE 68 61 44 74
RANITIDINE HCL 68 47 44 31
AZITHROMYCIN 66 42 46 60
CLOZAPINE 66 28 46 75
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 65 38 48 82
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 64 56 49 152
PAROXETINE HCL 63 38 50 56
LOVASTATIN 61 61 51 34
DIGOXIN 61 48 51 49
PREDNISONE 60 52 53 39
CLOPIDOGREL 59 59 54 55
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 58 52 55 87
CRESTOR 56 50 56 25
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 54 42 R 57 83
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 54 40 57 28
LEVETIRACETAM 53 52 59 90
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 53 44 59 47
INSULIN SYRINGE 53 39 59 72
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 51 51 62 116
GLIPIZIDE 51 51 62 46
ALLOPURINOL 50 44 64 27
GLYBURIDE 50 25 R 64 40
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 April 13, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.