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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,360Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 52 out of 251

$266K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 81 out of 251

295 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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 Hampshire
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 295 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 295 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 3,789 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 24%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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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 Hampshire
SIMVASTATIN 350 269 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 222 187 2 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 211 141 3 3
LISINOPRIL 195 124 4 2
ATENOLOL 189 156 5 12
OMEPRAZOLE 162 98 6 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 109 84 7 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 109 81 7 9
FAMOTIDINE 106 67 9 75
FUROSEMIDE 104 77 10 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 103 86 11 8
GABAPENTIN 92 44 12 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 88 70 13 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 82 51 14 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 80 60 15 11
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 79 68 16 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 76 64 17 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 76 59 17 15
METFORMIN HCL 74 40 19 10
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 66 18 R 20 57
OXYCODONE HCL 66 0 S2 20 30
FINASTERIDE 64 64 22 77
TAMSULOSIN HCL 64 64 22 32
ADVAIR DISKUS 62 45 24 25
TRAZODONE HCL 59 45 25 26
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 58 35 26 19
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 56 0 S2 27 55
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 54 35 S3 28 18
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 Sept. 16, 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.