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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,019Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 225 out of 5176

$955K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 296 out of 5176

335 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 335 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 335 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,525 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 30%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 York
OMEPRAZOLE 665 604 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 486 455 2 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 427 374 3 13
LISINOPRIL 420 398 4 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 392 375 5 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 348 336 6 34
GABAPENTIN 346 295 7 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 346 316 7 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 316 255 9 2
FUROSEMIDE 313 303 10 8
NAMENDA 291 280 11 47
DONEPEZIL HCL 264 264 12 28
SERTRALINE HCL 206 186 13 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 189 172 14 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 179 159 S3 15 27
TRAMADOL HCL 175 170 16 40
CITALOPRAM HBR 168 167 17 31
CARVEDILOL 159 141 18 24
CEPHALEXIN 156 147 19 189
PREDNISONE 152 141 20 52
TORSEMIDE 148 134 21 184
MIRTAZAPINE 143 142 22 45
VANCOMYCIN HCL 136 136 23 394
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 131 126 24 84
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 128 128 25 138
FENTANYL 123 108 S2 26 172
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 123 81 26 61
AZITHROMYCIN 122 117 28 42
HYDRALAZINE HCL 122 105 28 73
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115 107 30 10
NOVOLIN R 115 115 30 191
METFORMIN HCL 114 99 32 7
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 111 108 33 104
CEFTRIAXONE 111 110 33 338
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 105 101 35 44
TAMSULOSIN HCL 103 99 36 20
CLOPIDOGREL 101 93 37 26
DIOVAN 101 101 37 19
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 100 94 39 98
PLAVIX 80 67 40 29
NEXIUM 79 66 41 16
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 79 76 41 181
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 79 70 41 9
SUCRALFATE 79 73 41 303
RAMIPRIL 79 73 41 50
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 79 60 41 247
DIGOXIN 78 74 47 56
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 75 59 48 38
URSODIOL 75 68 48 405
TAMIFLU 74 73 50 231
BUSPIRONE HCL 72 47 51 183
FINASTERIDE 71 71 52 69
COMBIVENT 70 61 53 156
AVELOX 70 65 53 352
ATENOLOL 68 65 55 12
LANTUS 67 67 56 66
SPIRONOLACTONE 67 62 56 88
NYSTATIN 66 53 58 168
PERMETHRIN 66 61 58 355
SPIRIVA 66 54 58 54
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 65 65 61 149
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 64 64 62 14
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 61 60 63 227
CEFUROXIME 60 57 64 273
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 59 55 65 119
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 58 57 66 350
ARANESP 55 55 67 442
AMOXICILLIN 55 45 67 163
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 54 41 69 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 54 48 69 17
TRAZODONE HCL 53 37 71 71
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 53 52 71 18
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 53 29 R 71 143
PRANDIN 51 51 74 150
LIDOCAINE HCL 50 50 75 325
OXYCODONE HCL 50 12 S2 75 121
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 June 18, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.