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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,900Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 28 out of 2094

$1.28M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 39 out of 2094

547 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
92% 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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this specialty
in New Jersey
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 547 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 547 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 15,699 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

36% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 32%.

Prescription Price

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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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
OMEPRAZOLE 736 566 1 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 480 421 2 18
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 405 356 3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 369 327 4 2
IBUPROFEN 353 269 5 73
CRESTOR 328 294 6 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 315 224 7 14
NEXIUM 304 250 8 16
RANITIDINE HCL 304 268 8 80
METFORMIN HCL 279 232 10 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 266 258 11 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 261 218 12 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 261 208 12 9
DIOVAN 254 236 14 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 244 223 15 30
PROAIR HFA 239 179 16 45
NAMENDA 231 227 17 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 227 198 18 29
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 224 179 19 140
CARVEDILOL 218 200 20 19
FUROSEMIDE 218 171 20 6
DIOVAN HCT 213 198 22 28
CLOPIDOGREL 212 187 23 22
EXELON 193 187 24 111
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 185 179 25 58
MECLIZINE HCL 175 129 26 103
LISINOPRIL 173 155 27 7
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 169 153 28 100
GLIMEPIRIDE 164 155 29 31
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 163 138 R 30 94
AZITHROMYCIN 159 114 31 27
LOVAZA 153 116 32 53
CELEBREX 151 135 33 74
PLAVIX 151 137 33 38
SPIRIVA 150 119 35 60
LACTULOSE 149 113 36 65
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 146 130 37 10
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 144 123 S3 38 129
JANUMET 144 141 38 86
FAMOTIDINE 137 128 40 34
MIRTAZAPINE 137 130 40 43
LIDODERM 135 129 42 59
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 132 116 S2 43 40
ADVAIR DISKUS 130 84 44 36
LIDOCAINE 128 109 45 217
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 128 81 45 52
METFORMIN HCL ER 126 110 47 67
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 120 97 48 46
WARFARIN SODIUM 118 69 49 11
ALLOPURINOL 118 107 49 50
MELOXICAM 117 103 51 49
RISPERIDONE 116 80 52 56
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 116 99 52 55
JANUVIA 115 88 54 35
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 111 108 55 57
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 109 88 56 41
VOLTAREN 106 87 57 109
SIMVASTATIN 100 88 58 1
TRAMADOL HCL 96 62 59 33
GABAPENTIN 92 85 60 23
BENICAR HCT 92 83 60 133
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 91 64 62 25
AVODART 90 59 63 163
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 90 64 63 91
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 89 55 65 75
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 89 63 65 5
ATENOLOL 85 55 67 21
DIGOXIN 84 80 68 51
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 83 78 69 101
BENICAR 83 80 69 108
ACTONEL 81 65 71 151
ATELVIA 81 59 71 135
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 79 55 73 107
MUPIROCIN 78 63 74 117
FENTANYL 78 69 S2 74 68
CLONIDINE HCL 73 63 76 62
RAMIPRIL 72 61 77 48
LEVETIRACETAM 71 56 78 78
NAPROXEN 66 52 79 84
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 38 80 12
MEGESTROL ACETATE 65 59 R 80 174
SINGULAIR 63 45 82 64
BONIVA 63 58 82 256
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 62 62 84 102
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 62 61 84 247
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 59 49 86 182
INSULIN SYRINGE 58 52 87 143
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 57 48 88 69
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 56 37 89 168
PROCTOZONE-HC 55 45 90 266
ZETIA 55 55 90 79
VENTOLIN HFA 55 33 90 132
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 54 35 93 307
LYRICA 54 42 93 85
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 53 45 95 90
BYSTOLIC 51 50 96 83
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 51 44 96 81
AZOR 50 50 98 155
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 Nov. 26, 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.