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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,908Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 282 out of 5176

$1.09M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 212 out of 5176

842 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% 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 York
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 12,215 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

46% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 30%.

Prescription Price

$78 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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
SIMVASTATIN 698 584 1 1
EVISTA 612 482 2 65
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 554 538 3 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 512 444 4 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 386 331 5 14
METFORMIN HCL 383 321 6 7
NEXIUM 307 257 7 16
OMEPRAZOLE 298 236 8 3
TAMSULOSIN HCL 272 251 9 20
PLAVIX 242 241 10 29
CRESTOR 239 230 11 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 233 211 12 9
DIOVAN 182 175 13 19
LIDODERM 182 154 13 59
PROMETHAZINE HCL 181 151 R 15 221
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 179 160 16 35
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 177 161 17 38
ACTOS 175 154 18 85
LIDOCAINE 173 152 19 179
LOVAZA 171 121 20 43
FENOFIBRATE 158 150 21 102
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 155 138 22 23
FINASTERIDE 153 133 23 69
AVODART 140 124 24 107
CLOPIDOGREL 139 138 25 26
SYNTHROID 139 120 25 33
MECLIZINE HCL 137 129 27 81
JANUVIA 128 121 28 25
SPIRIVA 125 115 29 54
ATENOLOL 123 106 30 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 118 109 31 11
RANITIDINE HCL 118 98 31 36
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 117 104 33 6
ADVAIR DISKUS 108 90 34 32
LISINOPRIL 107 78 35 5
ALLOPURINOL 104 95 36 41
ZETIA 99 80 37 68
TRILIPIX 99 88 37 187
AZITHROMYCIN 99 88 37 42
SINGULAIR 94 89 40 62
CARVEDILOL 93 90 41 24
ACTONEL 92 78 42 134
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 92 91 42 211
LIPITOR 91 85 44 51
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 90 78 R 45 76
COMBIVENT 90 84 45 156
AZELASTINE HCL 83 75 47 267
AMMONIUM LACTATE 81 75 48 91
PATADAY 73 67 49 220
DONEPEZIL HCL 73 70 49 28
BENICAR 67 62 51 100
NIASPAN 66 52 52 175
AMOXICILLIN 66 58 52 163
MELOXICAM 64 62 54 53
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 64 63 54 125
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 63 52 56 130
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 62 54 57 4
BYSTOLIC 60 55 58 96
FAMOTIDINE 60 48 58 58
COLCRYS 60 57 58 170
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 45 58 10
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 59 48 62 141
FUROSEMIDE 58 53 63 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 55 50 64 17
CROMOLYN SODIUM 53 47 65 332
PROAIR HFA 52 34 66 60
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 51 47 67 103
DESOXIMETASONE 51 43 67 278
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 50 44 69 202
HYDROXYZINE HCL 50 38 R 69 213
VOLTAREN 50 48 69 97
DIOVAN HCT 50 39 69 39
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 Dec. 20, 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.