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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,424Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 609

$630K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 61 out of 609

339 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%Patients 65 Years and Older
77% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 339 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 9,155 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

35% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 36%.

Prescription Price

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $117 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 617 607 1 2
METFORMIN HCL 335 319 2 10
FUROSEMIDE 334 334 3 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 312 307 4 9
SIMVASTATIN 311 310 5 1
NAMENDA 231 231 6 36
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 213 198 7 32
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 178 177 8 5
OMEPRAZOLE 166 165 9 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 159 113 10 8
LISINOPRIL 157 153 11 12
DIOVAN 150 149 12 15
CLOPIDOGREL 124 124 13 17
PLAVIX 122 122 14 25
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 117 112 15 7
CARVEDILOL 115 103 16 14
FAMOTIDINE 113 113 17 50
DONEPEZIL HCL 111 111 18 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 104 104 19 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 103 103 20 6
COLCRYS 98 88 21 245
LACTULOSE 96 93 22 109
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 91 84 23 29
TRAMADOL HCL 89 89 24 39
GABAPENTIN 88 88 25 21
SANTYL 83 83 26 186
HYDRALAZINE HCL 81 76 27 133
TAMSULOSIN HCL 80 76 28 11
MIRTAZAPINE 80 80 28 58
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 79 67 30 40
ADVAIR DISKUS 76 76 31 28
ENDOCET 70 70 S2 32 45
ALLOPURINOL 67 55 33 75
CLONIDINE HCL 67 67 33 83
NEXIUM 66 66 35 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 65 64 36 18
LEVETIRACETAM 64 64 37 70
LIPITOR 64 64 37 47
PRANDIN 62 62 39 181
DIOVAN HCT 61 61 40 31
CYMBALTA 60 60 41 76
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 59 59 42 24
JANUVIA 59 59 42 34
RISPERIDONE 59 59 42 107
COMBIVENT 58 58 45 269
LANTUS 56 56 46 82
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 56 56 46 49
VOLTAREN 54 54 48 159
AZITHROMYCIN 51 51 49 67
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.