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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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64,187Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 2456

$3.69M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 2456

1,142 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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 Massachusetts
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 1,142 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 1,142 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 52,526 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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 Massachusetts
WARFARIN SODIUM 3,527 3,270 1 9
SIMVASTATIN 2,512 2,136 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 2,155 2,002 3 8
TRAZODONE HCL 2,050 1,733 10 4 17
OMEPRAZOLE 2,003 1,635 5 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,908 1,650 6 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,897 1,664 7 10
LISINOPRIL 1,625 1,349 8 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,601 1,438 9 5
MIRTAZAPINE 1,577 1,373 10 10 29
RISPERIDONE 1,323 966 11 50
CITALOPRAM HBR 1,322 1,084 12 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 1,130 1,111 13 23
GABAPENTIN 1,124 876 14 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 1,043 930 15 33
ATENOLOL 975 745 16 6
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 902 597 17 51
OLANZAPINE 881 602 18 57
CLOZAPINE 846 169 19 75
METFORMIN HCL 796 597 20 11
NAMENDA 788 774 21 42
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 728 573 22 47
SERTRALINE HCL 673 541 23 21
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 593 487 24 64
LAMOTRIGINE 563 337 25 120
RANITIDINE HCL 553 434 26 31
LIDODERM 535 499 27 58
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 517 494 28 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 490 372 29 7
TAMSULOSIN HCL 470 408 30 32
CYMBALTA 464 366 31 65
TRAMADOL HCL 460 438 32 24
ABILIFY 454 309 33 95
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 450 378 34 12
LANTUS 393 337 35 44
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 386 382 36 82
PREDNISONE 379 346 37 39
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 372 148 R 38 126
ADVAIR DISKUS 358 269 39 36
LEVOFLOXACIN 358 337 39 103
GLYBURIDE 341 240 R 41 40
LEVETIRACETAM 337 241 42 90
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 325 273 43 19
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 325 307 43 85
NOVOLOG 306 244 45 100
LACTULOSE 285 194 46 88
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 278 171 S3 47 20
SEROQUEL 268 202 48 102
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 267 161 49 92
HALOPERIDOL 263 112 50 137
DIGOXIN 258 246 51 49
GLIPIZIDE 255 254 52 46
NOVOLIN N 252 228 53 202
CLOPIDOGREL 244 201 54 55
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 231 206 55 37
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 231 215 55 94
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 226 220 57 18
NYSTATIN 222 154 58 99
SPIRIVA 217 181 59 43
FINASTERIDE 209 200 60 66
BACLOFEN 209 100 60 112
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 208 194 62 48
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 206 180 63 87
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 205 163 64 140
OXYCODONE HCL 200 142 S2 65 38
VENLAFAXINE HCL 190 111 66 188
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 187 76 67 178
SPIRONOLACTONE 185 139 68 73
PLAVIX 184 155 69 79
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 184 175 69 116
NYSTOP 183 149 71 125
CEFTRIAXONE 179 164 72 236
FLUOXETINE HCL 177 137 73 45
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 176 138 74 131
CEPHALEXIN 173 153 75 153
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 171 121 76 152
ALLOPURINOL 170 159 77 27
CARVEDILOL 170 169 77 54
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 168 141 79 15
METHENAMINE HIPPURATE 166 145 80 237
GENERLAC 161 135 81 142
BUPROPION HCL 155 124 82 210
AZITHROMYCIN 153 135 83 60
NOVOLIN R 152 126 84 173
DIOVAN 151 151 85 26
ERYTHROMYCIN 145 136 86 241
LIDOCAINE HCL 145 127 86 262
LITHIUM CARBONATE 143 96 88 185
LATANOPROST 142 131 89 156
SILVER SULFADIAZINE 141 121 90 365
KLOR-CON M20 135 115 91 69
SUCRALFATE 132 103 92 201
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 128 116 93 231
NITROFURANTOIN 125 101 94 224
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 124 104 95 170
CARBAMAZEPINE 123 50 96 155
CRESTOR 123 107 96 25
TRAVATAN Z 122 122 98 290
FAMOTIDINE 122 81 98 84
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 120 117 100 249
TIMOLOL MALEATE 119 119 101 231
BUPROPION HCL SR 118 64 102 119
FLUVOXAMINE MALEATE 117 92 103 230
PAROXETINE HCL 117 81 103 56
DILANTIN 116 104 105 212
CLONIDINE HCL 115 82 106 111
BUSPIRONE HCL 114 77 107 157
TERAZOSIN HCL 114 99 107 76
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 107 93 109 30
GEMFIBROZIL 107 84 109 93
PROPRANOLOL HCL 106 70 111 108
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 104 83 112 279
BUMETANIDE 100 92 113 167
LEVEMIR 100 65 113 174
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 100 93 113 147
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 99 64 R 116 77
GALANTAMINE HBR 97 97 117 285
OXCARBAZEPINE 97 42 117 190
MECLIZINE HCL 96 96 119 107
VANCOMYCIN HCL 95 92 120 180
LOPERAMIDE 95 68 120 322
HYDRALAZINE HCL 94 81 122 105
OLANZAPINE ODT 92 21 123 305
SINGULAIR 91 73 124 149
DETROL LA 91 73 124 228
TOPIRAMATE 90 24 126 162
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 90 78 126 165
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 89 79 128 71
VESICARE 87 65 129 205
SSD 85 66 130 365
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 85 77 130 28
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 84 53 132 233
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 82 70 133 70
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 82 82 133 113
AMIODARONE HCL 81 81 135 203
FENTANYL 78 67 S2 136 115
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 78 34 R 136 417
NEXIUM 77 66 138 80
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 77 48 138 186
IBUPROFEN 75 55 140 52
VALPROIC ACID 74 38 141 261
LOVASTATIN 73 73 142 34
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 72 50 R 143 83
RAMIPRIL 72 72 143 158
GLIPIZIDE ER 71 59 145 89
RISPERDAL CONSTA 71 12 145 286
VERAPAMIL ER 70 65 147 91
ENULOSE 69 56 148 193
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 66 51 149 53
HUMALOG 66 60 149 123
KLOR-CON 10 65 51 151 133
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 65 61 151 194
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 64 51 153 216
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 64 34 153 208
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 64 56 153 260
MORPHINE SULFATE 64 57 S2 153 226
ESTRADIOL 63 49 R 157 382
ONDANSETRON HCL 63 60 157 339
ZYPREXA 62 36 159 447
METHOTREXATE 62 30 159 159
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 62 57 S2 159 35
AMOXICILLIN 61 48 162 191
TRANSDERM-SCOP 61 52 162 397
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 60 45 164 296
ROPINIROLE HCL 59 59 165 148
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 58 53 166 166
ZETIA 58 58 166 86
LABETALOL HCL 57 56 168 128
LIPITOR 57 31 168 63
METHIMAZOLE 56 42 170 248
SANTYL 55 50 171 323
CHLORPROMAZINE HCL 54 0 172 274
LANSOPRAZOLE 54 54 172 315
METHADONE HCL 54 37 S2 172 135
MUPIROCIN 54 50 172 209
DILTIAZEM HCL 52 52 176 207
COPAXONE 52 0 176 387
CHOLESTYRAMINE 51 49 178 300
NIFEDIPINE ER 51 38 178 61
LYRICA 51 35 178 199
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 50 49 181 78
EXELON 50 50 181 161
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.