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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,629Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 54 out of 2456

$902K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 55 out of 2456

647 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
81% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 647 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 647 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 13,579 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% 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

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


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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 Massachusetts
WARFARIN SODIUM 643 534 1 9
FUROSEMIDE 588 535 2 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 555 514 3 10
SIMVASTATIN 545 497 4 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 504 485 5 4
LISINOPRIL 461 415 6 1
TRAZODONE HCL 374 328 7 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 364 327 8 14
OMEPRAZOLE 350 316 9 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 319 291 10 5
MIRTAZAPINE 315 301 11 29
OLANZAPINE 274 263 12 57
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 271 259 13 33
SERTRALINE HCL 222 219 14 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 202 193 15 23
ATENOLOL 200 200 16 6
GABAPENTIN 193 166 17 16
RISPERIDONE 189 155 18 50
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 185 178 19 7
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 182 179 20 51
METFORMIN HCL 158 133 21 11
LANTUS 151 141 22 44
PAROXETINE HCL 144 105 23 56
PREDNISONE 140 114 24 39
NAMENDA 140 138 24 42
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 139 115 S3 26 20
RANITIDINE HCL 133 125 27 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 132 124 28 13
CYMBALTA 128 123 29 65
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 124 109 30 47
FLUOXETINE HCL 113 96 31 45
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 112 93 32 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 111 111 33 32
DIGOXIN 110 103 34 49
NYSTOP 94 85 35 125
BACLOFEN 93 17 36 112
LACTULOSE 90 69 37 88
LUMIGAN 89 84 38 362
LORAZEPAM 89 85 38 67
ADVAIR DISKUS 88 57 40 36
FINASTERIDE 86 74 41 66
CLOPIDOGREL 85 77 42 55
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 76 69 43 12
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 75 57 44 30
NOVOLOG 75 64 44 100
GLIPIZIDE 75 62 44 46
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 74 69 47 18
LIDODERM 72 69 48 58
TRAMADOL HCL 70 67 49 24
ABILIFY 70 28 49 95
OXYCODONE HCL 69 60 S2 51 38
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 69 65 51 85
NYSTATIN 67 67 53 99
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 66 56 54 147
AZITHROMYCIN 65 58 55 60
MORPHINE SULFATE 64 59 S2 56 226
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 64 51 56 87
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 63 63 58 82
ALLOPURINOL 63 63 58 27
GLYBURIDE 62 53 R 60 40
CEPHALEXIN 62 52 60 153
AMIODARONE HCL 59 59 62 203
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 58 58 63 48
VANCOMYCIN HCL 58 39 63 180
TAMIFLU 56 51 65 217
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 55 40 66 28
LEVEMIR 55 13 66 174
HUMALOG 53 43 68 123
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 53 43 68 37
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 53 53 68 113
SPIRIVA 51 50 71 43
SUCRALFATE 51 51 71 201
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 51 43 71 165
KLOR-CON M20 50 50 74 69
HALOPERIDOL 50 32 74 137
DILTIAZEM HCL 50 50 74 207
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 Aug. 1, 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.