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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,815Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 2456

$1.24M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 23 out of 2456

891 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
75% 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

5% of this provider’s 891 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 891 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 17,414 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
LISINOPRIL 1,081 738 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 915 675 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 857 760 3 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 823 753 4 9
OMEPRAZOLE 769 543 5 3
CARVEDILOL 702 573 6 54
SERTRALINE HCL 488 445 7 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 408 358 8 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 405 319 9 5
METFORMIN HCL ER 399 311 10 59
ALLOPURINOL 393 328 11 27
CALCITRIOL 373 315 12 153
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 353 281 13 4
LABETALOL HCL 331 245 14 128
GABAPENTIN 329 190 15 16
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 328 255 16 37
CRESTOR 320 268 17 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 282 211 18 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 269 222 19 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 256 173 20 14
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 251 117 R 21 83
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 246 229 22 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 221 181 23 32
FLUOXETINE HCL 209 141 24 45
FENOFIBRATE 209 130 24 68
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 197 147 26 47
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 195 138 27 41
METFORMIN HCL 193 104 28 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 189 125 S3 29 20
ATENOLOL 188 132 30 6
GLYBURIDE 184 129 R 31 40
CLOPIDOGREL 173 144 32 55
FAMOTIDINE 170 148 33 84
CYMBALTA 166 88 34 65
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 165 136 35 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 162 119 36 18
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 160 151 37 134
KLOR-CON M20 154 134 38 69
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 142 120 39 15
MIRTAZAPINE 133 127 40 29
PLAVIX 131 113 41 79
NOVOLOG 128 117 42 100
MECLIZINE HCL 127 109 43 107
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 126 103 S3 44 106
RANITIDINE HCL 125 97 45 31
COMBIVENT 123 93 46 132
LANTUS 121 97 47 44
HYDRALAZINE HCL 119 102 48 105
SPIRIVA 115 82 49 43
LIDODERM 115 101 49 58
RISPERIDONE 111 70 51 50
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 111 99 51 13
SINGULAIR 106 72 53 149
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 102 67 54 64
NIFEDIPINE ER 102 83 54 61
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 102 58 54 170
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 101 96 57 194
PREDNISONE 100 89 58 39
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 97 56 59 30
TRAMADOL HCL 95 28 60 24
QVAR 91 54 61 197
DIOVAN 91 56 61 26
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 91 85 61 85
LACTULOSE 89 72 64 88
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 89 79 64 53
PEN NEEDLE 88 51 66 150
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 88 71 66 28
PAROXETINE HCL 86 48 68 56
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 86 58 68 136
TRAZODONE HCL 85 67 70 17
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 85 57 70 92
HUMALOG 83 62 72 123
BUDESONIDE 80 72 73 238
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 77 58 74 87
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 77 54 74 51
PROAIR HFA 73 27 76 22
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 70 57 77 182
ACARBOSE 69 67 78 333
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 69 60 78 48
NEXIUM 65 47 80 80
ROPINIROLE HCL 65 52 80 148
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 62 61 82 144
INDAPAMIDE 62 42 82 254
VANCOMYCIN HCL 62 60 82 180
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 61 45 85 287
HYDROCORTISONE 61 42 85 234
FENTANYL 61 38 S2 85 115
LEVETIRACETAM 57 54 88 90
LOVASTATIN 57 49 88 34
METRONIDAZOLE 57 44 88 310
SUCRALFATE 57 37 88 201
GEMFIBROZIL 57 45 88 93
NITROSTAT 57 35 88 169
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 55 41 94 216
DONEPEZIL HCL 55 55 94 23
KETOCONAZOLE 53 47 96 221
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 21 97 117
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 52 39 R 97 238
SEROQUEL 52 36 97 102
SYMBICORT 51 30 100 138
DEXILANT 50 21 101 114
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 May 8, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.