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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,873Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 303 out of 2456

$355K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 457 out of 2456

184 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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

13% of this provider’s 184 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 184 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 7,669 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

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

43 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 408 389 1 9
FUROSEMIDE 319 317 2 8
LIDODERM 288 288 3 58
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 278 274 4 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 276 276 5 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 246 246 6 14
MIRTAZAPINE 226 226 7 29
LISINOPRIL 225 213 8 1
TRAZODONE HCL 218 218 9 17
GABAPENTIN 164 157 10 16
SIMVASTATIN 161 161 11 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 151 151 12 23
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 143 142 13 5
GENERLAC 122 122 14 142
OMEPRAZOLE 115 114 15 3
ATENOLOL 113 111 16 6
DIGOXIN 109 109 17 49
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 102 102 18 33
SPIRONOLACTONE 81 81 19 73
NAMENDA 81 81 19 42
NYSTOP 74 74 21 125
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 74 68 S3 21 20
RANITIDINE HCL 72 72 23 31
NYSTATIN 71 65 24 99
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 70 70 25 47
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 67 66 26 12
PREDNISONE 67 59 26 39
METFORMIN HCL 64 63 28 11
ADVAIR DISKUS 63 58 29 36
LANTUS 59 58 30 44
PAROXETINE HCL 58 58 31 56
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 58 58 31 13
ERYTHROMYCIN 54 54 33 241
RISPERIDONE 52 52 34 50
ABILIFY 52 52 34 95
ALLOPURINOL 50 50 36 27
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 3, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.