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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,471Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 978

$1.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 978

705 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%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

16% of this provider’s 705 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 705 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 16,810 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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
SIMVASTATIN 926 729 1 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 849 740 2 10
FUROSEMIDE 782 711 3 9
OMEPRAZOLE 720 541 4 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 702 690 5 11
LISINOPRIL 613 534 6 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 592 538 7 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 468 379 8 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 436 290 S3 9 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 420 383 10 14
GABAPENTIN 353 266 11 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 315 304 12 26
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 307 294 13 41
NAMENDA 283 263 14 45
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 273 94 S2 15 25
METFORMIN HCL 264 197 16 7
FINASTERIDE 263 240 17 72
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 251 203 18 12
TRAZODONE HCL 251 211 18 18
PREDNISONE 237 226 20 47
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 212 148 21 5
ATENOLOL 209 190 22 8
TAMSULOSIN HCL 209 178 22 33
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 206 160 24 58
MIRTAZAPINE 200 180 25 31
SPIRIVA 189 153 26 37
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 180 150 27 90
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 164 150 28 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 161 126 29 39
CYMBALTA 157 133 30 60
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 153 128 31 20
RISPERIDONE 144 92 32 49
ADVAIR DISKUS 140 115 33 35
FAMOTIDINE 140 84 33 107
IBUPROFEN 136 47 35 38
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 136 97 35 32
SERTRALINE HCL 135 98 37 21
GLIPIZIDE 131 117 38 50
HALOPERIDOL 129 84 39 145
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 129 42 S2 39 71
SPIRONOLACTONE 121 79 41 87
CLOPIDOGREL 120 100 42 61
LEVEMIR 118 105 43 176
NOVOLOG 114 105 44 121
LANTUS 113 76 45 40
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 113 25 S2 45 78
NYSTOP 112 105 47 118
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 110 81 48 64
RANITIDINE HCL 110 101 48 27
FENTANYL 108 87 S2 50 85
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 106 96 51 57
DEXILANT 102 102 52 104
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 101 66 R 53 59
ENDOCET 97 0 S2 54 193
OLANZAPINE 94 53 55 75
ALLOPURINOL 93 90 56 34
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 93 89 56 81
LEVOFLOXACIN 93 92 56 98
DIGOXIN 93 91 56 54
LOVASTATIN 92 68 60 29
PAROXETINE HCL 91 90 61 52
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 54 61 36
OXYCODONE HCL 88 45 S2 63 23
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 88 86 63 132
PLAVIX 88 78 63 96
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 87 76 66 22
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 83 83 67 67
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 83 69 67 105
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 83 0 R 67 62
TRAMADOL HCL 76 33 70 24
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 75 52 71 28
KLOR-CON 10 73 62 72 155
NYSTATIN 72 57 73 126
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 72 58 73 101
CLONIDINE HCL 71 48 75 119
TAMIFLU 70 70 76 246
LEVETIRACETAM 70 39 76 93
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 69 41 78 56
CRESTOR 66 22 79 30
LATANOPROST 66 56 79 163
FLUOXETINE HCL 66 14 79 42
CLOZAPINE 65 12 82 123
KLOR-CON M20 64 64 83 66
INSULIN SYRINGE 63 31 84 80
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 63 46 84 168
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 61 61 86 99
CARBAMAZEPINE 61 42 86 128
CEPHALEXIN 60 52 88 131
VENTOLIN HFA 60 46 88 170
NAPROXEN 60 43 88 73
AZITHROMYCIN 59 44 91 68
LIDODERM 56 55 92 65
MUPIROCIN 55 46 93 238
METHOCARBAMOL 54 45 R 94 241
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 52 49 95 133
HUMALOG 51 42 96 129
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 50 26 97 147
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 50 49 97 167
ERYTHROMYCIN 50 41 97 188
DIOVAN 50 32 97 43
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 Oct. 14, 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.