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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,707Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 120 out of 2094

$703K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 247 out of 2094

458 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
65%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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 New Jersey
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 458 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 458 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 8,292 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 32%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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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 New Jersey
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 519 372 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 453 355 2 4
SIMVASTATIN 403 327 3 1
METFORMIN HCL 351 237 4 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 281 209 5 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 260 162 6 14
DIOVAN 255 192 7 13
FUROSEMIDE 223 174 8 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 210 158 9 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 209 135 10 3
NEXIUM 208 140 11 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 198 140 12 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 186 176 13 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 183 139 14 30
NAPROXEN 169 103 15 84
LISINOPRIL 160 106 16 7
SERTRALINE HCL 157 110 17 26
ADVAIR DISKUS 155 108 18 36
IBUPROFEN 151 89 19 73
TRAMADOL HCL 145 110 20 33
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 141 104 21 81
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 127 105 22 5
GABAPENTIN 124 89 23 23
DIOVAN HCT 123 105 24 28
ENDOCET 123 30 S2 24 88
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 122 97 26 25
SINGULAIR 115 73 27 64
CLOPIDOGREL 108 103 28 22
VOLTAREN 104 72 29 109
WELCHOL 101 54 30 146
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 98 94 31 10
FLUOXETINE HCL 96 41 32 139
ACTOS 91 87 33 112
GLYBURIDE 91 85 R 33 95
AMOXICILLIN 91 49 33 147
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 89 60 36 182
PROAIR HFA 88 53 37 45
LIDODERM 85 60 38 59
CRESTOR 84 79 39 15
MELOXICAM 80 67 40 49
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 78 45 41 41
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 77 41 S2 42 40
TAMSULOSIN HCL 76 49 43 29
MECLIZINE HCL 75 56 44 103
JANUVIA 70 60 45 35
SPIRIVA 69 59 46 60
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 68 53 R 47 94
ATENOLOL 68 58 47 21
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 67 56 49 220
PLAVIX 66 63 50 38
CICLOPIROX 65 31 51 315
TERAZOSIN HCL 65 55 51 240
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 64 38 53 127
VENTOLIN HFA 62 39 54 132
EXFORGE 57 48 55 105
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 56 15 R 56 115
TRIBENZOR 53 39 57 264
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 39 58 52
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 52 41 58 169
MEGESTROL ACETATE 52 49 R 58 174
NAMENDA 51 50 61 32
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 50 35 62 24
CARVEDILOL 50 28 62 19
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. 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.