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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,849Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1742 out of 5176

$457K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1366 out of 5176

410 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
31% 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
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this specialty
in New York
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 410 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 410 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,385 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 30%.

Prescription Price

$78 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 York
SIMVASTATIN 259 240 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 201 184 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 173 163 3 4
DIOVAN 148 139 4 19
LISINOPRIL 140 131 5 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 134 127 6 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 125 111 7 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 123 122 8 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 123 123 8 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 122 117 10 2
FUROSEMIDE 109 103 11 8
CYMBALTA 97 91 12 90
NEXIUM 89 71 13 16
LANSOPRAZOLE 77 77 14 113
ATENOLOL 77 77 14 12
SERTRALINE HCL 70 69 16 30
ALLOPURINOL 64 51 17 41
DONEPEZIL HCL 64 64 17 28
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 64 61 17 61
JANUVIA 64 64 17 25
CRESTOR 63 54 21 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 62 59 22 17
GLIMEPIRIDE 59 59 23 37
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 59 54 23 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 58 53 S3 25 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 57 49 26 13
GABAPENTIN 57 56 26 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 57 57 26 23
VITAMIN D2 57 53 26 214
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 54 54 30 18
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 43 31 49
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 52 52 31 34
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 Jan. 9, 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.