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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,874Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 1006

$1.25M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 1006

909 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
38% 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 Connecticut
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 909 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 909 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 16,199 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

35% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $71 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 Connecticut
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,085 949 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 725 683 2 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 675 602 3 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 553 498 4 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 415 364 5 8
DIOVAN 394 370 6 16
SYNTHROID 386 350 7 42
METFORMIN HCL 354 315 8 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 323 316 9 7
SIMVASTATIN 320 292 10 1
LISINOPRIL 319 280 11 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 311 287 12 12
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 273 259 13 32
ATENOLOL 252 224 14 13
LIPITOR 246 242 15 47
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 236 224 16 14
CRESTOR 230 202 17 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 224 196 18 15
OMEPRAZOLE 218 201 19 9
ALLOPURINOL 194 175 20 31
TRAZODONE HCL 184 184 21 21
SERTRALINE HCL 183 137 22 19
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 183 180 22 27
RAMIPRIL 182 169 24 79
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 180 149 25 11
PREDNISONE 176 172 26 33
DIGOXIN 172 172 27 52
DONEPEZIL HCL 172 172 27 17
MIRTAZAPINE 168 156 29 26
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 168 153 29 148
AZITHROMYCIN 163 150 31 39
DIOVAN HCT 161 146 32 60
BENICAR 157 142 33 78
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 153 145 34 22
TAMSULOSIN HCL 139 123 35 23
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 131 125 36 75
TRICOR 126 118 37 101
GABAPENTIN 126 102 37 20
PLAVIX 126 121 37 61
CARVEDILOL 122 113 40 36
CLOPIDOGREL 115 115 41 46
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 112 95 42 45
NAMENDA 109 109 43 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 106 103 44 24
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 105 97 45 123
ZETIA 104 91 46 51
CYMBALTA 102 81 47 41
SPIRIVA 99 99 48 48
MECLIZINE HCL 99 99 48 137
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 92 89 50 30
LEVETIRACETAM 90 77 51 72
AVELOX 82 69 52 284
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 80 80 53 80
NEXIUM 79 79 54 28
LEXAPRO 79 78 54 103
ADVAIR DISKUS 78 69 56 37
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 76 64 57 277
ACTOS 75 69 58 89
NASONEX 73 52 59 176
GLIMEPIRIDE 72 72 60 50
BENICAR HCT 70 60 61 120
NABUMETONE 70 50 61 243
LEVOFLOXACIN 69 62 63 96
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 66 63 64 59
JANUVIA 66 55 64 49
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 64 63 66 180
FLUOXETINE HCL 58 36 67 85
LIDODERM 58 58 67 66
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 56 42 69 83
BACLOFEN 55 55 70 95
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 53 53 71 126
SPIRONOLACTONE 51 35 72 71
FENOFIBRATE 51 22 72 109
CELEBREX 51 44 72 90
SEROQUEL 50 46 75 97
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 July 9, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.