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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,717Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 52 out of 5176

$1.87M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 61 out of 5176

443 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%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
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this specialty
in New York
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 443 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 443 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 22,515 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

52% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 30%.

Prescription Price

$79 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

54 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
NEXIUM 973 934 1 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 732 718 2 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 721 693 3 17
CRESTOR 683 660 4 15
SIMVASTATIN 619 574 5 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 597 558 6 6
FUROSEMIDE 565 562 7 8
PLAVIX 471 459 8 29
SYNTHROID 466 448 9 33
LIDODERM 412 396 10 59
TAMSULOSIN HCL 407 399 11 20
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 392 372 12 44
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 389 368 13 2
CARVEDILOL 353 337 14 24
DIOVAN 352 345 15 19
GLIMEPIRIDE 340 320 16 37
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 324 307 17 9
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 321 312 R 18 76
COUMADIN 320 319 19 112
DIOVAN HCT 312 289 20 39
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 305 280 21 35
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 281 273 22 116
MECLIZINE HCL 268 268 23 81
CLOPIDOGREL 267 264 24 26
JANUVIA 258 233 25 25
METFORMIN HCL 247 246 26 7
BENICAR HCT 239 239 27 110
LOVAZA 238 210 28 43
ATENOLOL 233 219 29 12
CREON 222 215 30 111
OMEPRAZOLE 203 184 31 3
RANITIDINE HCL 187 187 32 36
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 182 180 33 18
LISINOPRIL 179 155 34 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 178 166 35 55
LIPITOR 178 172 35 51
VOLTAREN 171 168 37 97
SOLARAZE 158 157 38 157
DONEPEZIL HCL 156 156 39 28
CLONIDINE HCL 155 148 40 79
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 154 148 41 14
ZETIA 147 130 42 68
ALLOPURINOL 143 122 43 41
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 134 108 44 22
DIGOXIN 132 129 45 56
BYSTOLIC 129 116 46 96
ADVAIR DISKUS 128 119 47 32
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 128 128 47 23
AVODART 127 127 49 107
LANSOPRAZOLE 122 116 50 113
NITROSTAT 122 112 50 205
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 118 106 52 89
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 118 118 52 34
BENICAR 117 117 54 100
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 116 114 55 94
TRICOR 113 113 56 148
ACTOS 111 110 57 85
BUSPIRONE HCL 107 107 58 183
NAMENDA 104 104 59 47
PRADAXA 102 102 60 192
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 102 89 S3 60 27
JANUMET 99 76 62 77
ALCOHOL SWABS 99 92 62 115
GABAPENTIN 99 79 62 21
LIDOCAINE 98 91 65 179
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 97 97 66 10
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 96 94 S3 67 127
NAPROXEN 95 89 68 95
PROAIR HFA 94 73 69 60
FINASTERIDE 89 81 70 69
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 85 85 71 149
CELEBREX 85 83 71 80
AZOR 82 82 73 194
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 81 80 74 119
ACTOPLUS MET 78 78 75 268
PRANDIN 78 78 75 150
AZITHROMYCIN 75 69 77 42
TOPROL XL 74 74 78 227
MICARDIS HCT 74 74 78 180
RAMIPRIL 74 61 78 50
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 73 62 81 4
LYRICA 72 72 82 133
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 71 71 83 98
DEXILANT 71 71 83 118
SPIRIVA 70 70 85 54
VYTORIN 70 70 85 152
TRAMADOL HCL 68 65 87 40
MIRTAZAPINE 66 66 88 45
DICYCLOMINE HCL 66 62 88 224
ENALAPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 66 88 212
AMITIZA 66 66 88 197
WARFARIN SODIUM 64 62 92 13
AMMONIUM LACTATE 62 57 93 91
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 62 45 93 103
EXFORGE 62 62 93 126
CILOSTAZOL 61 60 96 206
GLIPIZIDE XL 61 61 96 83
COLCRYS 60 57 98 170
LEXAPRO 57 54 99 193
PROCTOZONE-HC 56 56 100 171
SINGULAIR 52 52 101 62
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 52 52 101 161
SINGLE USE SWAB 52 49 101 108
MELOXICAM 52 52 101 53
EXELON 51 51 105 162
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 Dec. 5, 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.