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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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49,992Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 5176

$3.44M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 5176

1,037 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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 York
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 1,037 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 1,037 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 43,096 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

37% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 30%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

48 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 1,984 1,769 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 1,722 1,462 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,509 1,354 3 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,423 1,216 4 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 1,264 1,129 5 17
FUROSEMIDE 1,212 1,122 6 8
NEXIUM 1,087 923 7 16
METFORMIN HCL 1,016 885 8 7
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 1,014 940 9 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 963 815 10 9
NAPROXEN 799 699 10 11 95
NIFEDIPINE ER 794 705 10 12 48
GABAPENTIN 738 589 13 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 709 605 14 10
GLIPIZIDE 676 529 15 63
CRESTOR 669 557 16 15
CLOPIDOGREL 650 583 17 26
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 615 570 18 14
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 598 573 19 116
TRAMADOL HCL 574 514 20 40
TAMSULOSIN HCL 536 516 21 20
AMMONIUM LACTATE 535 485 22 91
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 522 491 23 4
MECLIZINE HCL 515 497 24 81
VENTOLIN HFA 507 411 25 64
DESOXIMETASONE 502 451 10 26 278
PLAVIX 499 448 27 29
SOLARAZE 493 463 10 28 157
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 490 461 29 89
CARVEDILOL 477 431 30 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 458 392 31 11
JANUMET 454 403 32 77
DIOVAN HCT 446 334 33 39
LISINOPRIL 406 318 34 5
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 405 340 R 35 76
JANUVIA 404 341 36 25
DONEPEZIL HCL 388 382 37 28
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 376 288 38 70
PROAIR HFA 373 303 39 60
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 359 342 40 44
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 357 341 41 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 352 313 42 34
SINGULAIR 349 281 43 62
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 348 282 44 94
LOVAZA 348 270 44 43
IBUPROFEN 346 261 46 72
ADVAIR DISKUS 341 248 47 32
ATENOLOL 304 280 48 12
VOLTAREN 302 266 49 97
ATELVIA 289 275 50 146
TRILIPIX 285 262 51 187
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 281 272 52 18
HYDROXYZINE HCL 280 236 R 53 213
DIOVAN 270 236 54 19
ENALAPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 249 179 55 212
AZITHROMYCIN 244 195 56 42
FAMOTIDINE 213 189 57 58
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 212 190 58 55
LIDODERM 206 200 59 59
SPIRIVA 196 152 60 54
UNIFINE PENTIPS 196 149 10 60 261
SYMBICORT 195 172 62 120
GLIPIZIDE XL 194 185 63 83
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 190 150 64 123
RAMIPRIL 189 163 65 50
SINGLE USE SWAB 189 126 65 108
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 180 137 67 38
AVODART 176 172 68 107
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 165 139 69 344
LEXAPRO 161 152 70 193
ZETIA 161 128 70 68
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 155 134 72 200
WARFARIN SODIUM 155 149 72 13
QUINAPRIL HCL 152 131 74 82
LACTULOSE 151 142 75 87
RANITIDINE HCL 149 128 76 36
LANTUS 149 107 76 66
GLIMEPIRIDE 147 135 78 37
LIPITOR 145 118 79 51
NITROSTAT 145 134 79 205
LANSOPRAZOLE 144 141 81 113
ACTOS 140 129 82 85
CLONIDINE HCL 137 101 83 79
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 128 106 84 75
ENDOCET 125 53 S2 85 246
PROCTOZONE-HC 125 121 85 171
CILOSTAZOL 121 121 87 206
SERTRALINE HCL 121 89 87 30
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 119 94 89 119
PAROXETINE HCL 118 103 90 93
MUPIROCIN 117 104 91 182
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 117 74 S2 91 101
LYRICA 111 99 93 133
NASONEX 108 95 94 178
KLOR-CON 10 107 107 95 225
INSULIN SYRINGE 106 82 96 137
CITALOPRAM HBR 105 81 97 31
MELOXICAM 103 84 98 53
LIDOCAINE 102 88 99 179
CYPROHEPTADINE HCL 100 97 R 100 551
ALCOHOL SWABS 99 85 101 115
FENOFIBRATE 97 77 102 102
DIGOXIN 97 71 102 56
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 92 91 104 23
NAMENDA 92 83 104 47
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 92 39 S3 104 27
FINASTERIDE 92 92 104 69
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 91 72 108 160
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 90 88 109 105
ATROVENT HFA 90 84 109 307
KETOCONAZOLE 90 79 109 233
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 71 112 49
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 89 78 S3 112 127
PROVENTIL HFA 87 64 114 226
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 86 73 115 84
LEVETIRACETAM 86 44 115 92
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 85 82 117 61
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 85 74 117 290
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 85 67 R 117 143
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 84 56 120 292
MIRTAZAPINE 84 65 120 45
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 84 40 120 232
HYDRALAZINE HCL 79 66 123 73
SPIRONOLACTONE 79 69 123 88
BACTROBAN 78 58 10 125 462
ALLOPURINOL 78 74 125 41
LABETALOL HCL 76 46 127 114
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 76 68 127 74
GLIPIZIDE ER 75 75 129 117
COMBIVENT 75 52 129 156
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 74 44 131 196
PREDNISONE 74 62 131 52
TRICOR 73 73 133 148
DILTIAZEM ER 70 56 134 277
BUSPIRONE HCL 70 68 134 183
CICLOPIROX 69 66 136 279
LOVASTATIN 68 68 137 46
VESICARE 67 51 138 210
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 66 42 139 176
LOPERAMIDE 66 59 139 329
PEN NEEDLE 62 55 141 144
ALCOHOL PREP PADS 62 54 141 198
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 61 45 143 125
EASY TOUCH 61 55 143 594
PRANDIN 60 54 145 150
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 60 50 145 98
NOVOLIN 70-30 59 58 147 287
CELEBREX 59 46 147 80
MEGESTROL ACETATE 59 59 R 147 263
SEROQUEL 58 51 150 166
LUNESTA 57 34 151 242
AMITIZA 57 57 151 197
RISPERIDONE 56 43 153 78
WELCHOL 56 56 153 230
NOVOFINE 32 55 34 155 540
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 55 36 155 288
HYDROCORTISONE 54 49 157 265
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 53 43 158 103
HUMULIN 70-30 53 53 158 328
GLYBURIDE 52 52 R 160 67
DEXILANT 52 38 160 118
VYTORIN 52 51 160 152
ABILIFY 51 37 163 273
METOLAZONE 51 50 163 271
BENAZEPRIL HCL 50 43 165 131
CLOTRIMAZOLE 50 49 165 296
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 50 45 R 165 237
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 March 17, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.