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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,727Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 50 out of 122

$349K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 37 out of 122

198 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
61%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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 Vermont
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 198 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 198 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 2,296 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$74 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 Vermont
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 237 102 1 4
LIOTHYRONINE SODIUM 197 94 2 104
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 140 68 3 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 130 85 4 27
OMEPRAZOLE 100 40 5 3
TOPIRAMATE 93 38 6 117
GABAPENTIN 90 42 7 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 82 74 8 9
MIRTAZAPINE 77 19 9 61
SERTRALINE HCL 73 31 10 18
LISINOPRIL 73 60 10 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 72 57 12 22
LAMOTRIGINE 68 0 13 147
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 68 24 13 19
SIMVASTATIN 65 34 15 1
OXCARBAZEPINE 64 42 16 152
BUPROPION HCL SR 62 16 17 105
CYMBALTA 60 24 18 62
ATENOLOL 59 40 19 10
FUROSEMIDE 58 47 20 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 57 33 S3 21 16
METFORMIN HCL 54 42 22 14
TRAZODONE HCL 50 0 23 21
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 Feb. 20, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.