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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,023Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 81 out of 2456

$775K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 81 out of 2456

270 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
85% 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 Massachusetts
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 270 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 270 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 11,715 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

52 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 Massachusetts
WARFARIN SODIUM 882 680 1 9
SIMVASTATIN 516 453 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 438 414 3 4
FUROSEMIDE 406 373 4 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 375 327 5 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 344 328 6 14
TRAZODONE HCL 334 296 7 17
GABAPENTIN 301 250 8 16
OMEPRAZOLE 283 199 9 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 282 267 10 33
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 253 236 11 5
GLYBURIDE 236 212 R 12 40
DONEPEZIL HCL 227 224 13 23
LISINOPRIL 219 166 14 1
RAMIPRIL 194 194 15 158
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 192 170 16 7
TRAMADOL HCL 164 136 17 24
LANTUS 160 134 18 44
MIRTAZAPINE 159 128 19 29
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 159 111 S3 19 20
ATENOLOL 157 136 21 6
NAMENDA 154 151 22 42
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 152 147 23 13
RISPERIDONE 151 151 24 50
METFORMIN HCL 146 108 25 11
ALLOPURINOL 129 118 26 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 121 105 27 12
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 116 116 28 47
RANITIDINE HCL 110 110 29 31
PREDNISONE 110 91 29 39
NYSTATIN 110 106 29 99
OXYCODONE HCL 99 55 S2 32 38
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 96 92 33 48
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 89 56 34 51
OLANZAPINE 87 57 35 57
SERTRALINE HCL 87 41 35 21
ADVAIR DISKUS 85 74 37 36
JANUVIA 83 71 38 81
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 80 63 39 87
SPIRONOLACTONE 79 77 40 73
DIGOXIN 77 77 41 49
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 74 43 42 165
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 73 48 43 19
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 70 36 S2 44 35
CLOPIDOGREL 67 67 45 55
LOVASTATIN 66 53 46 34
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 61 47 47 30
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 59 54 48 18
NOVOLOG 58 43 49 100
SEROQUEL 57 57 50 102
PAROXETINE HCL 56 44 51 56
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 54 51 52 113
PROPRANOLOL HCL 54 26 52 108
FENOFIBRATE 54 47 52 68
METHIMAZOLE 53 42 55 248
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 52 20 56 170
BACLOFEN 52 30 56 112
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 51 49 58 28
ABILIFY 51 38 58 95
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 50 50 60 134
LABETALOL HCL 50 50 60 128
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 Aug. 2, 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.