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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,202Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 263 out of 5176

$16.1K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5126 out of 5176

257 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
0% 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

8% of this provider’s 257 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 257 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 14,015 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 30%.

Prescription Price

$1 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

55 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 502 502 1 1
ASPIRIN EC 497 497 2 190
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 397 397 3 2
BENGAY ULTRA STRENGTH 389 384 10 4 321
OMEPRAZOLE 335 328 5 3
METFORMIN HCL 318 304 6 7
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 301 301 7 18
VITAMIN D2 247 242 8 214
OYSTER SHELL CALCIUM W-VIT D 227 227 9 308
GABAPENTIN 224 212 10 21
DOCUSATE SODIUM 198 196 11 286
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 185 185 12 4
LOVAZA 179 175 13 43
TAMSULOSIN HCL 164 161 14 20
JANUVIA 161 161 15 25
MULTIVITAMINS 153 153 16 335
OYSCO 500+D 147 147 10 17 413
THERA-M 146 146 10 18 387
PAIN & FEVER 136 136 10 19 375
WARFARIN SODIUM 133 133 20 13
VITAMIN B COMPLEX 133 133 10 20 488
NAMENDA 117 117 22 47
SENNA-GEN 117 117 22 337
VITAMIN D 116 116 24 298
FOSAMAX PLUS D 115 115 10 25 594
SENNO 113 113 10 26 371
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 110 110 27 61
TACTINAL 109 108 10 28 433
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 108 101 29 22
ACTOS 107 103 30 85
ARTIFICIAL TEARS 106 106 31 369
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 105 103 32 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 104 104 33 11
LIDODERM 103 103 34 59
FOLIC ACID 100 100 35 392
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 99 99 36 35
FUROSEMIDE 98 98 37 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 95 92 38 14
CALCIUM WITH VITAMIN D 91 91 39 356
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 89 40 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 87 87 41 28
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 85 85 42 75
THERMACARE 85 85 10 42 520
HYDROPHOR 84 84 10 44 556
CELEBREX 82 82 45 80
REFRESH TEARS 82 82 10 45 522
CRESTOR 79 79 47 15
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 77 76 48 44
ONCE DAILY 76 76 10 49 327
MOISTURIN 75 75 10 50 635
ALLOPURINOL 75 75 50 41
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 74 70 52 6
NEXIUM 71 71 53 16
SYSTANE 67 67 10 54 587
DAILY VITE 67 63 54 334
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 66 66 56 119
OCUVITE 65 65 10 57 539
CYMBALTA 61 61 58 90
REFRESH OPTIVE 60 60 59 575
ASPIR-LOW 59 55 60 469
THEREMS-M 58 58 10 61 681
SERTRALINE HCL 55 55 62 30
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 54 54 R 63 237
TRAMADOL HCL 53 51 64 40
DOCUSIL 52 52 65 344
DOC-Q-LACE 51 51 66 717
CYANOCOBALAMIN INJECTION 51 51 66 717
SINGULAIR 50 50 68 62
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 50 50 68 34
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 Jan. 16, 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.