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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,899Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 62 out of 251

$285K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 72 out of 251

330 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
26% 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 Hampshire
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 330 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 330 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 4,062 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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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 Hampshire
SIMVASTATIN 255 236 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 254 210 2 4
LISINOPRIL 254 202 2 2
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 176 140 4 48
ATENOLOL 175 149 5 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 170 152 6 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 153 135 7 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 130 102 8 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 117 105 9 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 109 104 10 9
METFORMIN HCL 103 74 11 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 93 58 12 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 92 79 13 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 90 69 14 19
OMEPRAZOLE 89 82 15 5
FUROSEMIDE 82 70 16 6
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 80 56 17 20
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 61 18 95
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 64 63 19 39
CITALOPRAM HBR 57 44 20 15
SPIRIVA 53 53 21 37
SYNTHROID 52 52 22 71
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.