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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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32,051Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 5176

$2.95M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 5176

969 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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

5% of this provider’s 969 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 969 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 28,297 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

51% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 30%.

Prescription Price

$92 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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
NEXIUM 1,360 1,134 1 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 949 870 2 11
CRESTOR 926 823 3 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 774 721 4 6
PLAVIX 671 622 5 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 667 600 6 17
FUROSEMIDE 609 573 7 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 594 555 8 2
BYSTOLIC 572 479 9 96
METFORMIN HCL 480 410 10 7
SIMVASTATIN 468 403 11 1
LIDODERM 443 402 12 59
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 396 389 13 44
CARVEDILOL 390 372 14 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 377 337 15 9
CLOPIDOGREL 376 351 16 26
OMEPRAZOLE 364 314 17 3
TAMSULOSIN HCL 363 354 18 20
DIOVAN HCT 341 316 19 39
SYNTHROID 340 320 20 33
BENICAR HCT 328 308 21 110
CREON 326 256 22 111
LOVAZA 324 260 23 43
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 315 267 24 4
DIOVAN 309 298 25 19
CELEBREX 290 236 26 80
PRADAXA 271 263 27 192
JANUVIA 260 245 28 25
LISINOPRIL 254 235 29 5
ADVAIR DISKUS 248 198 30 32
LIPITOR 237 213 31 51
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 236 235 32 10
MICARDIS HCT 231 208 33 180
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 228 169 34 49
DEXILANT 223 212 35 118
NIFEDIPINE ER 213 199 36 48
BENICAR 212 204 37 100
ATENOLOL 211 189 38 12
ALLOPURINOL 205 180 39 41
GLIMEPIRIDE 196 171 40 37
DIGOXIN 196 196 40 56
MECLIZINE HCL 195 187 42 81
NASONEX 193 148 43 178
TRAMADOL HCL 191 190 44 40
WARFARIN SODIUM 190 145 45 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 190 172 45 61
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 186 171 47 14
SPIRIVA 182 134 48 54
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 180 148 R 49 76
LANSOPRAZOLE 180 163 49 113
JANUMET 175 101 51 77
RANITIDINE HCL 174 151 52 36
SPIRONOLACTONE 173 160 53 88
TOPROL XL 173 152 53 227
SOLARAZE 163 130 55 157
DONEPEZIL HCL 159 152 56 28
VOLTAREN 157 148 57 97
MELOXICAM 156 134 58 53
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 149 122 59 35
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 148 148 60 149
SYMBICORT 148 138 60 120
CLONIDINE HCL 147 132 62 79
NAMENDA 147 135 62 47
HYDRALAZINE HCL 143 142 64 73
LABETALOL HCL 141 135 65 114
SINGULAIR 140 95 66 62
ACTOS 139 129 67 85
AZOR 138 130 68 194
FINASTERIDE 136 131 69 69
PREDNISONE 134 115 70 52
GLIPIZIDE 132 112 71 63
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 129 116 72 130
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 128 128 73 34
NITROSTAT 126 120 74 205
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 122 108 75 55
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 120 120 76 89
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 118 110 77 22
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 117 117 78 119
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 117 91 78 94
PROCTOZONE-HC 111 111 80 171
TRAZODONE HCL 110 101 81 71
LEVOFLOXACIN 109 93 82 109
AMITIZA 109 100 82 197
GABAPENTIN 109 107 82 21
AZITHROMYCIN 108 95 85 42
IBUPROFEN 108 95 85 72
OLANZAPINE 107 107 87 140
ALCOHOL SWABS 106 100 88 115
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 105 65 S3 89 27
MICARDIS 103 92 90 154
CITALOPRAM HBR 102 98 91 31
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 101 92 92 160
GLIPIZIDE XL 99 77 93 83
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 96 75 94 38
PROAIR HFA 96 64 94 60
LUNESTA 96 96 94 242
AVODART 95 95 97 107
LEXAPRO 95 91 97 193
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 87 64 99 490
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 87 77 99 23
DICYCLOMINE HCL 84 81 101 224
BUSPIRONE HCL 84 83 101 183
SERTRALINE HCL 84 69 101 30
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 83 73 104 123
SINGLE USE SWAB 82 81 105 108
TOPIRAMATE 82 68 105 314
RANEXA 80 79 107 167
GLIPIZIDE ER 79 78 108 117
VYTORIN 77 63 109 152
AMMONIUM LACTATE 74 69 110 91
COLCRYS 73 61 111 170
NADOLOL 72 47 112 407
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 72 59 112 75
METOLAZONE 70 59 114 271
ZOVIRAX 69 56 115 313
SILVER SULFADIAZINE 69 61 115 207
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 67 65 117 116
MUPIROCIN 67 63 117 182
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 67 67 117 103
COUMADIN 67 67 117 112
NABUMETONE 66 47 121 217
ENDOCET 66 30 S2 121 246
CLOTRIMAZOLE 65 63 123 296
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 65 57 123 363
PAROXETINE HCL 64 59 125 93
AGGRENOX 64 57 125 235
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 61 61 127 74
HYDROCORTISONE 57 54 128 265
CICLOPIROX 57 48 128 279
LACTULOSE 56 56 130 87
AMIODARONE HCL 56 43 130 281
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 55 38 132 84
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 52 50 133 176
PATANOL 52 36 133 158
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 52 50 133 186
METFORMIN HCL ER 51 45 136 57
LEVETIRACETAM 50 45 137 92
KLOR-CON M20 50 33 137 129
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 June 20, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.