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Prescriber Checkup

RICHARD SADOWITZ M.D.

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Gastroenterology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,380Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 211

$856K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 211

688 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
63%Patients 65 Years and Older
67% 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 Tennessee
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 2,795 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 31%.

Prescription Price

$159 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $126 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

8 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 5.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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 Tennessee
OMEPRAZOLE 1,024 618 1 1
NEXIUM 479 272 2 2
SUCRALFATE 438 231 10 3 9
RANITIDINE HCL 422 213 4 4
DICYCLOMINE HCL 309 138 5 7
DEXILANT 300 160 6 6
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 282 125 7 5
AMITIZA 172 73 8 20
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 156 87 9 8
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 147 101 10 3
LANSOPRAZOLE 139 93 11 17
PROMETHAZINE HCL 100 34 R 12 13
GLYCOPYRROLATE 75 30 13 71
LACTULOSE 74 26 14 59
PEG-3350 WITH FLAVOR PACKS 64 41 15 10
CHOLESTYRAMINE 55 31 16 89
PROCTOZONE-HC 53 17 17 140
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 19, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.