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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,218Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 35 out of 251

$435K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 28 out of 251

702 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
84% 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

3% of this provider’s 702 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 4,880 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 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 343 260 1 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 270 223 2 9
LISINOPRIL 233 166 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 227 194 4 4
METFORMIN HCL 215 172 5 10
OMEPRAZOLE 192 126 6 5
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 179 143 7 61
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 173 144 8 3
CRESTOR 170 145 9 21
NEXIUM 154 126 10 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 152 135 11 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 121 100 12 8
NIFEDIPINE ER 120 110 13 130
VENTOLIN HFA 118 86 14 76
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 103 87 15 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 97 86 16 39
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 88 70 17 38
ATENOLOL 85 63 18 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 84 69 19 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 82 68 20 19
GABAPENTIN 82 55 20 16
ADVAIR DISKUS 80 50 22 25
CARVEDILOL 73 64 23 41
JANUVIA 71 54 24 82
DIOVAN 64 34 25 23
TRAMADOL HCL 62 42 26 24
LIPITOR 62 54 26 66
METFORMIN HCL ER 62 56 26 65
TAMSULOSIN HCL 58 32 29 32
FUROSEMIDE 57 51 30 6
PROAIR HFA 55 37 31 42
SINGULAIR 54 37 32 111
LANSOPRAZOLE 50 46 33 214
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 7, 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.