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Prescriber Checkup

TED SUSSMAN MD

22 HARTFORD ST SIGRID E TOMPKINS HEALTH CENTER

Houlton | Maine | 04730

(207) 532-4068

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,491Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 247

$1.14M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 247

855 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
77% 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 Maine
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 855 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 855 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 12,734 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$73 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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 Maine
FUROSEMIDE 753 668 1 5
OMEPRAZOLE 473 379 2 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 442 383 3 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 421 380 4 23
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 405 339 5 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 393 372 6 20
LISINOPRIL 388 334 7 2
METFORMIN HCL 385 318 8 12
GABAPENTIN 361 273 9 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 278 265 10 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 260 218 11 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 255 189 S3 12 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 240 199 13 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 232 213 14 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 223 182 15 8
ALLOPURINOL 220 201 16 33
ADVAIR DISKUS 191 163 17 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 189 166 18 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 181 179 19 36
MELOXICAM 163 109 20 70
RANITIDINE HCL 162 138 21 34
SIMVASTATIN 161 138 22 1
SPIRIVA 155 131 23 26
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 155 136 23 40
TAMSULOSIN HCL 154 148 25 31
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 147 101 26 19
ROPINIROLE HCL 145 127 27 69
OXYCODONE HCL 129 73 S2 28 27
GLIMEPIRIDE 125 115 29 80
SERTRALINE HCL 122 70 30 16
PREDNISONE 121 107 31 21
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 119 96 32 51
DIGOXIN 118 96 33 83
TRAZODONE HCL 115 96 34 28
SPIRONOLACTONE 113 93 35 53
FENTANYL 110 105 S2 36 72
LANTUS 108 100 37 39
AZITHROMYCIN 108 81 37 48
TRAMADOL HCL 108 83 37 25
NAMENDA 101 101 40 47
KLOR-CON M20 99 84 41 44
DONEPEZIL HCL 97 92 42 35
GLYBURIDE 89 80 R 43 41
CARVEDILOL 86 60 44 59
LIPITOR 86 85 44 50
ATENOLOL 83 80 46 10
NITROSTAT 82 71 47 111
JANUVIA 80 80 48 56
PEN NEEDLE 77 49 49 79
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 76 68 50 37
NOVOLOG 75 64 51 99
CLOPIDOGREL 75 64 51 70
JANTOVEN 75 52 51 76
DILTIAZEM ER 74 74 54 108
ZOSTAVAX 74 70 54 59
COMBIVENT 73 44 56 63
NEXIUM 72 51 57 42
LYRICA 71 53 58 118
SYMBICORT 70 56 59 92
INSULIN SYRINGE 70 52 59 68
ENABLEX 70 68 59 160
CYMBALTA 68 39 62 52
HUMALOG 67 58 63 78
GEMFIBROZIL 67 53 63 126
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 66 65 128
CRESTOR 65 42 66 30
DIOVAN 65 62 66 38
LOVASTATIN 63 51 68 22
PRADAXA 62 62 69 96
RISPERIDONE 61 42 70 58
ZETIA 60 45 71 62
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 59 52 S3 72 159
PAROXETINE HCL 58 28 73 45
BUPROPION HCL SR 57 26 74 115
MIRTAZAPINE 56 53 75 46
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 56 35 75 64
IBUPROFEN 55 44 77 154
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 53 53 78 90
NAPROXEN 52 44 79 113
DIOVAN HCT 52 40 79 96
VOLTAREN 51 44 81 172
PROAIR HFA 51 31 81 29
OLANZAPINE 50 49 83 106
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 Aug. 25, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.