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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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41,198Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 2094

$2.48M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 2094

1,096 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
83% 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 Jersey
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 1,096 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 1,096 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 35,648 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 32%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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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 Jersey
FUROSEMIDE 1,570 1,443 1 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,514 1,369 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,242 1,162 3 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,036 924 4 11
SIMVASTATIN 1,017 911 5 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 963 890 6 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 838 715 7 9
GABAPENTIN 764 622 8 23
LISINOPRIL 757 696 9 7
NAMENDA 713 711 10 32
MIRTAZAPINE 708 664 11 43
SERTRALINE HCL 690 622 12 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 662 638 13 20
RISPERIDONE 622 536 14 56
CARVEDILOL 595 523 15 19
OMEPRAZOLE 541 483 16 4
FAMOTIDINE 541 518 16 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 532 484 18 47
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 516 471 19 24
METFORMIN HCL 426 363 20 8
TRAZODONE HCL 425 349 21 72
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 412 357 22 46
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 392 353 23 75
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 390 342 S2 24 40
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 387 349 25 18
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 387 363 25 57
CLOPIDOGREL 378 348 27 22
TAMSULOSIN HCL 371 286 28 29
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 371 339 28 71
HYDRALAZINE HCL 337 294 30 89
DIGOXIN 334 323 31 51
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 317 289 32 90
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 316 221 33 69
RANITIDINE HCL 309 281 34 80
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 307 283 35 5
CYMBALTA 294 231 36 61
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 287 247 S3 37 42
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 284 170 38 14
LANTUS 273 226 39 66
TRAMADOL HCL 257 244 40 33
PLAVIX 256 238 41 38
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 243 197 42 37
LYRICA 242 168 43 85
ALLOPURINOL 238 206 44 50
LEVETIRACETAM 231 162 45 78
FENTANYL 217 176 S2 46 68
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 216 195 47 12
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 216 192 47 102
PREDNISONE 214 199 49 54
RAMIPRIL 209 178 50 48
SPIRONOLACTONE 207 177 51 93
GLIMEPIRIDE 202 171 52 31
SANTYL 200 153 53 114
FINASTERIDE 194 170 54 97
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 193 165 S2 55 192
ATENOLOL 193 177 55 21
IBUPROFEN 188 125 57 73
KLOR-CON M20 182 145 58 106
LEVOFLOXACIN 178 151 59 70
PAROXETINE HCL 165 111 60 77
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 161 161 61 101
DIOVAN 157 141 62 13
JANUVIA 150 137 63 35
GLIPIZIDE 146 140 64 82
ABILIFY 145 120 65 165
ADVAIR DISKUS 142 137 66 36
SPIRIVA 141 136 67 60
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 141 117 67 30
DILTIAZEM HCL 140 112 69 292
SEROQUEL 135 124 70 172
CEPHALEXIN 134 130 71 201
OXYCONTIN 134 64 S2 71 98
TRAVATAN Z 128 112 73 189
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 126 109 74 107
OXYCODONE HCL 122 88 S2 75 63
PROCRIT 121 121 76 271
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 120 107 77 182
PRANDIN 119 101 78 125
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 117 88 79 25
NYSTATIN 115 95 80 167
AMIODARONE HCL 111 110 81 175
MUPIROCIN 110 95 82 117
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 107 106 83 17
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 107 88 83 81
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 106 84 85 207
KLOR-CON 10 106 93 85 171
LIDODERM 106 93 85 59
KLOR-CON M10 104 104 88 190
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 103 81 89 243
SINGULAIR 101 87 90 64
CLONIDINE HCL 99 56 91 62
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 97 51 92 273
BACLOFEN 95 57 93 166
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 93 75 94 41
CRESTOR 93 69 94 15
KETOCONAZOLE 92 71 96 196
LACTULOSE 92 72 96 65
HUMULIN 70-30 89 75 98 279
NITROFURANTOIN 88 76 99 317
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 88 76 99 183
LATANOPROST 86 81 101 153
VANCOMYCIN HCL 86 76 101 308
LEXAPRO 85 81 103 180
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 84 84 104 138
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 84 82 104 92
LIPITOR 83 71 106 39
TIMOLOL MALEATE 83 83 106 304
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 80 80 108 176
NYSTOP 80 68 108 286
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 79 72 110 186
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 78 78 111 110
AGGRENOX 78 64 111 260
FLUOXETINE HCL 78 77 111 139
PHENYTOIN 78 78 111 295
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 76 41 115 58
AMMONIUM LACTATE 76 64 115 185
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 75 55 117 187
MORPHINE SULFATE 75 67 S2 117 405
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 67 117 55
MIDODRINE HCL 74 64 120 372
NEXIUM 74 64 120 16
NOVOLOG 72 61 122 116
EXELON 71 71 123 111
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 71 49 S2 123 225
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 71 61 123 173
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 70 70 126 247
OLANZAPINE 69 35 127 113
MECLIZINE HCL 69 69 127 103
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 68 60 129 265
METOLAZONE 65 63 130 216
VENLAFAXINE HCL 65 50 130 382
RIVASTIGMINE 63 63 132 387
TERAZOSIN HCL 63 61 132 240
VERAPAMIL ER 63 54 132 161
FENOFIBRATE 63 49 132 104
HUMALOG 62 46 136 164
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 61 28 S2 137 119
SPS 60 53 138 351
ROPINIROLE HCL 59 45 139 235
AMANTADINE 59 31 139 486
METFORMIN HCL ER 56 40 141 67
CARBAMAZEPINE 56 34 141 206
LOVASTATIN 56 56 141 121
TRICOR 56 44 141 99
PATANOL 55 55 145 198
MELOXICAM 55 49 145 49
BENAZEPRIL HCL 54 54 147 154
LOVAZA 54 26 147 53
BUSPIRONE HCL 54 48 147 159
ALPHAGAN P 54 50 147 509
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 53 52 151 356
CALCITRIOL 52 51 152 375
METRONIDAZOLE 50 41 153 290
HEPARIN SODIUM 50 31 153 244
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 March 3, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.