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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,424Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 387 out of 2094

$373K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 777 out of 2094

258 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
99%Patients 65 Years and Older
31% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 258 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 7,417 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 32%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 531 531 1 6
SIMVASTATIN 401 395 2 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 306 306 3 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 276 276 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 269 269 5 4
MIRTAZAPINE 268 268 6 43
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 241 241 7 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 194 194 8 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 152 152 9 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 142 142 10 24
LIDODERM 130 130 11 59
NAMENDA 128 128 12 32
DIOVAN 113 113 13 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 96 96 14 47
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 93 93 15 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 89 89 16 17
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 82 82 17 69
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 81 81 18 46
SPIRONOLACTONE 79 79 19 93
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 75 75 20 9
LISINOPRIL 72 72 21 7
CARVEDILOL 71 71 22 19
PLAVIX 69 69 23 38
DIGOXIN 68 68 24 51
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 67 67 25 102
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 65 65 26 75
ATENOLOL 63 63 27 21
GABAPENTIN 58 58 28 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 55 55 29 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 51 51 30 29
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 April 15, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.