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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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34,667Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 2456

$2.18M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 2456

691 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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 Massachusetts
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 691 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 691 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 29,141 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

50 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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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 Massachusetts
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,245 1,133 1 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,228 1,123 2 4
SIMVASTATIN 1,140 979 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 1,072 913 4 8
MIRTAZAPINE 970 885 5 29
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 968 820 6 10
TRAZODONE HCL 925 807 7 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 797 771 8 23
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 746 639 9 5
LISINOPRIL 721 614 10 1
GABAPENTIN 690 541 11 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 686 589 12 14
NAMENDA 651 651 13 42
RISPERIDONE 579 493 14 50
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 530 465 15 47
LANTUS 510 387 16 44
SERTRALINE HCL 508 457 17 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 483 423 18 33
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 466 398 19 51
CARVEDILOL 371 312 20 54
METFORMIN HCL 366 305 21 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 359 326 22 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 358 297 23 32
NOVOLOG 318 232 24 100
PREDNISONE 317 230 25 39
OMEPRAZOLE 315 227 26 3
CYMBALTA 310 215 27 65
ABILIFY 299 238 28 95
GLIPIZIDE 281 240 29 46
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 269 254 30 48
LIDODERM 267 225 31 58
RAMIPRIL 263 231 32 158
SPIRIVA 247 186 33 43
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 247 221 33 82
ADVAIR DISKUS 238 215 35 36
OLANZAPINE 229 210 36 57
ATENOLOL 227 212 37 6
TRAMADOL HCL 222 192 38 24
SEROQUEL 216 205 39 102
DIGOXIN 201 188 40 49
CLOPIDOGREL 199 166 41 55
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 198 190 42 113
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 190 140 43 12
BACLOFEN 188 156 44 112
LATANOPROST 181 176 45 156
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 166 153 S3 46 20
FLUOXETINE HCL 166 114 46 45
LEVETIRACETAM 165 130 48 90
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 164 141 49 186
SODIUM CHLORIDE 158 40 50 319
DIOVAN 156 128 51 26
HUMALOG 154 129 52 123
GENERLAC 152 109 53 142
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 151 129 54 85
ALLOPURINOL 148 136 55 27
HYDRALAZINE HCL 145 116 56 105
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 144 129 57 116
VANCOMYCIN HCL 143 94 58 180
NYSTATIN 143 122 58 99
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 140 111 60 30
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 138 115 61 165
FINASTERIDE 138 134 61 66
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 134 111 63 166
OXYCODONE HCL 131 105 S2 64 38
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 131 91 64 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 129 111 66 7
PLAVIX 126 112 67 79
ROPINIROLE HCL 120 98 68 148
SPIRONOLACTONE 119 81 69 73
CLONIDINE HCL 112 79 70 111
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 110 108 71 283
LAMOTRIGINE 108 87 72 120
CEPHALEXIN 105 84 73 153
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 105 89 73 140
MUPIROCIN 104 74 75 209
CARBAMAZEPINE 104 66 75 155
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 103 87 77 94
FORTICAL 101 101 78 269
LITHIUM CARBONATE 95 44 79 185
FAMOTIDINE 89 82 80 84
AVELOX 88 75 81 410
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 87 82 82 15
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 86 76 83 87
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 86 86 83 134
LEVOFLOXACIN 82 69 85 103
VESICARE 82 81 85 205
TIMOLOL MALEATE 81 69 87 231
BUPROPION HCL 81 48 87 210
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 81 76 87 330
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 80 65 90 37
NEXIUM 80 65 90 80
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 80 59 90 18
OXCARBAZEPINE 80 39 90 190
PAROXETINE HCL 76 64 94 56
TERAZOSIN HCL 76 76 94 76
GLYBURIDE 75 64 R 96 40
HALOPERIDOL 75 62 96 137
TIZANIDINE HCL 75 58 96 212
CLOZAPINE 74 66 99 75
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 74 55 99 249
TOPIRAMATE 73 28 101 162
CLONIDINE 73 40 101 428
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 72 61 103 374
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 70 49 104 178
METRONIDAZOLE 68 64 105 310
SYMBICORT 68 46 105 138
VENLAFAXINE HCL 68 63 105 188
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 67 58 108 131
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 67 66 108 152
OXYCONTIN 67 55 S2 108 129
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 66 37 111 170
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 66 51 111 92
BUPROPION HCL SR 66 17 111 119
NIFEDIPINE ER 65 61 114 61
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 61 53 115 147
COLCRYS 60 49 116 171
BUMETANIDE 58 58 117 167
SEROQUEL XR 58 42 117 288
AMOXICILLIN 58 52 117 191
AGGRENOX 58 58 117 246
STROMECTOL 57 47 121 385
HYDROXYZINE HCL 56 26 R 122 177
CALCITONIN-SALMON 56 56 122 249
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 55 44 124 220
DILTIAZEM ER 55 55 124 198
METHENAMINE HIPPURATE 54 48 126 237
PROPRANOLOL HCL 54 29 126 108
FENTANYL 53 44 S2 128 115
RANITIDINE HCL 51 45 129 31
PROCRIT 51 44 129 355
DILANTIN 50 36 131 212
INSULIN SYRINGE 50 46 131 72
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 50 50 131 71
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 5, 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.