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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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46,267Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 2456

$3.37M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 2456

726 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%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

13% of this provider’s 726 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 726 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 30,225 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$73 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

64 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 3,136 2,723 1 9
FUROSEMIDE 1,523 1,154 2 8
SIMVASTATIN 1,442 998 3 2
LISINOPRIL 1,359 957 4 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,348 1,018 5 4
OMEPRAZOLE 1,325 707 6 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,193 909 7 10
TRAZODONE HCL 1,072 646 8 17
MIRTAZAPINE 1,002 803 9 29
RISPERIDONE 857 587 10 50
GABAPENTIN 736 444 11 16
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 705 439 12 51
SERTRALINE HCL 677 405 13 21
METFORMIN HCL 670 461 14 11
OLANZAPINE 637 435 15 57
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 634 336 16 47
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 614 499 17 5
SPIRIVA 485 317 18 43
TAMSULOSIN HCL 466 366 19 32
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 447 197 R 20 126
ATENOLOL 434 335 21 6
CLOZAPINE 425 139 22 75
TRAMADOL HCL 423 229 23 24
ADVAIR DISKUS 421 301 24 36
CRESTOR 394 179 25 25
CITALOPRAM HBR 393 267 26 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 379 276 27 12
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 373 242 28 85
LEVEMIR 370 233 10 29 174
ABILIFY 366 186 30 95
LANTUS 355 213 31 44
FAMOTIDINE 355 212 31 84
CYMBALTA 342 168 33 65
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 337 214 34 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 320 286 35 23
GENERLAC 319 144 10 36 142
NOVOLOG 312 204 37 100
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 311 203 38 7
RANITIDINE HCL 309 191 39 31
GLIPIZIDE 272 220 40 46
LAMOTRIGINE 262 65 41 120
LIDODERM 261 234 42 58
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 260 141 S3 43 20
SEROQUEL 252 152 44 102
CEFPODOXIME PROXETIL 246 185 10 45 240
EXELON 244 222 46 161
PREDNISONE 239 158 47 39
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 235 167 48 92
KLOR-CON M20 235 163 48 69
ENULOSE 233 93 10 50 193
ALLOPURINOL 229 180 51 27
FLUOXETINE HCL 225 92 52 45
DIGOXIN 212 178 53 49
LEVETIRACETAM 212 108 53 90
HALOPERIDOL 205 147 55 137
LEVOFLOXACIN 196 139 56 103
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 194 142 57 33
BACLOFEN 189 20 58 112
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 188 176 59 82
NYSTOP 186 117 60 125
NAMENDA 185 175 61 42
OXYCODONE HCL 181 79 S2 62 38
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 180 144 63 19
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 178 89 64 94
NOVOLIN R 171 117 65 173
VANCOMYCIN HCL 170 87 66 180
DIOVAN 169 150 67 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 168 113 68 37
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 162 122 69 87
PAROXETINE HCL 160 113 70 56
GLYBURIDE 159 100 R 71 40
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 151 72 72 186
CLOPIDOGREL 150 115 73 55
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 146 83 74 64
RISPERDAL CONSTA 145 57 75 286
LACTULOSE 144 106 76 88
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 143 103 77 48
BUPROPION HCL SR 142 87 78 119
CEPHALEXIN 140 106 79 153
LITHIUM CARBONATE 135 49 80 185
TAMIFLU 132 109 81 217
DILANTIN 131 69 82 212
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 130 81 83 147
COMBIVENT 130 93 83 132
FINASTERIDE 126 113 85 66
OLANZAPINE ODT 126 28 85 305
PROAIR HFA 123 52 87 22
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 123 35 S2 87 35
LIDOCAINE HCL 122 75 89 262
NYSTATIN 106 57 90 99
TERAZOSIN HCL 106 80 90 76
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 106 28 R 90 77
AVODART 104 82 93 312
SPIRONOLACTONE 103 59 94 73
IBUPROFEN 103 53 94 52
HUMALOG 102 53 96 123
CARVEDILOL 100 70 97 54
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 97 70 98 140
HEPARIN SODIUM 96 19 99 256
PROPRANOLOL HCL 94 70 100 108
PLAVIX 93 70 101 79
OXYCONTIN 92 51 S2 102 129
ROPINIROLE HCL 92 67 102 148
LATANOPROST 91 86 104 156
CARBAMAZEPINE 90 33 105 155
HYDROCORTISONE 89 32 106 234
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 85 67 107 231
GLIMEPIRIDE 83 61 108 74
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 82 29 109 170
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 82 32 109 295
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 81 81 111 296
HYDROXYZINE HCL 80 32 R 112 177
BUPROPION HCL 80 43 112 210
ERYTHROMYCIN 79 61 114 241
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 79 42 114 30
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 79 40 114 178
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 77 74 117 78
AZITHROMYCIN 77 55 117 60
BUSPIRONE HCL 76 23 119 157
TOPIRAMATE 74 12 120 162
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 74 74 120 113
SYMBICORT 73 25 122 138
NIASPAN 73 33 122 181
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 72 32 124 28
FENTANYL 70 45 S2 125 115
FLUPHENAZINE HCL 70 32 125 334
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 69 54 127 152
METRONIDAZOLE 68 59 128 310
ONDANSETRON HCL 68 35 128 339
VALPROIC ACID 67 23 130 261
HYDRALAZINE HCL 65 37 131 105
AMITIZA 65 54 131 336
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 64 63 133 116
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 62 46 134 166
INVANZ 61 34 135 351
PERPHENAZINE 61 35 135 306
LYRICA 61 28 135 199
LOVAZA 61 32 135 219
NITROFURANTOIN 59 53 139 224
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 59 30 139 131
RELENZA 58 54 10 141 456
VENLAFAXINE HCL 56 16 142 188
FORTAZ IN ISO-OSMOTIC DEXTROSE 55 20 10 143 468
DILTIAZEM HCL 54 54 144 207
VENTOLIN HFA 54 20 144 210
RENVELA 54 0 144 282
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 53 0 S2 147 101
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 53 35 147 183
VESICARE 53 41 147 205
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 52 32 150 134
GLIPIZIDE ER 51 24 151 89
NIFEDIPINE ER 51 34 151 61
JALYN 51 32 151 486
SEROQUEL XR 51 16 151 288
METHIMAZOLE 50 50 155 248
CEFTRIAXONE 50 44 155 236
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 Dec. 14, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.