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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,571Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 462 out of 2456

$327K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 534 out of 2456

375 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
63%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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

10% of this provider’s 375 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 375 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 4,401 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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
SIMVASTATIN 560 376 1 2
LISINOPRIL 502 356 2 1
METFORMIN HCL 247 184 3 11
OMEPRAZOLE 222 133 4 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 212 144 5 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 189 152 6 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 177 135 7 4
FUROSEMIDE 168 130 8 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 161 128 9 5
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 152 30 S2 10 35
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 138 98 11 13
ATENOLOL 125 109 12 6
GLYBURIDE 89 76 R 13 40
GLIPIZIDE 85 54 14 46
CRESTOR 72 53 15 25
CARVEDILOL 69 69 16 54
TRAMADOL HCL 67 13 17 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 64 23 18 28
CLOPIDOGREL 63 51 19 55
CLONIDINE HCL 60 41 20 111
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 59 49 21 15
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 58 43 22 30
WARFARIN SODIUM 57 35 23 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 55 50 24 12
NEXIUM 53 28 25 80
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 38 25 41
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 50 27 27 94
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 50 46 R 27 83
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 50 48 27 19
SERTRALINE HCL 50 36 27 21
JANUVIA 50 32 27 81
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 6, 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.