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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,768Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 253 out of 1006

$421K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 300 out of 1006

342 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
23% 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 Connecticut
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 342 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 6,233 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 29%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $71 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 Connecticut
SIMVASTATIN 416 389 1 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 266 266 2 8
LISINOPRIL 255 236 3 3
MIRTAZAPINE 214 214 4 26
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 185 170 5 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 184 172 6 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 177 135 7 2
OMEPRAZOLE 177 172 7 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 175 156 9 4
GABAPENTIN 159 159 10 20
FUROSEMIDE 149 145 11 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 143 127 12 14
CYMBALTA 137 137 13 41
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 136 132 14 45
DONEPEZIL HCL 127 127 15 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 117 108 16 12
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 114 112 17 27
NAMENDA 107 107 18 34
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 106 104 19 5
TRAZODONE HCL 102 99 20 21
CITALOPRAM HBR 74 70 21 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 73 73 22 22
CARVEDILOL 67 65 23 36
CRESTOR 64 43 24 18
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 63 63 25 126
ATENOLOL 62 61 26 13
METFORMIN HCL 61 59 27 10
ADVAIR DISKUS 56 43 28 37
SEROQUEL 52 50 29 97
SPIRIVA 52 52 29 48
PREDNISONE 52 50 29 33
CLOPIDOGREL 50 48 32 46
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 June 16, 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.