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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,930Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 73 out of 5176

$1.86M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 63 out of 5176

679 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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
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this specialty
in New York
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 679 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 679 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 20,209 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

53% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 30%.

Prescription Price

$85 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 York
NEXIUM 810 786 1 16
CRESTOR 660 608 2 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 644 619 3 11
SYNTHROID 638 605 4 33
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 558 519 5 2
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 474 436 6 17
SIMVASTATIN 470 448 7 1
PLAVIX 452 445 8 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 409 396 9 9
FUROSEMIDE 390 357 10 8
LIDODERM 369 366 11 59
TAMSULOSIN HCL 360 356 12 20
JANUVIA 340 320 13 25
GLIMEPIRIDE 335 303 14 37
LIPITOR 322 318 15 51
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 299 286 16 6
ALCOHOL SWABS 297 251 10 17 115
CLOPIDOGREL 293 286 18 26
DIOVAN 254 250 19 19
LOVAZA 252 226 20 43
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 216 216 21 44
JANUMET 215 198 22 77
OMEPRAZOLE 208 189 23 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 207 193 24 55
VOLTAREN 201 196 25 97
COUMADIN 199 183 26 112
RAMIPRIL 199 187 26 50
ATENOLOL 194 194 28 12
CREON 191 191 29 111
DIOVAN HCT 188 172 30 39
BENICAR 187 187 31 100
BYSTOLIC 185 180 32 96
AZOR 174 159 33 194
MECLIZINE HCL 167 167 34 81
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 166 137 35 22
EXFORGE 160 153 36 126
ZETIA 159 159 37 68
LISINOPRIL 149 139 38 5
METFORMIN HCL 148 107 39 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 135 130 40 34
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 133 130 41 35
CARVEDILOL 133 122 41 24
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 131 129 43 202
RANEXA 126 126 44 167
PROCTOZONE-HC 126 126 44 171
GABAPENTIN 122 107 46 21
TRAMADOL HCL 122 106 46 40
PROAIR HFA 121 105 48 60
DEXILANT 118 113 49 118
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 117 85 50 4
LABETALOL HCL 114 114 51 114
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 110 96 52 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 108 98 53 14
CELEBREX 106 89 54 80
AMMONIUM LACTATE 104 92 55 91
SINGULAIR 103 77 56 62
PRADAXA 103 103 56 192
HYDRALAZINE HCL 102 101 58 73
ADVAIR DISKUS 99 86 59 32
BENICAR HCT 99 95 59 110
LANSOPRAZOLE 98 84 61 113
NITROSTAT 97 97 62 205
MOMETASONE FUROATE 95 82 63 251
DONEPEZIL HCL 94 94 64 28
SERTRALINE HCL 93 68 65 30
DIGOXIN 91 83 66 56
MELOXICAM 91 77 66 53
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 89 89 68 149
RANITIDINE HCL 88 88 69 36
DICYCLOMINE HCL 88 87 69 224
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 85 72 71 23
LACTULOSE 81 70 72 87
AVODART 80 80 73 107
MICARDIS HCT 80 74 73 180
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 79 59 S3 75 127
MICARDIS 77 72 76 154
IBUPROFEN 77 52 76 72
AZITHROMYCIN 76 68 78 42
EXFORGE HCT 74 69 79 266
BONIVA 74 74 79 236
SPIRIVA 72 61 81 54
PRANDIN 68 68 82 150
VENTOLIN HFA 67 35 83 64
FINASTERIDE 66 60 84 69
AMITIZA 66 66 84 197
NAMENDA 65 65 86 47
LOPERAMIDE 65 64 86 329
ONGLYZA 64 64 88 153
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 61 52 S3 89 27
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 60 42 90 70
SPIRONOLACTONE 60 60 90 88
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 59 49 92 89
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 58 47 93 84
LEXAPRO 55 55 94 193
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 54 52 95 94
DETROL LA 54 54 95 249
NASONEX 54 48 95 178
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 54 52 95 74
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 54 54 95 18
LYRICA 53 53 100 133
ENALAPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 37 101 212
LIDOCAINE 51 49 101 179
QUINAPRIL HCL 50 50 103 82
ATELVIA 50 49 103 146
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.