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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,503Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 55 out of 2456

$697K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 110 out of 2456

352 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
84% 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 352 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 352 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 15,015 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

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

44 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 972 918 1 9
SIMVASTATIN 854 819 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 615 594 3 3
FUROSEMIDE 510 508 4 8
TRAZODONE HCL 490 483 5 17
LISINOPRIL 469 455 6 1
ATENOLOL 456 415 7 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 451 435 8 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 394 394 9 5
MIRTAZAPINE 393 385 10 29
DONEPEZIL HCL 344 344 11 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 326 326 12 10
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 306 294 13 51
CITALOPRAM HBR 257 243 14 14
PREDNISONE 242 234 15 39
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 189 189 16 33
NAMENDA 187 187 17 42
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 165 159 18 47
METFORMIN HCL 162 159 19 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 160 150 20 32
GABAPENTIN 147 136 21 16
DIGOXIN 138 138 22 49
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 133 127 23 64
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 133 133 23 287
SERTRALINE HCL 132 127 25 21
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 129 129 26 82
BETHANECHOL CHLORIDE 128 128 27 372
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 125 118 28 12
ALLOPURINOL 122 118 29 27
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 117 98 S3 30 20
MEGESTROL ACETATE 114 114 R 31 394
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 112 112 32 19
RANITIDINE HCL 107 94 33 31
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 106 106 34 214
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 105 105 35 18
PAROXETINE HCL 100 94 36 56
RISPERIDONE 95 84 37 50
TRAMADOL HCL 95 92 37 24
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 94 94 39 53
LIDODERM 94 94 39 58
FINASTERIDE 94 94 39 66
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 90 90 42 113
AZITHROMYCIN 87 86 43 60
LEVETIRACETAM 82 73 44 90
CLONIDINE HCL 82 76 44 111
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 80 80 46 136
FLUOXETINE HCL 80 80 46 45
PEN NEEDLE 77 77 48 150
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 75 75 49 48
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 68 68 50 296
ADVAIR DISKUS 68 65 50 36
LANTUS 68 68 50 44
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 66 66 53 13
AMIODARONE HCL 64 64 54 203
NIFEDIPINE ER 62 62 55 61
ROPINIROLE HCL 60 54 56 148
CYMBALTA 58 58 57 65
FAMOTIDINE 58 58 57 84
CEPHALEXIN 56 55 59 153
LATANOPROST 56 56 59 156
OLANZAPINE 55 55 61 57
HYDRALAZINE HCL 53 53 62 105
BUSPIRONE HCL 52 52 63 157
SEROQUEL 51 46 64 102
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 1, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.