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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,525Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 2094

$1.14M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 60 out of 2094

710 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
71% 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 New Jersey
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 710 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 710 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 18,373 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 32%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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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 Jersey
OMEPRAZOLE 1,022 909 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 946 871 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 808 748 3 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 789 746 4 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 668 613 5 2
FUROSEMIDE 600 593 6 6
SERTRALINE HCL 423 384 7 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 400 400 8 20
GABAPENTIN 374 299 9 23
LISINOPRIL 372 354 10 7
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 357 145 S2 11 40
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 319 259 12 14
GLIMEPIRIDE 289 240 13 31
WARFARIN SODIUM 277 246 14 11
FAMOTIDINE 243 231 15 34
CLONIDINE HCL 240 197 16 62
TRAMADOL HCL 239 221 17 33
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 221 210 18 46
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 220 211 19 5
RISPERIDONE 205 192 20 56
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 195 194 21 57
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 194 169 22 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 188 162 23 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 181 165 24 29
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 172 159 25 25
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 161 161 S3 26 42
MIRTAZAPINE 157 157 27 43
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 155 125 28 92
METFORMIN HCL 152 127 29 8
NAMENDA 148 146 30 32
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 148 145 30 24
CLOPIDOGREL 140 140 32 22
CARVEDILOL 139 125 33 19
LIDODERM 134 119 34 59
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 129 102 35 69
MUPIROCIN 119 94 36 117
ADVAIR DISKUS 119 105 36 36
IBUPROFEN 116 105 38 73
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 115 103 39 18
ATENOLOL 114 108 40 21
TRAZODONE HCL 113 111 41 72
LEVETIRACETAM 109 79 42 78
CITALOPRAM HBR 106 92 43 47
DIOVAN 105 93 44 13
KLOR-CON 10 104 85 45 171
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 104 91 45 17
LEVEMIR 100 72 47 241
PREDNISONE 100 97 47 54
OXYCONTIN 98 96 S2 49 98
FENTANYL 98 68 S2 49 68
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 98 98 49 37
BUSPIRONE HCL 98 92 49 159
PERMETHRIN 97 91 53 361
SANTYL 96 88 54 114
LACTULOSE 93 72 55 65
HYDRALAZINE HCL 92 92 56 89
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 91 87 57 71
ABILIFY 90 90 58 165
NOVOLOG 90 69 58 116
AMIODARONE HCL 88 84 60 175
FINASTERIDE 86 86 61 97
PLAVIX 81 81 62 38
LAMOTRIGINE 78 56 63 177
KLOR-CON M10 76 76 64 190
JANUVIA 74 56 65 35
SYNTHROID 70 63 66 44
DIGOXIN 69 69 67 51
ZETIA 66 66 68 79
NEXIUM 66 63 68 16
BACLOFEN 65 30 70 166
SSD 64 62 71 329
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 64 61 71 81
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 63 57 73 202
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 62 60 74 75
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 62 62 74 102
OXYCODONE HCL 61 49 S2 76 63
CEFUROXIME 61 55 76 137
SINGULAIR 61 49 76 64
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 60 58 S3 79 129
SPIRIVA 60 45 79 60
CYMBALTA 59 55 81 61
OLANZAPINE 56 39 82 113
LEXAPRO 55 54 83 180
TRAVATAN Z 55 53 83 189
LOVASTATIN 54 51 85 121
PAROXETINE HCL 53 53 86 77
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 53 36 86 247
ALLOPURINOL 52 52 88 50
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 52 41 88 160
OXCARBAZEPINE 52 47 88 257
LEVOFLOXACIN 52 46 88 70
AZITHROMYCIN 50 37 92 27
MEGESTROL ACETATE 50 49 R 92 174
DETROL LA 50 50 92 233
LABETALOL HCL 50 38 92 215
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 March 1, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.