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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,492Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 79 out of 5176

$1.81M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 68 out of 5176

427 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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

4% of this provider’s 427 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 427 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 20,868 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

52% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 30%.

Prescription Price

$84 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

50 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 791 750 1 16
CRESTOR 667 628 2 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 554 536 3 17
CARVEDILOL 548 548 4 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 542 529 5 11
SIMVASTATIN 525 525 6 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 433 433 7 2
FUROSEMIDE 425 425 8 8
ATENOLOL 420 406 9 12
DIOVAN HCT 417 417 10 39
PLAVIX 392 385 11 29
SYNTHROID 365 365 12 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 356 344 13 9
NAMENDA 339 335 14 47
METFORMIN HCL 331 320 15 7
OMEPRAZOLE 314 312 16 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 303 303 17 28
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 296 295 18 6
COUMADIN 291 291 19 112
TAMSULOSIN HCL 291 288 19 20
LOVAZA 283 266 21 43
DIOVAN 275 268 22 19
LIPITOR 237 216 23 51
SPIRIVA 233 233 24 54
CLOPIDOGREL 232 226 25 26
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 218 218 26 44
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 211 211 27 116
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 201 191 28 14
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 194 181 29 35
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 190 184 30 149
ADVAIR DISKUS 180 174 31 32
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 177 165 32 23
RANEXA 169 169 33 167
VOLTAREN 167 162 34 97
LIDODERM 166 159 35 59
RANITIDINE HCL 166 166 35 36
JANUVIA 161 152 37 25
JANUMET 159 147 38 77
SERTRALINE HCL 156 156 39 30
BENICAR HCT 153 153 40 110
NITROSTAT 147 145 41 205
LISINOPRIL 146 129 42 5
CLONIDINE HCL 142 142 43 79
MIRTAZAPINE 142 142 43 45
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 130 114 45 22
EXELON 129 129 46 162
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 127 127 47 4
TRAMADOL HCL 126 126 48 40
PROPRANOLOL HCL 122 106 49 199
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 119 111 50 89
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 119 119 50 10
DEXILANT 118 118 52 118
CYMBALTA 117 109 53 90
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 117 117 53 18
DIGOXIN 107 107 55 56
BENICAR 106 106 56 100
AVODART 103 103 57 107
PROCTOZONE-HC 97 88 58 171
ALCOHOL SWABS 92 80 59 115
PAROXETINE HCL 91 91 60 93
NIASPAN 90 90 61 175
CREON 89 87 62 111
RAMIPRIL 85 73 63 50
WARFARIN SODIUM 84 84 64 13
CELEBREX 84 84 64 80
AZITHROMYCIN 84 82 64 42
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 81 69 67 119
LEXAPRO 81 74 67 193
FINASTERIDE 80 80 69 69
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 78 76 70 94
MICARDIS HCT 77 77 71 180
SINGULAIR 72 65 72 62
NATEGLINIDE 71 71 73 272
LANSOPRAZOLE 70 70 74 113
SOLARAZE 68 68 75 157
TOPROL XL 67 67 76 227
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 66 63 77 135
ACTOS 65 53 78 85
ALLOPURINOL 65 65 78 41
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 64 61 80 38
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 64 80 49
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 64 61 S3 80 127
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 63 61 83 125
HYDRALAZINE HCL 63 63 83 73
METFORMIN HCL ER 62 52 85 57
SYMBICORT 61 61 86 120
GABAPENTIN 61 59 86 21
GLYBURIDE 61 53 R 86 67
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 59 59 89 161
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 59 57 89 61
GLIMEPIRIDE 58 58 91 37
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 56 56 92 98
LACTULOSE 54 54 93 87
MULTAQ 51 45 94 414
GLIPIZIDE ER 50 50 95 117
AMIODARONE HCL 50 50 95 281
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 21, 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.