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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,004Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 189 out of 5176

$1.51M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 106 out of 5176

291 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%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
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in New York
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 14,989 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

54% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 30%.

Prescription Price

$94 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

55 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 512 484 1 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 371 357 2 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 342 315 3 9
TAMSULOSIN HCL 329 329 4 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 325 312 5 2
PLAVIX 323 316 6 29
LOVAZA 319 290 7 43
CRESTOR 311 290 8 15
LIDODERM 303 303 9 59
SIMVASTATIN 298 263 10 1
JANUMET 258 209 11 77
TRAMADOL HCL 251 249 12 40
ADVAIR DISKUS 250 242 13 32
METFORMIN HCL 247 242 14 7
DIOVAN HCT 230 226 15 39
SPIRONOLACTONE 227 213 16 88
CLOPIDOGREL 212 184 17 26
CARVEDILOL 210 187 18 24
FUROSEMIDE 206 202 19 8
JANUVIA 203 183 20 25
LIPITOR 199 191 21 51
DIOVAN 196 189 22 19
GABAPENTIN 188 179 23 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 178 156 24 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 175 159 25 6
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 172 167 26 149
CELEBREX 155 139 27 80
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 150 147 28 17
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 146 135 29 44
ATENOLOL 140 134 30 12
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 140 140 R 30 76
SINGULAIR 130 123 32 62
DONEPEZIL HCL 127 127 33 28
SOLARAZE 126 117 34 157
GLIMEPIRIDE 117 106 35 37
ALLOPURINOL 116 116 36 41
BENICAR HCT 113 106 37 110
SYNTHROID 112 112 38 33
RANEXA 109 104 39 167
AMMONIUM LACTATE 108 106 40 91
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 106 94 41 55
ALCOHOL SWABS 105 103 42 115
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 104 91 43 312
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 101 72 44 14
NITROSTAT 100 99 45 205
VOLTAREN 98 94 46 97
OMEPRAZOLE 96 96 47 3
RAMIPRIL 95 86 48 50
ZETIA 91 83 49 68
PRADAXA 88 88 50 192
CILOSTAZOL 87 80 51 206
LANSOPRAZOLE 82 82 52 113
FINASTERIDE 80 80 53 69
ACTONEL 78 78 54 134
DEXILANT 77 74 55 118
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 76 76 56 70
NASONEX 76 74 56 178
PATANOL 75 75 58 158
AVODART 74 74 59 107
PROAIR HFA 72 72 60 60
AMITIZA 70 61 61 197
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 70 70 61 116
FAMOTIDINE 69 54 63 58
CREON 68 67 64 111
SINGLE USE SWAB 67 67 65 108
LISINOPRIL 67 63 65 5
LYRICA 67 55 65 133
GLYBURIDE 67 67 R 65 67
PRANDIN 66 65 69 150
BYSTOLIC 64 64 70 96
EVISTA 63 63 71 65
GLIPIZIDE 62 62 72 63
MICARDIS 62 62 72 154
CICLOPIROX 60 57 74 279
DIGOXIN 60 60 74 56
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 59 57 76 130
GLIPIZIDE XL 59 55 76 83
MECLIZINE HCL 59 59 76 81
TOPROL XL 57 51 79 227
MELOXICAM 56 56 80 53
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 55 53 81 89
AZITHROMYCIN 54 43 82 42
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 54 31 82 4
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 46 82 49
LEVOXYL 54 54 82 238
RANITIDINE HCL 52 52 86 36
SPIRIVA 51 51 87 54
METHOCARBAMOL 51 49 R 87 412
BENICAR 51 48 87 100
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 May 13, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.