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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,527Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 480 out of 2094

$462K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 556 out of 2094

382 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
20% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 382 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 6,127 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 32%.

Prescription Price

$71 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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
SIMVASTATIN 376 353 1 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 220 217 2 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 213 201 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 193 186 4 4
ATENOLOL 183 165 5 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 141 141 6 10
FUROSEMIDE 125 125 7 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 112 103 8 5
METFORMIN HCL 102 102 9 8
NAMENDA 99 99 10 32
CITALOPRAM HBR 97 89 11 47
LISINOPRIL 93 92 12 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 90 13 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 88 88 14 2
DIOVAN 88 88 14 13
MIRTAZAPINE 85 84 16 43
TAMSULOSIN HCL 83 83 17 29
DONEPEZIL HCL 81 81 18 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 74 73 19 9
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 73 69 20 87
ALLOPURINOL 72 72 21 50
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 68 64 22 18
CARVEDILOL 65 58 23 19
FINASTERIDE 65 65 23 97
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 63 63 25 46
SYNTHROID 63 63 25 44
NEXIUM 62 49 27 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 60 60 28 17
TRAMADOL HCL 57 55 29 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 56 55 30 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 56 56 30 24
DIGOXIN 50 47 32 51
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 21, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.