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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,954Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 109 out of 2094

$664K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 283 out of 2094

616 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
69% 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 Jersey
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 616 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 616 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 9,036 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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 543 437 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 441 341 2 6
OMEPRAZOLE 405 284 3 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 348 261 4 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 335 264 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 328 257 6 2
LISINOPRIL 288 224 7 7
METFORMIN HCL 268 205 8 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 240 183 9 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 194 159 10 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 175 137 11 14
GLIMEPIRIDE 156 112 12 31
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 149 119 13 17
SERTRALINE HCL 140 88 14 26
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 139 126 S2 15 40
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 138 109 16 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 124 81 17 47
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 117 86 18 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 117 96 18 9
CARVEDILOL 104 95 20 19
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 103 64 21 41
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 102 77 22 25
NEXIUM 94 67 23 16
SINGULAIR 94 56 23 64
DONEPEZIL HCL 94 94 23 20
MIRTAZAPINE 93 75 26 43
CLOPIDOGREL 92 75 27 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 58 28 12
RAMIPRIL 90 62 28 48
AZITHROMYCIN 89 67 30 27
CLONIDINE HCL 86 71 31 62
KLOR-CON 10 82 74 32 171
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 80 45 33 107
TAMSULOSIN HCL 80 51 33 29
ATENOLOL 78 70 35 21
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 77 77 36 57
TRAZODONE HCL 77 46 36 72
DIOVAN 76 76 38 13
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 75 61 39 46
LOVASTATIN 75 70 39 121
ADVAIR DISKUS 72 44 41 36
PRANDIN 72 63 41 125
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 70 50 43 87
LEVOFLOXACIN 68 51 44 70
GABAPENTIN 68 47 44 23
KLOR-CON M20 68 35 44 106
COMBIVENT 68 51 44 211
MELOXICAM 65 64 48 49
DIGOXIN 64 58 49 51
RISPERIDONE 64 64 49 56
FLOVENT HFA 64 56 49 242
JANUVIA 63 63 52 35
BENAZEPRIL HCL 63 38 52 154
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 62 52 54 58
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 62 41 54 142
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 60 40 56 81
VYTORIN 60 41 56 162
PLAVIX 60 48 56 38
PAROXETINE HCL 59 56 59 77
NAMENDA 59 59 59 32
SPIRIVA 59 41 59 60
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 59 52 59 37
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 55 44 S3 63 42
LEVETIRACETAM 55 11 63 78
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 54 36 65 18
LIPITOR 54 52 65 39
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 54 37 65 128
ACTOS 53 41 68 112
TRAMADOL HCL 52 50 69 33
TRICOR 51 29 70 99
ZETIA 50 38 71 79
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 4, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.