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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,770Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 66 out of 2456

$985K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 38 out of 2456

742 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
59%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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 Massachusetts
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 742 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 742 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 7,824 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 22%.

Prescription Price

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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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 Massachusetts
LISINOPRIL 750 443 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 727 470 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 638 291 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 391 260 4 4
METFORMIN HCL 379 168 5 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 357 254 6 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 338 242 7 10
OXYCODONE HCL 337 107 S2 8 38
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 318 260 9 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 311 221 10 7
PROAIR HFA 298 109 11 22
FUROSEMIDE 281 203 12 8
ATENOLOL 252 159 13 6
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 214 94 S2 14 35
GABAPENTIN 211 76 15 16
GLYBURIDE 195 106 R 16 40
TRAZODONE HCL 182 71 17 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 181 95 18 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 173 123 19 18
TRAMADOL HCL 172 59 20 24
WARFARIN SODIUM 170 141 21 9
IBUPROFEN 145 32 22 52
CITALOPRAM HBR 143 69 23 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 141 103 24 13
DIOVAN 139 102 25 26
CRESTOR 137 79 26 25
LIPITOR 128 97 27 63
OXYCONTIN 125 0 S2 28 129
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 117 81 29 37
FAMOTIDINE 115 40 30 84
SERTRALINE HCL 107 62 31 21
ADVAIR DISKUS 107 73 31 36
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 107 56 31 30
FLUOXETINE HCL 102 34 34 45
AZITHROMYCIN 102 57 34 60
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 101 22 R 36 77
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 97 39 S2 37 101
BUPROPION HCL SR 96 15 38 119
LANTUS 91 47 39 44
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 90 0 S2 40 98
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 89 44 41 15
SPIRIVA 81 57 42 43
INSULIN SYRINGE 81 52 42 72
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 57 44 41
JANUVIA 75 40 45 81
NEXIUM 74 49 46 80
TRICOR 74 28 46 163
FLOVENT HFA 73 14 48 104
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 73 26 R 48 83
CARISOPRODOL 71 12 R 50 179
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 71 53 S3 50 20
ALLOPURINOL 70 38 52 27
SINGULAIR 70 29 52 149
HYDROXYZINE HCL 68 16 R 54 177
LOVASTATIN 61 38 55 34
TIZANIDINE HCL 61 0 55 212
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 60 30 57 47
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 60 45 57 78
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 60 22 57 64
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 58 55 60 19
RANITIDINE HCL 58 35 60 31
FENTANYL 56 0 S2 62 115
DONEPEZIL HCL 56 44 62 23
BACLOFEN 54 11 64 112
NIFEDIPINE ER 53 18 65 61
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 53 24 65 70
CLOPIDOGREL 51 35 67 55
COMBIVENT 50 45 68 132
CLONIDINE HCL 50 18 68 111
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 Jan. 18, 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.