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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,182Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 25 out of 2094

$1.68M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 2094

777 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
83% 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 777 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 777 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 14,303 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

46% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 32%.

Prescription Price

$87 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
FUROSEMIDE 526 451 1 6
OMEPRAZOLE 477 383 2 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 425 379 3 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 397 348 4 2
SIMVASTATIN 368 320 5 1
BYSTOLIC 353 280 6 83
DIOVAN HCT 313 207 7 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 308 251 8 9
ATELVIA 299 203 9 135
CLOPIDOGREL 276 228 10 22
CRESTOR 261 177 11 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 239 219 12 3
PLAVIX 226 188 13 38
CARVEDILOL 221 172 14 19
RISPERIDONE 202 164 15 56
BENICAR HCT 199 128 16 133
TRAMADOL HCL 196 146 17 33
AZOR 193 147 18 155
DIOVAN 192 161 19 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 181 140 20 5
GABAPENTIN 161 109 21 23
TRIBENZOR 161 135 21 264
LISINOPRIL 160 148 23 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 159 107 24 11
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 152 118 R 25 94
SANTYL 152 130 25 114
NAMENDA 151 149 27 32
DONEPEZIL HCL 150 146 28 20
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 147 80 S3 29 42
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 147 80 29 14
METFORMIN HCL 147 93 29 8
CLONIDINE HCL 144 90 32 62
FAMOTIDINE 142 122 33 34
WELCHOL 140 92 34 146
NEXIUM 139 96 35 16
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 136 104 S2 36 40
BENICAR 136 118 36 108
TRILIPIX 135 78 38 156
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 135 112 38 101
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 134 104 40 12
MELOXICAM 133 97 41 49
SUBOXONE 132 0 42 181
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 132 86 42 169
PROAIR HFA 118 65 44 45
DEXILANT 116 76 45 124
RAMIPRIL 116 110 45 48
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 115 90 47 24
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 114 99 48 30
DIGOXIN 114 94 48 51
ADVAIR DISKUS 113 71 50 36
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 111 82 51 37
FENTANYL 106 96 S2 52 68
NAPROXEN 105 51 53 84
SINGULAIR 102 70 54 64
PEN NEEDLE 97 53 55 136
LEVEMIR 96 80 56 241
EXFORGE 95 89 57 105
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 95 54 57 76
SPIRIVA 93 73 59 60
NOVOLOG 93 85 59 116
SPIRONOLACTONE 93 48 59 93
LYRICA 91 56 62 85
LACTULOSE 91 76 62 65
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 90 73 64 188
JANUVIA 90 57 64 35
HYDRALAZINE HCL 88 76 66 89
AZITHROMYCIN 88 51 66 27
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 87 75 68 69
ONGLYZA 87 59 68 134
ZEMPLAR 86 40 70 287
TAMSULOSIN HCL 84 83 71 29
LEVETIRACETAM 82 51 72 78
EXFORGE HCT 80 66 73 195
CYMBALTA 79 62 74 61
GLIMEPIRIDE 77 71 75 31
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 77 37 75 41
VESICARE 76 38 77 152
MIRTAZAPINE 74 58 78 43
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 73 60 79 58
VOLTAREN 73 54 79 109
JANUMET 72 47 81 86
NIASPAN 72 47 81 145
LUNESTA 70 35 83 293
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 57 83 52
KOMBIGLYZE XR 68 55 85 248
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 68 65 85 17
LANTUS 68 48 85 66
HUMALOG 67 49 88 164
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 66 30 89 25
MUPIROCIN 66 50 89 117
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 66 57 89 71
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 43 89 225
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 64 53 93 91
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 63 63 94 102
METFORMIN HCL ER 63 42 94 67
LIDODERM 62 48 96 59
AMIODARONE HCL 61 61 97 175
ALLOPURINOL 61 55 97 50
UNIFINE PENTIPS 57 37 99 257
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 56 39 100 307
AMMONIUM LACTATE 56 42 100 185
RANITIDINE HCL 53 31 102 80
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 53 24 102 46
IBUPROFEN 52 31 104 73
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 52 45 104 57
TRAZODONE HCL 50 42 106 72
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 50 48 106 90
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 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.