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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,088Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 93 out of 978

$345K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 112 out of 978

328 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
46% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,412 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
SIMVASTATIN 364 308 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 274 220 2 3
ATENOLOL 241 194 3 8
LISINOPRIL 233 142 4 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 206 166 5 4
METFORMIN HCL 191 124 6 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 190 174 7 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 174 130 8 12
FUROSEMIDE 170 125 9 9
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 133 99 10 36
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 132 95 11 28
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 124 109 12 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 123 105 13 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 110 88 14 14
GABAPENTIN 109 83 15 15
SERTRALINE HCL 106 80 16 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 104 78 17 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 91 85 18 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 88 87 19 13
ALLOPURINOL 78 58 20 34
PROAIR HFA 71 56 21 19
MIRTAZAPINE 66 66 22 31
SPIRIVA 66 57 22 37
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 63 54 24 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 62 41 25 33
TRAZODONE HCL 60 32 26 18
CLONIDINE HCL 59 39 27 119
CRESTOR 59 51 27 30
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 58 41 29 237
FLUOXETINE HCL 55 46 30 42
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 54 31 31 39
LEVOXYL 50 50 32 116
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 June 17, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.