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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,524Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 157 out of 1006

$612K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 147 out of 1006

244 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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 Connecticut
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 244 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 7,705 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

36% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$72 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $71 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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 Connecticut
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 478 466 1 4
METFORMIN HCL 374 333 2 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 317 278 3 5
OMEPRAZOLE 316 286 4 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 303 292 5 12
CRESTOR 294 280 6 18
SIMVASTATIN 273 222 7 1
LISINOPRIL 258 224 8 3
DIOVAN 230 230 9 16
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 206 197 10 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 192 187 11 14
NEXIUM 184 180 12 28
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 168 127 13 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 163 150 14 11
FUROSEMIDE 135 118 15 6
LIPITOR 115 111 16 47
DIOVAN HCT 108 99 17 60
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 108 97 17 77
GLIMEPIRIDE 107 86 19 50
TAMSULOSIN HCL 105 105 20 23
MELOXICAM 102 100 21 67
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 67 21 38
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 99 82 23 7
ZETIA 94 83 24 51
BENICAR HCT 94 94 24 120
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 89 88 26 15
LIDODERM 84 84 27 66
ATENOLOL 75 64 28 13
JANUVIA 72 63 29 49
SERTRALINE HCL 69 69 30 19
NATEGLINIDE 67 67 31 258
VOLTAREN 65 62 32 251
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 65 65 32 91
TOPROL XL 61 61 34 308
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 61 28 S3 34 25
BENAZEPRIL HCL 56 56 36 112
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 53 53 37 32
RANITIDINE HCL 51 51 38 63
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50 45 39 55
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 Dec. 17, 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.