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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,424Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 2456

$1.53M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 2456

672 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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

12% of this provider’s 672 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 672 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 20,554 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 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 Massachusetts
WARFARIN SODIUM 631 528 1 9
LISINOPRIL 619 538 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 613 579 3 5
RANITIDINE HCL 604 530 4 31
SIMVASTATIN 588 497 5 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 546 497 6 15
FUROSEMIDE 522 490 7 8
TRAZODONE HCL 490 431 8 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 478 408 9 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 473 454 10 10
MIRTAZAPINE 412 377 11 29
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 392 322 12 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 346 343 13 12
METFORMIN HCL 346 317 13 11
OMEPRAZOLE 305 268 15 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 272 251 16 33
DONEPEZIL HCL 265 258 17 23
LACTULOSE 263 251 18 88
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 262 249 19 131
ALLOPURINOL 258 238 20 27
ATENOLOL 255 223 21 6
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 249 232 22 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 245 207 23 14
OLANZAPINE 235 219 24 57
TAMSULOSIN HCL 224 213 25 32
LIDODERM 217 216 26 58
EXELON 205 198 27 161
GABAPENTIN 203 170 28 16
NAMENDA 195 195 29 42
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 178 176 30 165
GLIPIZIDE 176 168 31 46
RISPERIDONE 176 175 31 50
NIFEDIPINE ER 172 164 33 61
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 171 96 34 47
TORSEMIDE 168 147 35 146
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 164 144 36 51
SUCRALFATE 162 147 37 201
FLUOXETINE HCL 162 110 37 45
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 161 143 R 39 308
PREDNISONE 149 139 40 39
OXYCODONE HCL 149 46 S2 40 38
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 147 138 42 48
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 144 139 43 53
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 144 142 43 19
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 133 123 45 87
DIOVAN 132 125 46 26
LANTUS 132 123 46 44
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 129 125 48 82
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 128 106 49 71
CLOPIDOGREL 128 111 49 55
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 119 100 51 229
MECLIZINE HCL 117 107 52 107
SERTRALINE HCL 117 109 52 21
ADVAIR DISKUS 116 106 54 36
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 112 70 S3 55 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 110 110 56 18
LEVETIRACETAM 110 87 56 90
CLOZAPINE 107 17 58 75
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 105 99 59 37
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 83 59 7
NOVOLIN R 101 101 61 173
CRESTOR 99 97 62 25
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 95 92 S3 63 106
TERAZOSIN HCL 92 88 64 76
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 89 83 65 64
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 88 76 66 113
CARBAMAZEPINE 81 68 67 155
FAMOTIDINE 81 78 67 84
GEMFIBROZIL 81 80 67 93
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 79 48 R 70 126
FINASTERIDE 76 76 71 66
HYDROXYZINE HCL 76 74 R 71 177
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 73 63 73 194
ABILIFY 73 19 73 95
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 72 69 75 85
MOMETASONE FUROATE 70 68 76 434
VERAPAMIL ER 70 70 76 91
PLAVIX 68 60 78 79
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 68 46 78 178
PROAIR HFA 68 50 78 22
SINGULAIR 68 68 78 149
BACLOFEN 67 61 82 112
LIDOCAINE-PRILOCAINE 67 67 82 438
GLYBURIDE 67 67 R 82 40
PATANOL 66 66 85 382
DIGOXIN 64 64 86 49
SPIRIVA 63 59 87 43
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 61 54 88 394
SEROQUEL 61 44 88 102
CALCITRIOL 59 43 90 153
AZITHROMYCIN 58 50 91 60
NOVOLOG 58 34 91 100
BUMETANIDE 57 53 93 167
HUMALOG 57 43 93 123
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 57 15 S2 93 35
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 57 54 93 208
PENTOXIFYLLINE 55 55 97 468
NABUMETONE 55 47 97 164
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 54 37 S2 99 98
NOVOLIN N 54 34 99 202
LIPITOR 54 52 99 63
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 45 102 41
OLANZAPINE ODT 53 50 102 305
KLOR-CON 8 52 46 104 368
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 51 36 105 220
HEPARIN SODIUM 50 38 106 256
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 Nov. 16, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.