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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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34,822Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 5176

$4.51M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 5176

561 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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 New York
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 561 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 33,035 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

54% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 30%.

Prescription Price

$130 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 York
CRESTOR 1,584 1,483 1 15
NEXIUM 1,299 1,282 2 16
LIDODERM 1,160 1,129 3 59
LOVAZA 1,106 1,030 4 43
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 949 890 5 38
PATANOL 940 925 10 6 158
EVISTA 714 674 7 65
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 704 672 8 18
DIOVAN 654 628 9 19
OMEPRAZOLE 650 577 10 3
CELEBREX 640 613 11 80
ATENOLOL 589 554 12 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 572 542 13 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 559 520 14 9
SINGULAIR 559 547 14 62
GABAPENTIN 540 506 16 21
SIMVASTATIN 527 507 17 1
METFORMIN HCL 450 423 18 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 439 404 19 14
ADVAIR DISKUS 431 408 20 32
PROAIR HFA 412 397 21 60
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 362 349 22 130
TAMSULOSIN HCL 350 349 23 20
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 323 286 24 94
AMMONIUM LACTATE 304 290 25 91
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 302 285 26 125
ACTOS 282 256 27 85
MUPIROCIN 276 275 28 182
MECLIZINE HCL 274 267 29 81
SPIRIVA 274 258 29 54
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 271 253 31 123
FLUOCINONIDE 265 263 32 165
VOLTAREN 263 260 33 97
FAMOTIDINE 262 245 34 58
NASONEX 243 240 35 178
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 232 225 36 11
FINASTERIDE 232 231 36 69
BYSTOLIC 231 225 38 96
AVODART 224 221 39 107
SYMBICORT 223 222 40 120
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 211 202 41 4
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 208 202 42 44
PREDNISONE 207 181 43 52
PATADAY 207 189 43 220
ALLOPURINOL 206 192 45 41
DIOVAN HCT 205 205 46 39
CLOPIDOGREL 203 194 47 26
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 199 182 48 55
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 188 180 49 17
LEVOFLOXACIN 187 170 50 109
JANUVIA 185 180 51 25
BENICAR 178 174 52 100
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 177 165 53 202
PLAVIX 175 174 54 29
TRICOR 174 171 55 148
PROCTOZONE-HC 172 169 56 171
LISINOPRIL 167 161 57 5
VENTOLIN HFA 163 156 58 64
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 161 137 59 23
GLIMEPIRIDE 160 146 60 37
EXELON 151 145 61 162
COMBIVENT 150 149 62 156
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 146 118 63 70
MELOXICAM 146 142 63 53
FEXOFENADINE HCL 145 142 65 358
ALREX 138 122 66 529
AZELASTINE HCL 136 105 67 267
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 134 118 68 6
MIRTAZAPINE 134 134 68 45
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 130 130 70 103
FENOFIBRATE 128 113 71 102
VIREAD 126 124 72 250
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 123 112 73 84
NIZATIDINE 121 110 74 430
NAPROXEN 117 111 75 95
MOMETASONE FUROATE 116 116 76 251
SOLARAZE 114 109 77 157
JANUMET 113 113 78 77
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 113 101 R 78 237
BONIVA 110 109 80 236
ZETIA 109 96 81 68
RESTASIS 107 99 82 353
IBUPROFEN 105 81 83 72
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 104 103 84 260
SINGLE USE SWAB 100 99 85 108
COLCRYS 99 97 86 170
METFORMIN HCL ER 97 91 87 57
UNIFINE PENTIPS 95 74 88 261
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 94 94 89 119
LIPITOR 93 91 90 51
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 88 91 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 91 91 91 34
CICLOPIROX 90 90 93 279
METRONIDAZOLE 89 89 94 360
NIFEDIPINE ER 83 83 95 48
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 83 83 95 61
HALOBETASOL PROPIONATE 83 77 95 445
AZITHROMYCIN 82 77 98 42
BENICAR HCT 82 75 98 110
ALFUZOSIN HCL 82 79 98 462
RAMIPRIL 81 70 101 50
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 79 74 R 102 76
NITROSTAT 78 78 103 205
CARVEDILOL 78 78 103 24
BARACLUDE 78 78 103 373
DONEPEZIL HCL 77 77 106 28
ROPINIROLE HCL 77 77 106 208
MICARDIS 77 77 106 154
LYRICA 73 73 109 133
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 73 60 109 74
TAMIFLU 73 66 109 231
EXFORGE 71 69 112 126
HYDROXYZINE HCL 70 69 R 113 213
LACLOTION 68 58 114 299
KETOCONAZOLE 68 68 114 233
OLUX-E 67 67 10 116 651
CYMBALTA 67 50 116 90
MAXALT 66 66 118 567
MAXALT MLT 65 65 119 658
FORTEO 65 65 119 264
HYDROCORTISONE 64 63 121 265
TRAMADOL HCL 63 60 122 40
CHLORTHALIDONE 60 52 123 122
ALCOHOL PREP PADS 60 58 123 198
ASTEPRO 57 46 125 378
FUROSEMIDE 56 56 126 8
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 55 52 127 364
TOBRADEX 54 54 128 613
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 53 53 129 116
INDOMETHACIN 53 44 R 129 461
LIOTHYRONINE SODIUM 53 53 129 415
TOBRAMYCIN-DEXAMETHASONE 53 53 129 702
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 51 45 133 603
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 51 38 133 490
BENAZEPRIL HCL 51 47 133 131
VESICARE 51 51 133 210
LIDOCAINE 51 50 133 179
METHIMAZOLE 50 50 138 331
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 July 8, 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.