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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,954Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 567 out of 2094

$390K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 740 out of 2094

266 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%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
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in New Jersey
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 266 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 4,598 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

39% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 32%.

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 374 277 1 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 341 282 2 2
DIOVAN 189 143 3 13
CRESTOR 177 119 4 15
SIMVASTATIN 173 150 5 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 163 140 6 5
METFORMIN HCL 141 91 7 8
BENAZEPRIL HCL 138 126 8 154
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 131 113 9 12
FUROSEMIDE 127 104 10 6
NIFEDIPINE ER 115 88 11 96
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 105 91 12 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 105 66 12 14
OMEPRAZOLE 97 80 14 4
JANUVIA 91 81 15 35
FAMOTIDINE 89 72 16 34
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 89 79 16 3
PLAVIX 79 72 18 38
TAMSULOSIN HCL 69 58 19 29
NIFEDICAL XL 68 60 20 403
ALCOHOL SWABS 64 64 21 382
SPIRIVA 62 54 22 60
GABAPENTIN 60 41 23 23
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 60 52 23 30
WARFARIN SODIUM 59 49 25 11
GLIPIZIDE XL 57 55 26 122
CARVEDILOL 53 48 27 19
PEN NEEDLE 51 30 28 136
VENTOLIN HFA 51 35 28 132
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 Feb. 25, 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.