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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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27,534Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 2456

$1.52M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 2456

481 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 481 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 481 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 20,798 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 22%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

57 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 1,349 1,132 1 9
SIMVASTATIN 1,162 922 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 867 713 3 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 793 628 4 14
OMEPRAZOLE 785 541 5 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 763 620 6 4
TRAZODONE HCL 754 574 7 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 737 553 8 10
LISINOPRIL 639 473 9 1
GABAPENTIN 587 447 10 16
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 571 322 11 51
METFORMIN HCL 455 314 12 11
OLANZAPINE 452 360 13 57
MIRTAZAPINE 445 359 14 29
DONEPEZIL HCL 438 424 15 23
RANITIDINE HCL 409 328 16 31
RISPERIDONE 394 260 17 50
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 365 331 18 5
FLUOXETINE HCL 359 240 19 45
ATENOLOL 350 324 20 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 342 294 21 33
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 333 236 22 47
TRAMADOL HCL 332 223 23 24
SERTRALINE HCL 328 283 24 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 320 292 25 13
NAMENDA 310 310 26 42
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 302 255 27 7
TAMSULOSIN HCL 233 187 28 32
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 211 152 29 12
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 205 201 30 48
ADVAIR DISKUS 205 135 30 36
CLOZAPINE 203 124 32 75
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 193 64 R 33 126
LEVETIRACETAM 192 79 34 90
CYMBALTA 187 124 35 65
DIGOXIN 187 144 35 49
ALLOPURINOL 182 142 37 27
SPIRIVA 172 131 38 43
GLIPIZIDE 155 142 39 46
SEROQUEL 153 103 40 102
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 151 126 41 19
METHENAMINE HIPPURATE 143 122 42 237
LACTULOSE 137 104 43 88
OXYCODONE HCL 134 45 S2 44 38
HALOPERIDOL 133 52 45 137
PROAIR HFA 133 47 45 22
ABILIFY 130 54 47 95
FINASTERIDE 129 124 48 66
ROPINIROLE HCL 122 79 49 148
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 121 113 50 82
CLOPIDOGREL 120 100 51 55
LANTUS 117 86 52 44
PERMETHRIN 115 51 53 337
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 110 77 54 37
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 107 106 55 116
LIDODERM 102 96 56 58
PREDNISONE 102 93 56 39
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 98 61 58 64
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 95 83 59 94
MECLIZINE HCL 93 90 60 107
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 90 79 61 85
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 89 36 62 152
NOVOLIN R 89 70 62 173
NYSTATIN 89 50 62 99
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 86 57 65 113
PLAVIX 85 73 66 79
LITHIUM CARBONATE 84 23 67 185
HUMALOG 84 74 67 123
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 83 62 69 30
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 81 58 70 178
OXYCONTIN 79 27 S2 71 129
NOVOLOG 79 62 71 100
PROPRANOLOL HCL 79 31 71 108
FENTANYL 77 65 S2 74 115
CEPHALEXIN 77 54 74 153
BACLOFEN 75 15 76 112
AZITHROMYCIN 71 48 77 60
LEVOFLOXACIN 69 60 78 103
RAMIPRIL 69 64 78 158
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 69 56 78 140
FLOVENT HFA 68 31 81 104
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 68 29 S2 81 35
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 68 68 81 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 68 60 81 15
TOPIRAMATE 66 46 85 162
IBUPROFEN 65 22 86 52
PRECISION 64 36 10 87 444
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 64 45 87 170
COLCRYS 62 58 89 171
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 62 53 89 134
GLYBURIDE 62 48 R 89 40
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 62 51 89 165
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 60 60 93 71
LIPITOR 59 46 94 63
DETROL LA 59 55 94 228
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 59 46 94 87
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 57 23 97 92
DILANTIN 57 49 97 212
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 57 46 97 231
HUMULIN N 55 49 100 187
BUMETANIDE 54 48 101 167
PAROXETINE HCL 54 48 101 56
NITROSTAT 52 40 103 169
LOPERAMIDE 52 37 103 322
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 52 26 103 70
GLIPIZIDE ER 50 37 106 89
DIOVAN 50 50 106 26
COMBIVENT 50 32 106 132
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 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.