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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,939Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 2456

$1.34M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 2456

360 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
99%Patients 65 Years and Older
100% 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

4% of this provider’s 360 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 360 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 23,723 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

37% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

67 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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 749 749 1 12
ATENOLOL 745 733 2 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 715 706 3 28
OMEPRAZOLE 700 696 4 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 672 672 5 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 609 609 6 4
NEXIUM 585 585 7 80
SIMVASTATIN 582 559 8 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 534 522 9 13
DIOVAN 494 494 10 26
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 471 461 11 7
LIDODERM 426 426 12 58
LISINOPRIL 397 375 13 1
ALLOPURINOL 397 397 13 27
FUROSEMIDE 385 385 15 8
METFORMIN HCL 365 353 16 11
CRESTOR 365 365 16 25
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 357 357 18 10
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 325 325 19 48
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 300 296 20 33
TRAMADOL HCL 290 284 21 24
MECLIZINE HCL 270 270 22 107
NIFEDIPINE ER 262 262 23 61
WARFARIN SODIUM 261 261 24 9
LIPITOR 244 244 25 63
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 236 236 S3 26 106
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 231 231 27 37
DONEPEZIL HCL 218 218 28 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 217 217 29 18
CARVEDILOL 215 215 30 54
DIOVAN HCT 213 213 31 139
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 203 203 32 71
SERTRALINE HCL 192 192 33 21
LIDOCAINE 192 192 33 284
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 190 190 35 19
NITROSTAT 188 188 36 169
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 184 184 37 15
CREON 181 181 38 251
NAMENDA 170 170 39 42
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 166 163 40 41
KETOCONAZOLE 155 155 41 221
VOLTAREN 149 149 42 241
RANITIDINE HCL 147 132 43 31
EXELON 139 139 44 161
IBUPROFEN 137 131 45 52
PROPRANOLOL HCL 135 135 46 108
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 133 133 47 113
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 132 129 48 220
GLIPIZIDE 128 128 49 46
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 126 119 50 30
FLOVENT HFA 124 124 51 104
CITALOPRAM HBR 119 119 52 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 117 117 53 32
PAROXETINE HCL 112 112 54 56
AZITHROMYCIN 110 108 55 60
SINGULAIR 109 109 56 149
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 107 107 57 117
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 106 106 58 134
GABAPENTIN 106 106 58 16
HYDROCORTISONE 105 105 60 234
VERAPAMIL ER 104 104 61 91
GLIMEPIRIDE 103 103 62 74
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 103 103 62 64
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 101 101 R 64 77
SYNTHROID 99 99 65 118
JANUVIA 92 92 66 81
COLCRYS 91 91 67 171
ADVAIR DISKUS 86 86 68 36
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 86 86 68 131
PROAIR HFA 85 85 70 22
GLYBURIDE 85 85 R 70 40
LOPERAMIDE 84 84 72 322
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 82 82 73 216
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 82 82 73 92
MUPIROCIN 81 81 75 209
DICYCLOMINE HCL 80 80 76 311
GLIPIZIDE ER 80 80 76 89
ZENPEP 78 78 78 417
TERAZOSIN HCL 75 75 79 76
CLOPIDOGREL 75 75 79 55
FLUOXETINE HCL 74 62 81 45
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 73 73 82 70
NASONEX 72 72 83 371
BENICAR 71 71 84 160
PREDNISONE 71 71 84 39
PLAVIX 70 70 86 79
CELEBREX 70 70 86 127
FINASTERIDE 67 67 88 66
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 66 66 89 182
CLONIDINE HCL 66 66 89 111
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 65 65 91 87
CYMBALTA 64 64 92 65
AMMONIUM LACTATE 64 64 92 265
METFORMIN HCL ER 62 62 94 59
LEVOFLOXACIN 61 61 95 103
ZETIA 61 61 95 86
NITRO-DUR 57 57 10 97 460
AVAPRO 57 57 97 460
LEVOXYL 57 57 97 97
TRICOR 56 56 100 163
SPIRONOLACTONE 55 55 101 73
IMIPRAMINE HCL 54 54 R 102 399
LACTULOSE 54 54 102 88
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 52 52 104 279
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 51 51 105 296
LOVAZA 50 50 106 219
BACTROBAN 50 50 106 490
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. 9, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.