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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,676Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 53

$799K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 53

236 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 7,284 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

43% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 31%.

Prescription Price

$104 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $77 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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 New Jersey
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 317 313 1 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 253 238 2 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 245 226 3 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 207 199 4 13
NEXIUM 201 185 5 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 190 177 6 1
SIMVASTATIN 184 184 7 2
CRESTOR 162 157 8 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 148 138 9 11
METFORMIN HCL 140 119 10 7
LOVAZA 136 126 11 29
OMEPRAZOLE 127 127 12 4
BENICAR HCT 123 114 13 115
DIOVAN 122 122 14 41
FUROSEMIDE 121 119 15 6
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 119 119 16 41
LIDODERM 116 115 17 56
GLIMEPIRIDE 108 103 18 37
CLONIDINE HCL 100 100 19 78
GABAPENTIN 97 97 20 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 93 74 21 14
DIOVAN HCT 93 85 21 46
ADVAIR DISKUS 92 92 23 51
ATENOLOL 91 74 24 25
PLAVIX 91 91 24 64
DONEPEZIL HCL 90 90 26 17
MECLIZINE HCL 87 86 27 94
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 84 74 28 9
CARVEDILOL 80 76 29 21
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 79 73 30 27
DEXILANT 79 79 30 137
LISINOPRIL 77 77 32 8
JANUMET 74 65 33 143
LIPITOR 73 72 34 115
BENICAR 70 57 35 149
CLOPIDOGREL 68 68 36 33
SERTRALINE HCL 67 67 37 23
TORSEMIDE 63 63 38 156
AZITHROMYCIN 63 58 38 20
LUNESTA 62 62 40 159
MELOXICAM 60 59 41 40
ACTONEL 56 56 42 111
PROAIR HFA 55 54 43 70
ACTOS 55 44 43 79
ALLOPURINOL 53 53 45 54
TRICOR 52 41 46 175
TAMSULOSIN HCL 52 43 46 24
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. 12, 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.