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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,586Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 24 out of 2456

$1.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 33 out of 2456

522 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 522 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 522 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 16,775 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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 1,210 1,140 1 9
FUROSEMIDE 962 851 2 8
SIMVASTATIN 743 609 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 726 518 4 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 527 463 5 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 526 480 6 10
LISINOPRIL 445 395 7 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 428 362 8 4
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 325 286 9 37
SERTRALINE HCL 317 303 10 21
METFORMIN HCL 291 236 11 11
TRAZODONE HCL 289 255 12 17
ATENOLOL 271 235 13 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 267 199 14 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 265 148 15 28
MIRTAZAPINE 257 257 16 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 243 195 17 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 227 143 S3 18 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 205 191 19 33
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 199 186 20 134
QUINAPRIL HCL 194 146 21 110
GLIMEPIRIDE 194 162 21 74
GABAPENTIN 194 127 21 16
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 185 184 24 85
PREDNISONE 181 131 25 39
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 174 156 26 64
LIDODERM 167 161 27 58
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 166 154 28 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 159 147 29 7
CRESTOR 157 131 30 25
PRANDIN 154 145 31 293
CYMBALTA 153 100 32 65
MECLIZINE HCL 153 143 32 107
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 151 72 S2 34 35
TAMSULOSIN HCL 147 136 35 32
ADVAIR DISKUS 145 84 36 36
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 145 94 36 30
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 144 137 38 47
DONEPEZIL HCL 137 137 39 23
RISPERIDONE 137 120 39 50
CARVEDILOL 132 106 41 54
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 132 123 41 13
PROAIR HFA 128 66 43 22
COMBIVENT 127 73 44 132
IBUPROFEN 121 20 45 52
DIGOXIN 117 117 46 49
METFORMIN HCL ER 116 83 47 59
AZITHROMYCIN 115 66 48 60
OXYCODONE HCL 107 52 S2 49 38
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 104 94 50 18
ALLOPURINOL 101 91 51 27
CLOZAPINE 101 101 51 75
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 100 87 53 48
NAMENDA 100 100 53 42
LEVOFLOXACIN 97 71 55 103
FENTANYL 95 49 S2 56 115
CLOPIDOGREL 93 55 57 55
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 89 40 R 58 77
SPIRIVA 85 73 59 43
ROPINIROLE HCL 84 54 60 148
HUMALOG 82 71 61 123
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 81 81 62 144
LANTUS 76 65 63 44
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 76 54 63 51
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 74 65 65 116
PLAVIX 74 60 65 79
NOVOLOG 74 72 65 100
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 73 53 68 19
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 72 72 69 94
NYSTOP 70 66 70 125
TRAMADOL HCL 70 41 70 24
LEVEMIR 67 44 72 174
HYDROXYZINE HCL 67 50 R 72 177
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 66 27 S2 74 101
GLIPIZIDE 66 66 74 46
PAROXETINE HCL 65 61 76 56
NIFEDIPINE ER 64 44 77 61
INSULIN SYRINGE 64 41 77 72
GLYBURIDE 63 58 R 79 40
DILTIAZEM HCL 63 57 79 207
SPIRONOLACTONE 60 59 81 73
NEXIUM 58 52 82 80
DIOVAN 57 57 83 26
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 57 48 83 70
LIPITOR 55 50 85 63
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 55 33 85 194
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 55 25 S2 85 98
DETROL LA 54 51 88 228
KLOR-CON M20 54 43 88 69
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 52 52 90 82
FLUOXETINE HCL 52 34 90 45
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 52 45 90 87
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 51 48 93 78
NABUMETONE 51 20 93 164
JANUVIA 51 41 93 81
SEROQUEL 50 48 96 102
CEFUROXIME 50 38 96 244
CHOLESTYRAMINE 50 50 96 300
CELEBREX 50 50 96 127
LEVETIRACETAM 50 32 96 90
BUMETANIDE 50 50 96 167
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 April 2, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.