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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,863Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 251

$390K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 33 out of 251

354 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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 Hampshire
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 354 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 354 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 6,967 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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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 Hampshire
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 318 257 1 3
LISINOPRIL 298 265 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 263 252 3 5
ATENOLOL 225 203 4 12
FUROSEMIDE 215 197 5 6
SIMVASTATIN 211 192 6 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 201 178 7 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 192 185 8 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 188 170 9 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 175 150 10 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 169 162 11 7
GABAPENTIN 146 121 12 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 136 136 13 13
SERTRALINE HCL 130 130 14 22
DONEPEZIL HCL 120 116 15 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 107 105 16 8
METFORMIN HCL 101 90 17 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 98 96 18 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 88 82 19 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 74 67 20 33
TRAZODONE HCL 73 56 21 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 65 65 22 14
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 64 64 23 38
RISPERIDONE 63 63 24 46
VERAPAMIL ER 63 57 24 136
MIRTAZAPINE 61 61 26 36
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 60 16 S2 27 116
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 60 45 27 19
TORSEMIDE 59 59 29 102
PREDNISONE 59 58 29 27
DIOVAN 55 55 31 23
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 54 46 32 40
LANTUS 54 54 32 49
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 53 44 S3 34 18
FLUOXETINE HCL 53 45 34 52
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 14, 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.