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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,530Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 96 out of 2094

$863K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 154 out of 2094

412 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
87% 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
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this specialty
in New Jersey
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 412 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 412 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 10,069 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 32%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 548 487 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 506 435 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 415 350 3 4
SIMVASTATIN 407 348 4 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 267 236 5 10
METFORMIN HCL 263 226 6 8
FUROSEMIDE 248 224 7 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 196 159 8 20
MELOXICAM 175 144 9 49
MIRTAZAPINE 171 121 10 43
TAMSULOSIN HCL 168 168 11 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 166 163 12 17
CARVEDILOL 161 147 13 19
NAMENDA 160 123 14 32
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 160 140 14 30
JANUVIA 154 152 16 35
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 154 126 16 90
GABAPENTIN 153 142 18 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 150 134 19 5
RISPERIDONE 141 80 20 56
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 126 107 21 24
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 126 50 21 71
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 122 67 23 14
LISINOPRIL 122 117 23 7
TRAZODONE HCL 121 63 25 72
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 110 25 26 46
RANITIDINE HCL 109 109 27 80
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 109 102 R 27 94
WARFARIN SODIUM 108 106 29 11
SANTYL 105 61 30 114
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 105 102 30 9
ADVAIR DISKUS 103 101 32 36
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 103 97 32 52
PROAIR HFA 102 97 34 45
TRAMADOL HCL 101 89 35 33
GLIPIZIDE 97 86 36 82
GLIPIZIDE ER 96 90 37 126
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 94 93 38 12
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 92 66 39 25
DIOVAN 89 89 40 13
FAMOTIDINE 82 22 41 34
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 80 63 42 75
LACTULOSE 77 42 43 65
CLOPIDOGREL 76 69 44 22
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 76 76 44 18
GLYBURIDE 75 75 R 46 95
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 74 38 47 69
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 73 38 48 173
VALPROIC ACID 72 27 49 221
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 68 68 50 57
AZITHROMYCIN 68 63 50 27
CLONIDINE HCL 66 54 52 62
BUDESONIDE 66 37 52 228
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 65 61 54 41
HALOPERIDOL 60 13 55 196
QUINAPRIL HCL 60 60 55 123
OLANZAPINE 60 0 55 113
NEXIUM 58 53 58 16
VENTOLIN HFA 57 52 59 132
ALLOPURINOL 56 43 60 50
NIFEDIPINE ER 56 56 60 96
NUEDEXTA 55 13 62 366
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 52 63 55
SYMBICORT 54 53 63 149
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 54 54 63 169
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 53 49 66 58
ATENOLOL 52 40 67 21
HYDROCORTISONE 52 26 67 268
PREDNISONE 52 42 67 54
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 51 28 S2 70 40
DIGOXIN 50 50 71 51
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 50 50 71 110
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.