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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,624Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 144 out of 978

$280K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 172 out of 978

227 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%Patients 65 Years and Older
49% 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

12% of this provider’s 227 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 227 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 3,900 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
SIMVASTATIN 330 277 1 2
LISINOPRIL 219 145 2 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 207 155 3 10
FUROSEMIDE 183 161 4 9
METFORMIN HCL 175 145 5 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 153 118 6 11
ATENOLOL 151 124 7 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 149 120 8 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 149 98 8 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 143 86 10 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 137 73 S3 11 17
OMEPRAZOLE 119 49 12 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 90 13 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 112 94 13 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 85 70 15 13
TRAMADOL HCL 83 27 16 24
ALLOPURINOL 79 60 17 34
KLOR-CON M20 78 60 18 66
GLIMEPIRIDE 73 61 19 63
TRAZODONE HCL 72 35 20 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 65 50 21 16
MIRTAZAPINE 64 54 22 31
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 63 34 23 28
SERTRALINE HCL 63 39 23 21
PROAIR HFA 63 12 23 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 59 45 26 33
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 33 27 36
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. 18, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.