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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,391Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 393 out of 2094

$427K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 639 out of 2094

417 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
32% 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

11% of this provider’s 417 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 417 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 6,470 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 32%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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
SIMVASTATIN 365 318 1 1
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 310 302 2 25
METFORMIN HCL 309 282 3 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 273 250 4 2
PREDNISONE 171 150 5 54
DIOVAN HCT 167 152 6 28
GLIMEPIRIDE 161 139 7 31
OMEPRAZOLE 150 139 8 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 138 133 9 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 134 116 10 3
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 126 115 11 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 121 119 12 5
FUROSEMIDE 116 103 13 6
CLOPIDOGREL 107 94 14 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 106 102 15 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 99 72 S3 16 42
DIOVAN 91 91 17 13
DIGOXIN 88 87 18 51
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 87 87 19 58
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 84 59 S2 20 40
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 81 71 21 9
CARVEDILOL 80 70 22 19
LIPITOR 79 79 23 39
MELOXICAM 74 69 24 49
PLAVIX 73 66 25 38
WARFARIN SODIUM 72 71 26 11
NEXIUM 68 54 27 16
LISINOPRIL 67 62 28 7
SPIRIVA 61 46 29 60
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 58 58 30 30
AMOXICILLIN 58 42 30 147
METHYLDOPA 57 50 R 32 501
AZITHROMYCIN 54 42 33 27
RAMIPRIL 53 53 34 48
MECLIZINE HCL 52 52 35 103
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 30, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.