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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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60,021Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 2094

$4.62M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 2094

1,537 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
69% 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

4% of this provider’s 1,537 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 1,537 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 55,637 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

43% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 32%.

Prescription Price

$77 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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
CRESTOR 1,633 1,493 1 15
OMEPRAZOLE 1,596 1,479 2 4
GLIMEPIRIDE 1,516 1,412 10 3 31
DIOVAN HCT 1,473 1,380 10 4 28
CARVEDILOL 1,421 1,335 5 19
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,283 1,194 6 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,280 1,228 7 2
NEXIUM 1,268 1,165 8 16
DIOVAN 1,262 1,175 9 13
SIMVASTATIN 1,212 1,151 10 1
FUROSEMIDE 1,087 1,002 11 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,027 1,009 12 11
METFORMIN HCL 969 873 13 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 935 896 14 20
SINGULAIR 902 810 15 64
LOVAZA 892 817 16 53
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 888 807 17 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 884 826 18 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 870 824 19 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 819 817 20 9
LISINOPRIL 727 680 21 7
CLOPIDOGREL 701 676 22 22
JANUVIA 665 612 23 35
NATEGLINIDE 650 599 10 24 193
NAPROXEN 622 536 10 25 84
NAMENDA 606 603 26 32
PLAVIX 569 550 27 38
ADVAIR DISKUS 557 491 28 36
DEXILANT 554 503 29 124
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 553 537 30 30
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 474 421 31 128
FAMOTIDINE 460 448 32 34
AZITHROMYCIN 454 410 33 27
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 439 409 34 46
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 438 415 35 17
MECLIZINE HCL 421 365 36 103
BYSTOLIC 400 384 37 83
TAMSULOSIN HCL 398 381 38 29
EVISTA 382 371 39 131
TRAMADOL HCL 368 335 40 33
PROAIR HFA 367 317 41 45
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 366 338 42 37
LIDODERM 363 335 43 59
LIPITOR 358 335 44 39
LYRICA 351 343 45 85
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 351 333 45 52
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 346 301 R 47 115
LACTULOSE 341 323 48 65
SERTRALINE HCL 340 268 49 26
VOLTAREN 337 311 50 109
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 337 316 50 10
SPIRIVA 318 292 52 60
KETOCONAZOLE 311 277 53 196
FENOFIBRATE 310 288 54 104
ACTONEL 307 293 55 151
DIGOXIN 306 294 56 51
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 305 255 57 41
ALLOPURINOL 303 279 58 50
LEVOFLOXACIN 302 269 59 70
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 301 275 60 12
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 297 290 61 57
MELOXICAM 293 280 62 49
ATENOLOL 292 262 63 21
ONGLYZA 278 246 64 134
PAROXETINE HCL 269 245 65 77
CLONIDINE HCL 260 243 66 62
PEN NEEDLE 246 203 67 136
WELCHOL 244 230 68 146
EXELON 243 242 69 111
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 238 223 70 127
PRANDIN 237 221 71 125
TRICOR 237 223 71 99
FEXOFENADINE HCL 229 203 73 191
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 221 194 74 140
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 221 215 74 25
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 215 177 76 58
RAMIPRIL 213 201 77 48
BENICAR HCT 211 208 78 133
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 202 177 79 18
TRILIPIX 197 166 80 156
LANSOPRAZOLE 190 169 81 144
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 188 165 82 76
CILOSTAZOL 186 186 83 204
GABAPENTIN 182 170 84 23
LANTUS 181 155 85 66
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 172 165 86 69
BENICAR 171 153 87 108
HYDROXYZINE HCL 169 126 R 88 232
LEXAPRO 167 161 89 180
INSULIN SYRINGE 167 149 89 143
EXFORGE 164 156 91 105
SYNTHROID 162 162 92 44
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 161 146 93 188
ZETIA 161 156 93 79
PREDNISONE 160 130 95 54
TIZANIDINE HCL 158 142 96 254
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 157 129 97 91
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 154 145 S3 98 42
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 150 142 10 99 225
BACTROBAN 149 124 10 100 365
RANITIDINE HCL 137 121 101 80
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 128 127 102 75
CELEBREX 128 119 102 74
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 126 113 104 142
CITALOPRAM HBR 126 121 104 47
MIRTAZAPINE 125 124 106 43
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 123 123 107 237
NIFEDIPINE ER 120 108 108 96
PATANOL 119 118 109 198
VESICARE 116 112 110 152
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 104 111 55
PROCTOZONE-HC 110 106 112 266
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 110 96 112 169
KLOR-CON M20 108 87 114 106
NOVOLOG 107 83 115 116
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 106 105 R 116 178
AMMONIUM LACTATE 104 99 117 185
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 103 78 118 110
TORSEMIDE 102 87 119 118
FINASTERIDE 98 98 120 97
CYMBALTA 97 83 121 61
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 96 93 122 186
METOLAZONE 95 90 123 216
NASONEX 94 90 124 194
COREG CR 93 82 125 313
RIVASTIGMINE 92 92 126 387
ACARBOSE 92 80 126 371
ENABLEX 91 89 128 345
SPIRONOLACTONE 90 90 129 93
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 89 88 130 202
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 87 78 131 168
RISPERIDONE 84 64 132 56
GLYBURIDE 83 77 R 133 95
VENTOLIN HFA 77 75 134 132
PROPRANOLOL HCL 77 77 134 245
GLIPIZIDE 77 77 134 82
TEKTURNA 76 64 137 288
UNIFINE PENTIPS 76 71 137 257
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 74 72 S2 139 40
LUNESTA 74 67 139 293
AMIODARONE HCL 74 74 139 175
IBUPROFEN 74 68 139 73
BONIVA 73 68 143 256
HALOBETASOL PROPIONATE 72 70 144 368
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 72 56 144 81
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 72 72 144 102
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 72 72 144 90
DICYCLOMINE HCL 71 69 148 276
AMARYL 70 70 10 149 459
METRONIDAZOLE 70 65 149 290
MEGACE ES 68 68 R 151 301
LEVETIRACETAM 67 58 152 78
AZOR 65 65 153 155
CLARINEX 64 59 10 154 469
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 63 58 155 71
INDAPAMIDE 62 62 156 310
KLOR-CON M10 62 50 156 190
MEGESTROL ACETATE 61 61 R 158 174
MUPIROCIN 60 58 159 117
CARAFATE 60 55 159 270
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 59 59 161 183
KLOR-CON 10 59 55 161 171
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 57 57 163 141
DILTIAZEM ER 57 57 163 349
AVODART 57 57 163 163
LEVOXYL 56 56 166 130
COLCRYS 56 55 166 230
GLIPIZIDE ER 56 56 166 126
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 55 55 169 265
ROPINIROLE HCL 54 42 170 235
VANCOMYCIN HCL 54 54 170 308
PRADAXA 54 54 170 209
TAMIFLU 54 48 170 509
RENVELA 53 43 174 263
ACTOS 52 48 175 112
MINOXIDIL 50 50 176 418
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 50 50 176 120
RANEXA 50 50 176 323
METFORMIN HCL ER 50 50 176 67
AZELASTINE HCL 50 37 176 337
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 May 26, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.