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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,901Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 119 out of 5176

$906K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 338 out of 5176

571 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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 York
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 571 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 571 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 17,933 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 30%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 York
WARFARIN SODIUM 960 929 1 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 907 892 2 4
RANITIDINE HCL 801 780 3 36
SIMVASTATIN 688 641 4 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 608 589 5 6
FUROSEMIDE 493 485 6 8
LISINOPRIL 360 351 7 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 356 342 8 31
DONEPEZIL HCL 342 328 9 28
RISPERIDONE 342 315 9 78
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 306 294 11 2
NAMENDA 297 287 12 47
MIRTAZAPINE 286 270 13 45
METFORMIN HCL 264 246 14 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 259 249 15 34
NYSTATIN 213 202 16 168
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 204 197 17 11
LACTULOSE 200 189 18 87
TAMSULOSIN HCL 200 191 18 20
GABAPENTIN 200 197 18 21
SERTRALINE HCL 198 197 21 30
CARVEDILOL 182 182 22 24
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 181 148 23 104
HYDRALAZINE HCL 172 171 24 73
ATENOLOL 171 164 25 12
FENTANYL 165 163 S2 26 172
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 164 138 27 75
LEVETIRACETAM 160 148 28 92
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 157 155 29 22
LANTUS 152 142 30 66
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 138 138 31 10
TORSEMIDE 135 135 32 184
SANTYL 134 120 33 124
NOVOLOG 128 127 34 168
OMEPRAZOLE 128 121 34 3
HALOPERIDOL 124 111 36 145
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 115 110 37 74
MUPIROCIN 113 98 38 182
PREDNISONE 109 102 39 52
LATANOPROST 109 108 39 185
DIGOXIN 107 104 41 56
FAMOTIDINE 106 106 42 58
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 105 97 43 125
CYMBALTA 103 100 44 90
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 103 98 S2 44 101
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 102 101 46 130
TRAZODONE HCL 100 99 47 71
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 100 97 47 99
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 97 97 49 89
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 97 81 49 98
DIOVAN 96 96 51 19
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 90 90 52 374
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 89 74 53 244
GLIPIZIDE 88 88 54 63
BACLOFEN 86 71 55 173
CLOPIDOGREL 84 84 56 26
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 83 83 57 44
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 82 71 58 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 78 77 59 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 76 73 60 9
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 76 52 60 186
OLANZAPINE 75 60 62 140
SEROQUEL 74 65 63 166
PLAVIX 72 68 64 29
JANUVIA 69 61 65 25
DILANTIN 69 58 65 403
DILTIAZEM HCL 68 68 67 316
FINASTERIDE 65 65 68 69
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 65 63 68 138
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 65 65 68 176
TRAMADOL HCL 65 61 68 40
NIASPAN 64 64 72 175
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 63 62 73 119
LIDODERM 63 51 73 59
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 63 46 R 73 201
TIMOLOL MALEATE 62 62 76 318
CARAFATE 62 35 76 395
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 61 58 78 141
RAMIPRIL 60 60 79 50
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 58 58 80 17
SPIRONOLACTONE 58 58 80 88
GLIMEPIRIDE 57 57 82 37
FLUOCINONIDE 56 43 83 165
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 55 52 84 135
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 54 49 85 181
CEPHALEXIN 54 52 85 189
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 54 54 S2 85 301
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 53 52 88 103
KETOCONAZOLE 52 51 89 233
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 30, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.