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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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44,198Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 2456

$3.11M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 2456

961 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
64%Patients 65 Years and Older
84% 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

26% of this provider’s 961 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 961 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 30,644 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

46 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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 2,144 1,438 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 1,720 1,071 2 3
LISINOPRIL 1,623 1,189 3 1
METFORMIN HCL 1,276 832 4 11
FUROSEMIDE 1,270 1,037 5 8
CRESTOR 1,022 780 6 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 821 592 7 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 759 614 8 5
CARVEDILOL 726 546 9 54
CITALOPRAM HBR 671 390 10 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 664 559 11 10
GABAPENTIN 593 374 12 16
TRAZODONE HCL 566 464 13 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 559 473 14 9
OXYCODONE HCL 519 62 S2 15 38
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 515 421 16 19
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 500 344 17 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 484 323 18 7
MIRTAZAPINE 454 369 19 29
MECLIZINE HCL 448 360 20 107
ATENOLOL 446 262 21 6
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 442 314 22 47
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 437 371 23 37
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 399 106 S2 24 101
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 383 267 25 41
SERTRALINE HCL 379 302 26 21
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 375 203 S3 27 20
CELEBREX 363 309 28 127
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 337 213 29 64
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 337 160 S2 29 35
PROAIR HFA 328 174 31 22
JANUVIA 323 271 32 81
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 323 226 32 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 323 146 32 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 310 235 35 32
ACTOS 289 206 36 124
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 287 245 37 13
ADVAIR DISKUS 276 219 38 36
PAROXETINE HCL 275 171 39 56
SYMBICORT 273 149 40 138
FENOFIBRATE 269 156 41 68
DONEPEZIL HCL 267 266 42 23
PREDNISONE 261 218 43 39
MELOXICAM 256 153 44 121
ACTOPLUS MET 248 186 10 45 314
ALLOPURINOL 241 176 46 27
GLIMEPIRIDE 229 123 47 74
GLYBURIDE 227 191 R 48 40
ACTONEL 222 192 49 252
LANTUS 206 187 50 44
NOVOLOG 200 162 51 100
GLIPIZIDE 198 173 52 46
METFORMIN HCL ER 196 135 53 59
NAMENDA 193 193 54 42
CYMBALTA 193 100 54 65
CLOPIDOGREL 193 147 54 55
ONGLYZA 193 122 54 254
TRAMADOL HCL 191 135 58 24
DEXILANT 187 48 59 114
SPIRIVA 185 117 60 43
QUINAPRIL HCL 185 143 60 110
DIOVAN HCT 180 164 62 139
NEXIUM 180 143 62 80
ETODOLAC 177 79 64 200
RISPERIDONE 175 87 65 50
KLOR-CON M20 172 128 66 69
NAPROXEN 167 68 67 109
PRADAXA 164 151 68 225
LEVEMIR 155 150 69 174
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 154 152 70 85
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 151 122 71 182
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 151 83 71 30
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 149 23 S2 73 98
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 148 95 R 74 83
SPIRONOLACTONE 148 108 74 73
ZETIA 147 73 76 86
VYTORIN 147 97 76 309
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 147 123 76 48
NABUMETONE 147 98 76 164
DIOVAN 145 81 80 26
NYSTATIN 145 110 80 99
SEROQUEL 143 91 82 102
ROPINIROLE HCL 142 106 83 148
LIDODERM 139 129 84 58
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 139 115 84 94
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 138 95 R 86 245
ABILIFY 136 88 87 95
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 132 92 88 214
FLUOXETINE HCL 126 71 89 45
SINGULAIR 124 69 90 149
LEVOFLOXACIN 123 91 91 103
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 122 90 92 51
FINASTERIDE 122 122 92 66
IBUPROFEN 121 64 94 52
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 120 120 95 71
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 119 82 96 53
LYRICA 117 27 97 199
PIOGLITAZONE-METFORMIN 116 85 R 10 98 387
TOPIRAMATE 113 15 99 162
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 109 79 100 136
TERAZOSIN HCL 107 92 101 76
WELCHOL 101 41 102 304
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 100 79 103 15
COMBIVENT 97 53 104 132
NITROSTAT 97 79 104 169
DIGOXIN 97 97 104 49
LOVASTATIN 97 80 104 34
PLAVIX 96 69 108 79
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 95 82 109 257
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 95 79 109 70
LAMOTRIGINE 95 31 109 120
FENTANYL 95 46 S2 109 115
INSULIN SYRINGE 92 75 113 72
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 92 92 113 113
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 91 58 115 170
LIPITOR 91 52 115 63
PEN NEEDLE 88 30 117 150
PROPRANOLOL HCL 88 42 117 108
TRICOR 87 50 119 163
SEROQUEL XR 86 41 120 288
AZITHROMYCIN 86 46 120 60
BUPROPION HCL SR 86 45 120 119
NIASPAN 85 25 123 181
BACLOFEN 85 20 123 112
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 84 56 125 117
DILTIAZEM HCL 83 76 126 207
JANUMET 82 45 127 297
OMEPRAZOLE-SODIUM BICARBONATE 81 73 10 128 414
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 80 65 129 134
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 80 54 129 216
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 79 57 131 18
LEVETIRACETAM 79 58 131 90
HUMALOG 75 69 133 123
ENDOCET 75 20 S2 133 281
OLANZAPINE 74 74 135 57
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 74 74 135 82
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 73 63 137 116
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 70 55 138 341
ATELVIA 68 61 139 437
NIFEDIAC CC 66 51 140 175
RANITIDINE HCL 66 56 140 31
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 66 43 140 144
VESICARE 65 29 143 205
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 65 22 R 143 77
HYDROXYZINE HCL 64 32 R 145 177
PROVENTIL HFA 64 47 145 390
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 63 46 147 147
ACARBOSE 62 47 148 333
COLCRYS 61 36 149 171
AMLODIPINE-ATORVASTATIN 61 55 149 448
HYDROCORTISONE 60 37 151 234
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 60 35 151 229
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 60 35 151 176
DALIRESP 59 49 154 379
XARELTO 57 48 155 390
COREG CR 57 43 155 460
BUMETANIDE 57 29 155 167
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 56 45 158 140
KRISTALOSE 55 40 159 468
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 53 45 160 92
BUDESONIDE 52 52 161 238
LATANOPROST 52 52 161 156
HYDRALAZINE HCL 51 51 163 105
NIFEDIPINE ER 51 42 163 61
LORAZEPAM 51 42 163 67
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 5, 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.