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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,207Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 40 out of 2094

$1.63M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 20 out of 2094

475 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
92% 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 Jersey
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 13,191 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

47% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 32%.

Prescription Price

$95 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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
DIOVAN HCT 788 604 1 28
METFORMIN HCL 587 421 2 8
GABAPENTIN 583 451 3 23
GLIMEPIRIDE 434 361 4 31
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 428 331 5 5
CRESTOR 418 343 6 15
OMEPRAZOLE 406 284 7 4
CLOPIDOGREL 403 353 8 22
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 383 348 9 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 354 308 10 9
NEXIUM 353 282 11 16
SIMVASTATIN 331 255 12 1
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 303 239 13 30
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 289 215 14 52
NAMENDA 272 244 15 32
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 270 236 16 2
LOVAZA 258 178 17 53
PLAVIX 252 223 18 38
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 245 203 19 14
LIDODERM 225 157 20 59
CARVEDILOL 213 148 21 19
MELOXICAM 212 164 22 49
WELCHOL 192 154 23 146
TAMSULOSIN HCL 184 138 24 29
JANUMET 182 121 25 86
DIOVAN 176 131 26 13
DEXILANT 172 142 27 124
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 163 127 28 168
VOLTAREN 163 138 28 109
ADVAIR DISKUS 153 124 30 36
PROMETHAZINE HCL 148 92 R 31 184
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 144 88 32 76
EXELON 143 143 33 111
MECLIZINE HCL 141 105 34 103
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 135 112 35 91
AZITHROMYCIN 134 96 36 27
PROAIR HFA 128 73 37 45
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 122 106 38 81
LIPITOR 118 85 39 39
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115 84 40 225
SINGULAIR 113 85 41 64
EVISTA 112 80 42 131
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 109 101 43 17
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 104 59 44 41
DONEPEZIL HCL 102 101 45 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 101 89 46 37
LANSOPRAZOLE 91 68 47 144
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 89 63 48 100
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 89 73 48 142
SYMBICORT 88 53 50 149
BYSTOLIC 87 80 51 83
FUROSEMIDE 87 49 51 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 87 72 51 10
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 86 72 54 46
CELEBREX 85 74 55 74
JANUVIA 82 73 56 35
ACTONEL 80 42 57 151
TRICOR 80 42 57 99
LYRICA 79 50 59 85
SERTRALINE HCL 75 53 60 26
KOMBIGLYZE XR 72 72 61 248
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 50 62 12
NIFEDIPINE ER 69 30 63 96
RAMIPRIL 68 46 64 48
VESICARE 67 66 65 152
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 66 49 66 128
SPIRIVA 65 57 67 60
FORTEO 62 59 68 395
CYMBALTA 62 37 68 61
ZOVIRAX 61 48 70 480
FEXOFENADINE HCL 61 39 70 191
NAPROXEN 58 30 72 84
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 58 53 72 160
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 55 55 R 74 94
AMMONIUM LACTATE 54 23 75 185
PRADAXA 54 43 75 209
BENICAR HCT 53 53 77 133
UNIFINE PENTIPS 52 32 78 257
IBUPROFEN 52 26 78 73
TEKTURNA 50 25 80 288
AMITIZA 50 40 80 239
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 50 44 80 75
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 9, 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.