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Prescriber Checkup

ALFRED BERWICK MD

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,866Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 45 out of 2888

$1.33M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 104 out of 2888

1,092 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
19% 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 Texas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 1,092 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 22,826 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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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 Texas
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,207 1,097 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 1,094 992 2 2
LISINOPRIL 763 697 3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 751 740 4 5
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 673 643 5 28
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 590 505 6 12
FUROSEMIDE 583 540 7 6
METFORMIN HCL 555 468 8 8
OMEPRAZOLE 552 519 9 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 513 498 10 10
LOVASTATIN 485 463 11 41
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 484 444 12 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 482 443 13 24
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 469 435 S3 14 4
CARVEDILOL 368 344 15 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 348 340 16 22
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 317 313 17 18
CLOPIDOGREL 310 279 18 30
TERAZOSIN HCL 307 296 19 152
ATENOLOL 294 289 20 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 291 257 21 14
GABAPENTIN 290 278 22 13
TRAMADOL HCL 286 248 23 16
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 276 265 24 46
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 273 241 25 17
PLAVIX 264 253 26 40
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 264 245 26 9
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 240 205 28 33
LANTUS 228 213 29 45
GLIMEPIRIDE 227 189 30 36
NEXIUM 214 209 31 19
ZETIA 210 183 32 81
CYMBALTA 200 181 33 44
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 188 159 34 15
MELOXICAM 183 170 35 31
ALLOPURINOL 176 146 36 37
CRESTOR 166 144 37 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 161 161 38 29
GEMFIBROZIL 159 128 39 98
DIOVAN HCT 145 133 40 61
TRAZODONE HCL 138 102 41 43
PREDNISONE 135 133 42 42
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 133 133 43 23
MIRTAZAPINE 132 111 44 54
ESTRADIOL 127 123 R 45 139
SPIRONOLACTONE 126 126 46 70
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 124 114 47 32
GLYBURIDE 124 108 R 47 58
HUMALOG 120 94 49 166
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 119 71 50 92
CLONIDINE HCL 114 110 51 39
SYNTHROID 113 104 52 52
INDAPAMIDE 107 105 53 235
SERTRALINE HCL 107 98 53 27
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 106 99 R 55 74
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 105 97 56 88
DIGOXIN 99 91 57 55
INSULIN SYRINGE 98 83 58 86
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 96 89 59 47
LYRICA 94 78 60 69
PEN NEEDLE 94 75 60 110
DIOVAN 92 92 62 35
TRICOR 91 72 63 91
SINGULAIR 90 85 64 85
ACTOS 88 76 65 108
RANITIDINE HCL 87 87 66 56
AZITHROMYCIN 86 81 67 38
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 85 85 68 67
VYTORIN 84 71 69 155
PREMARIN 84 84 R 69 129
FAMOTIDINE 80 80 71 75
SPIRIVA 79 67 72 79
ADVAIR DISKUS 78 78 73 60
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 77 76 74 51
FLUOXETINE HCL 77 65 74 83
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 77 64 74 49
BYSTOLIC 76 74 77 99
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 76 71 77 227
VERAPAMIL ER 75 70 79 104
NIFEDIPINE ER 75 75 79 76
PROPRANOLOL HCL 69 52 81 164
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 69 68 81 94
FENOFIBRATE 68 61 83 65
CELEBREX 65 45 84 89
KLOR-CON M20 65 65 84 90
DOXEPIN HCL 65 54 84 248
TEMAZEPAM 63 63 87 383
ROPINIROLE HCL 59 59 88 115
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 58 58 89 63
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 57 57 90 183
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 57 54 90 101
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 55 55 92 116
PROAIR HFA 53 33 93 71
DONEPEZIL HCL 52 52 94 26
FINASTERIDE 52 52 94 102
EVISTA 50 50 96 125
KLOR-CON 10 50 50 96 195
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 Nov. 15, 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.