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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,193Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 175 out of 1006

$448K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 274 out of 1006

252 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
77% 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 Connecticut
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 252 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 7,630 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $71 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 Connecticut
WARFARIN SODIUM 388 323 1 8
FUROSEMIDE 291 278 2 6
LISINOPRIL 279 274 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 266 249 4 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 264 254 5 4
SIMVASTATIN 257 225 6 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 230 229 7 17
TRAZODONE HCL 202 191 8 21
MIRTAZAPINE 187 187 9 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 176 176 10 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 170 169 11 7
NAMENDA 165 165 12 34
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 143 143 13 27
CYMBALTA 140 140 14 41
TAMSULOSIN HCL 137 137 15 23
RISPERIDONE 136 124 16 40
METFORMIN HCL 127 127 17 10
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 126 95 18 53
CARVEDILOL 121 121 19 36
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 105 79 20 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 104 92 21 24
ATENOLOL 96 94 22 13
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 89 89 23 45
GABAPENTIN 85 84 24 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 75 25 11
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 70 62 26 73
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 67 67 27 80
TRAMADOL HCL 66 57 28 35
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 57 56 29 118
FINASTERIDE 56 56 30 76
LIDODERM 55 54 31 66
OMEPRAZOLE 55 53 31 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 53 53 33 15
DIOVAN 52 52 34 16
PREDNISONE 52 47 34 33
SPIRONOLACTONE 51 45 36 71
ADVAIR DISKUS 51 48 36 37
CLOPIDOGREL 50 50 38 46
FENTANYL 50 46 S2 38 74
LANTUS 50 49 38 43
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 Aug. 4, 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.