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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,244Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 168

$1.18M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 168

530 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
11%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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

6% of this provider’s 530 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 1,105 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$105 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $84 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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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 Massachusetts
CLOZAPINE 1,455 17 10 1 19
RISPERIDONE 734 65 2 25
TRAZODONE HCL 532 70 3 10
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 532 29 R 3 47
SERTRALINE HCL 530 56 5 23
BUPROPION HCL SR 476 79 6 41
CITALOPRAM HBR 470 70 7 13
ABILIFY 419 34 8 35
FLUOXETINE HCL 366 31 9 26
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 300 13 10 51
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 272 20 11 17
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 270 16 12 69
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 254 18 13 21
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 253 13 14 62
OLANZAPINE 245 30 15 39
LITHIUM CARBONATE 227 0 16 79
CYMBALTA 225 47 17 60
TOPIRAMATE 204 0 18 52
HALOPERIDOL 196 44 19 99
MIRTAZAPINE 185 23 20 33
PAROXETINE HCL 180 55 21 63
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 173 0 R 22 146
LAMOTRIGINE 162 12 23 28
BUSPIRONE HCL 157 48 24 100
OXCARBAZEPINE 155 0 25 86
RISPERDAL CONSTA 135 0 26 159
GLYCOPYRROLATE 118 12 27 200
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 112 0 28 103
GABAPENTIN 99 0 29 15
PERPHENAZINE 97 0 30 173
DOXEPIN HCL 85 15 31 178
CARBAMAZEPINE 85 20 31 106
SEROQUEL 82 0 33 70
PROPRANOLOL HCL 70 0 34 95
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 59 12 R 35 73
FLUPHENAZINE HCL 58 0 36 194
SAPHRIS 57 0 37 274
FLUVOXAMINE MALEATE 51 0 38 301
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. 5, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.