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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Legal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,164Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 25

$515K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 25

160 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
86% 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

1% of this provider’s 3,213 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

46% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 35%.

Prescription Price

$100 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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
CRESTOR 288 199 1 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 220 143 2 2
NEXIUM 150 77 3 15
SIMVASTATIN 138 79 4 1
OMEPRAZOLE 124 70 5 6
JANUVIA 111 66 6 35
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 110 55 7 13
GLIMEPIRIDE 103 54 8 28
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 92 53 9 45
FUROSEMIDE 92 51 9 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 91 56 11 5
TRILIPIX 84 65 12 112
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 79 44 13 4
CARVEDILOL 76 55 14 16
ZETIA 72 42 15 86
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 65 45 16 9
SYNTHROID 65 29 16 85
DIOVAN HCT 62 54 18 20
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 50 19 77
TRAMADOL HCL 59 46 20 25
METFORMIN HCL 55 46 21 10
LYRICA 52 30 22 84
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 52 51 22 71
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 Feb. 8, 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.