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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,155Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 372 out of 2456

$339K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 501 out of 2456

237 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 237 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 7,061 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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 Massachusetts
FUROSEMIDE 410 410 1 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 379 377 2 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 358 357 3 9
TRAZODONE HCL 317 317 4 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 260 258 5 10
LISINOPRIL 238 218 6 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 225 225 7 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 221 221 8 14
SIMVASTATIN 183 176 9 2
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 168 168 10 51
MIRTAZAPINE 142 142 11 29
NAMENDA 141 140 12 42
RISPERIDONE 140 140 13 50
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 128 128 S3 14 20
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 120 120 15 47
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 117 114 16 5
LANTUS 105 105 17 44
OMEPRAZOLE 93 90 18 3
GLIPIZIDE 87 87 19 46
RANITIDINE HCL 85 85 20 31
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 80 80 21 48
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 79 79 22 82
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 77 74 23 15
SERTRALINE HCL 70 68 24 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 66 66 25 33
PREDNISONE 61 61 26 39
GABAPENTIN 60 59 27 16
LEVOFLOXACIN 56 56 28 103
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 55 53 29 13
ABILIFY 53 53 30 95
DIGOXIN 51 47 31 49
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.