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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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28,771Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 2116

$2.84M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 2116

1,877 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84% Patients 65 Years and Older
43% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in New Jersey
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 1,877 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 1,877 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$99 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $77 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in New Jersey
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 963 825 286 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 802 699 230 2 2
ALPRAZOLAM 738 531 152 B 3 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 728 647 198 4 1
FUROSEMIDE 606 537 172 5 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 495 435 86 6 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 452 380 75 7 25
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 431 328 105 8 17
LISINOPRIL 419 341 127 9 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 406 356 110 10 10
OMEPRAZOLE 391 307 124 11 5
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 372 356 63 12 33
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 351 307 131 13 19
CLOPIDOGREL 350 333 92 14 12
CRESTOR 334 297 113 15 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 331 298 117 16 3
TRAMADOL HCL 323 234 74 17 30
JANUVIA 318 288 78 18 31
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 318 287 88 18 15
AZITHROMYCIN 316 257 209 20 35
CARVEDILOL 316 289 79 20 21
SYNTHROID 314 294 101 22 42
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 306 280 100 23 9
METFORMIN HCL 293 267 97 24 8
NEXIUM 244 202 70 25 20
SERTRALINE HCL 242 211 49 26 28
NAMENDA 237 232* 38 27 24
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 225 176 144 28 107
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 222 197 80 29 43
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 221 193 48 S3 30 51
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 214 195 80 31 13
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 209 188 72 32 32
AMOXICILLIN 208 157 149 33 129
MIRTAZAPINE 195 180 31 34 45
ATENOLOL 187 164 55 35 26
CLONAZEPAM 183 87 32 B 36 57
DIOVAN 177 165 44 37 16
ADVAIR DISKUS 171 140 41 38 41
LORAZEPAM 171 166* 47 B 38 38
RAMIPRIL 169 147 42 40 53
DONEPEZIL HCL 165 160* 38 41 22
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 165 160* 25 41 90
NYSTATIN 164 150 34 43 149
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 164 144 51 43 40
ZETIA 152 127 41 45 71
BENICAR 148 130 50 46 97
GABAPENTIN 136 93 43 47 23
PROAIR HFA 136 89 46 47 44
JANUMET 136 104 33 47 87
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 135 130* 45 S2 50 47
TRAZODONE HCL 135 101 26 50 68
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 132 120 56 52 95
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 130 119 38 53 46
ALLOPURINOL 126 121* 38 54 48
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 126 121* 40 54 29
LIDODERM 125 105 31 56 67
GLIPIZIDE 124 113 32 57 84
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 124 78 17 A 57 58
VYTORIN 122 91 34 59 176
CYMBALTA 122 68 36 59 49
TAMSULOSIN HCL 121 110 40 61 27
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 120 104 37 62 54
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 117 80 42 S2 63 93
GLIMEPIRIDE 117 100 36 63 34
FAMOTIDINE* 117 100 30 63 36
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 116 102 88 66 83
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 114 109* 32 67 63
LOVAZA 108 87 47 68 52
LEVOFLOXACIN 108 103* 77 68 59
LANTUS 104 99* 19 70 79
WELCHOL 102 81 36 71 148
BYSTOLIC 99 77 23 72 86
RESTASIS 97 <11 <11 73 235
PREDNISONE 96 91* 35 74 55
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 95 38 40 R 75 121
SPIRIVA 94 83 29 76 65
MELOXICAM 94 75 47 76 50
PAROXETINE HCL 93 79 29 78 78
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 92 81 30 79 70
AZOR 92 81 25 79 151
HYDRALAZINE HCL 91 91 19 81 80
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 91 86* 14 81 123
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 85* 40 83 37
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 88 62 22 84 66
FENOFIBRATE* 87 82* 27 85 85
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 86 55 34 86 138
LEVETIRACETAM 85 54 12 87 76
LYRICA 85 56 19 87 75
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 84 79* 35 89 162
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 84 64 26 89 133
NITROFURANTOIN* 83 83 17 91 296
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 83 78* 24 91 105
CARAFATE 82 <11 <11 93 300
LATANOPROST 80 <11 <11 94 154
IBUPROFEN 80 50 34 94 74
AVODART 78 73* 14 96 147
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 78 59 14 96 72
SPIRONOLACTONE 77 72* 17 98 94
DIAZEPAM 77 55 24 B 98 124
LACTULOSE 76 60 21 100 77
EXFORGE 76 62 21 100 109
DIGOX 75 70* 26 102 92
EVISTA 74 74 21 103 134
BENICAR HCT 74 55 25 103 128
FENTANYL 72 58 12 S2 105 82
CLONIDINE HCL 72 67* 19 105 69
CITALOPRAM HBR 72 53 29 105 56
CELEBREX 70 50 18 108 62
ROPINIROLE HCL 70 65* 21 108 211
TRAVATAN Z 67 <11 <11 110 222
FLUOXETINE HCL 66 61* 15 111 141
CEPHALEXIN 64 59* 50 112 182
LAMOTRIGINE 64 <11 <11 112 164
FINASTERIDE 64 64 19 112 96
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 64 59* 16 112 39
TOPROL XL 62 57* 19 116 166
NATEGLINIDE 62 48 20 116 209
COREG CR 62 57* 16 116 363
NIFEDIPINE ER 61 56* 24 119 103
XARELTO 60 <11 <11 120 173
BENAZEPRIL HCL 59 54* 14 121 174
KLOR-CON M20 59 54* 22 121 116
VERAPAMIL ER 57 52* 20 123 169
DILTIAZEM HCL 56 56 13 124 282
TEMAZEPAM 56 40 22 B 124 136
FENOFIBRATE* 55 50* 17 126 85
KLOR-CON 10 55 50* 26 126 200
AGGRENOX 54 <11 <11 128 208
OXYCODONE HCL 54 31 12 S2 128 61
RANITIDINE HCL 54 43 20 128 88
PRANDIN 53 53 12 131 160
NOVOLOG 52 47* 12 132 127
MECLIZINE HCL 51 46* 37 133 100
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 51 46* 23 133 104
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 50 <11 <11 135 113
CARISOPRODOL 50 <11 <11 R 135 297
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 50 45* 11 135 110
BUPROPION XL 50 45* 12 135 219
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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 April 18, 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.