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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,239Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 459 out of 2563

$350K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 541 out of 2563

317 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75% Patients 65 Years and Older
58% 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 Massachusetts
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 317 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 317 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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 Massachusetts
OMEPRAZOLE 395 264 63 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 356 272 58 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 332 305 48 3 4
LISINOPRIL 329 293 56 4 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 231 208 44 5 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 214 170 36 6 5
METFORMIN HCL 203 120 35 7 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 189 184* 19 8 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 163 138 27 9 7
ATENOLOL 158 147 22 10 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 149 87 27 11 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 145 128 23 12 12
FUROSEMIDE 118 113* 20 13 8
GABAPENTIN 108 69 15 14 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 106 36 21 S3 15 22
LOVASTATIN 98 93* 16 16 42
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 89 45 19 S2 17 40
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 80 75* 11 18 97
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 79 <11 <11 19 24
DIOVAN 77 <11 <11 20 33
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 75 56 25 21 26
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 75 53 11 21 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 72 <11 <11 23 28
LORAZEPAM 71 38 21 B 24 18
GLIPIZIDE 64 27 13 25 46
CRESTOR 62 35 11 26 37
PROAIR HFA 61 21 28 27 21
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 61 46 14 27 32
ADVAIR DISKUS 58 30 14 29 43
TRAZODONE HCL 58 33 11 29 19
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 57 45 12 31 15
JANUVIA 57 <11 <11 31 74
ALPRAZOLAM 52 47* 13 B 33 39
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 Jan. 20, 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.