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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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46,702Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 2563

$2.02M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 2563

1,110 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97% Patients 65 Years and Older
99% 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

3% of this provider’s 1,110 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 1,110 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

42 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 2,223 2,194 305 1 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 2,124 2,103 315 2 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,941 1,912 260 3 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 1,859 1,854* 224 10 4 13
CRESTOR 1,808 1,781 229 10 5 37
LISINOPRIL 1,406 1,401* 196 6 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,391 1,386* 155 7 4
ATENOLOL 1,313 1,274 157 8 9
TORSEMIDE 1,131 1,126* 160 10 9 127
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,128 1,123* 143 10 10
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 995 965 145 10 11 44
GABAPENTIN 912 907* 209 12 14
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 881 881 95 13 52
SIMVASTATIN 847 842* 125 14 2
CARVEDILOL 834 815 112 15 54
METFORMIN HCL 806 794 100 16 11
FUROSEMIDE 771 766* 80 17 8
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 735 735 103 18 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 619 594 121 19 32
LORAZEPAM 609 604* 135 B 20 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 563 544 82 21 16
SERTRALINE HCL 529 524* 83 22 20
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 522 517* 68 23 98
DIOVAN 509 509 66 24 33
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 445 432 58 10 25 217
CLOPIDOGREL 443 443 57 26 30
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 436 436 50 27 15
NEXIUM 429 429 48 28 83
GLIMEPIRIDE 419 407 57 29 66
ALLOPURINOL 418 418 50 30 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 366 366 62 31 38
MIRTAZAPINE 359 354* 58 32 31
NIFEDIPINE ER 335 335 49 33 62
LIDODERM 327 327 86 34 67
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 306 306 47 35 131
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 301 296* 38 36 68
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 300 300 45 37 29
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 296 280 58 38 7
PROAIR HFA 290 285* 99 39 21
METFORMIN HCL ER 283 266 36 40 59
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 277 272* 55 41 12
SPIRONOLACTONE 272 267* 33 42 69
TAMSULOSIN HCL 271 266* 46 43 27
DONEPEZIL HCL 271 271 38 43 28
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 263 263 71 45 65
FAMOTIDINE* 260 229 46 46 89
CITALOPRAM HBR 258 258 28 47 17
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 252 247* 94 48 26
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 232 232 24 A 49 47
NITROSTAT 213 208* 87 50 167
VOLTAREN 208 203* 85 51 163
JANUVIA 206 206 24 52 74
NAPROXEN 204 190 72 53 103
ADVAIR DISKUS 198 193* 54 54 43
MECLIZINE HCL 198 193* 70 54 114
PAROXETINE HCL 193 188* 22 56 61
TRAZODONE HCL 185 185 24 57 19
KETOCONAZOLE 171 171 36 58 208
HYDRALAZINE HCL 167 167 20 59 104
NAMENDA 162 162 27 60 35
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 161 156* 75 61 117
DIGOX 160 160 23 62 64
GLIPIZIDE XL 160 160 15 62 149
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 155 155 21 64 87
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 154 <11 <11 65 95
TRAMADOL HCL 153 153 40 66 23
CLONAZEPAM 146 141* 31 B 67 45
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 146 146 45 67 317
FENOFIBRATE* 138 138 16 69 72
LABETALOL HCL 132 132 22 70 120
CREON 131 126* 23 71 221
LACTULOSE 128 128 23 72 96
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 128 123* 17 72 75
IBUPROFEN 127 122* 43 74 51
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 126 126 32 75 145
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 121 <11 <11 R 76 106
TERAZOSIN HCL 118 118 12 77 84
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 117 117 16 78 97
CYMBALTA 109 109 16 79 53
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 108 <11 <11 80 77
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 108 108 33 80 243
FINASTERIDE 103 98* 20 82 63
SOLARAZE 102 102 37 83 348
AMMONIUM LACTATE 102 97* 41 83 247
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 102 102 16 83 330
BUSPIRONE HCL 97 97 13 86 156
SPIRIVA 95 95 21 87 48
FENOFIBRATE* 87 <11 <11 88 72
LOVASTATIN 87 87 11 88 42
RANITIDINE HCL 87 82* 14 88 36
LIDOCAINE 86 86 43 91 172
ZETIA 84 <11 <11 92 81
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 83 78* 16 93 71
ZOVIRAX 79 62 26 10 94 412
VESICARE 79 79 13 94 146
GLIPIZIDE ER 78 73* 21 96 91
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 78 73* 29 96 413
PROPRANOLOL HCL 76 <11 <11 98 122
EXELON 75 75 19 99 165
AMIODARONE HCL 71 <11 <11 100 183
DIOVAN HCT 70 70 22 101 386
PROCTOZONE-HC 69 69 24 102 315
CLOTRIMAZOLE 65 60* 27 103 280
RISPERIDONE 65 <11 <11 A 103 57
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 64 64 20 105 215
LIPITOR 64 <11 <11 105 373
CEFUROXIME 63 58* 54 107 267
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 62 62 14 108 70
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 62 62 45 108 94
LANTUS 61 <11 <11 110 50
BENICAR 60 <11 <11 111 159
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 60 <11 <11 111 124
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 57 52* 40 S3 113 115
FLUOXETINE HCL 57 <11 <11 113 49
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 57 52* 20 113 181
SURE-PREP ALCOHOL PREP PADS 56 51* 13 10 116 456
AMITIZA 55 55 14 117 250
SYNTHROID 55 <11 <11 117 79
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 53 <11 <11 119 58
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 53 48* 43 119 153
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 52 <11 <11 121 141
IRBESARTAN 51 <11 <11 122 213
LOVAZA 51 <11 <11 122 210
DIGOXIN 51 <11 <11 122 225
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 March 26, 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.