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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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27,015Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 2563

$1.66M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 2563

715 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Massachusetts
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 715 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 715 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 840 801 143 1 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 814 757 52 2 10
LISINOPRIL 706 620 125 3 1
RANITIDINE HCL 669 581 145 4 36
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 662 595 133 5 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 654 564 109 6 13
TRAZODONE HCL 577 505 102 7 19
SIMVASTATIN 572 464 92 8 2
FUROSEMIDE 542 510 95 9 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 538 510 99 10 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 492 464 85 11 12
MIRTAZAPINE 420 364 86 12 31
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 412 309 58 13 4
METFORMIN HCL 374 342 68 14 11
ALLOPURINOL 347 329 55 15 25
OMEPRAZOLE 342 268 81 16 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 332 308 53 17 29
GABAPENTIN 328 219 48 18 14
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 302 283 103 19 117
OLANZAPINE 291 280 26 A 20 60
CITALOPRAM HBR 269 227 37 21 17
EXELON 265 260* 49 22 165
DONEPEZIL HCL 261 261 38 23 28
ATENOLOL 249 206 35 24 9
LIDODERM 246 241* 66 25 67
TAMSULOSIN HCL 244 239* 47 26 27
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 242 218 90 27 26
GLIPIZIDE 242 221 45 27 46
NAMENDA 233 233 26 29 35
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 224 193 34 30 55
RISPERIDONE 221 197 30 A 31 57
LORAZEPAM 218 131 51 B 32 18
CLOPIDOGREL 206 177 35 33 30
TORSEMIDE 203 182 38 34 127
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 196 104 22 A 35 47
LACTULOSE 192 160 44 36 96
CLOZAPINE 192 <11 <11 A 36 80
NIFEDIPINE ER 187 182* 29 38 62
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 180 175* 42 39 16
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 179 174* 53 40 160
FLUOXETINE HCL 171 100 17 41 49
LANTUS 167 141 31 42 50
SERTRALINE HCL 141 122 22 43 20
PREDNISONE 138 133* 33 44 41
SUCRALFATE 137 132* 26 45 203
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 136 106 21 46 68
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 135 111 25 R 47 376
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 134 116 22 48 52
OXYCODONE HCL 134 43 33 S2 48 34
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 132 112 30 50 38
ABILIFY 124 <11 <11 A 51 78
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 121 97 26 52 7
BACLOFEN 120 83 13 53 116
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 118 113* 77 54 94
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 117 101 90 55 175
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 116 111* 27 56 24
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 115 110* 28 57 58
ADVAIR DISKUS 114 109* 28 58 43
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 113 96 51 59 207
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 112 80 32 S3 60 22
MECLIZINE HCL 108 80 42 61 114
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 106 101* 27 62 71
DIOVAN 104 92 15 63 33
NUEDEXTA 102 97* 14 64 229
HEPARIN SODIUM 99 69 20 65 303
PATANOL 98 98 26 66 402
LIDOCAINE 98 98 37 66 172
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 97 84 39 S3 68 115
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 97 82 43 68 65
FINASTERIDE 93 80 19 70 63
CLONAZEPAM 92 73 13 B 71 45
LEVETIRACETAM 91 72 19 72 86
RENVELA 91 <11 <11 72 234
PROAIR HFA 90 62 29 74 21
FAMOTIDINE* 90 85* 17 74 89
CALCITRIOL 86 75 12 76 158
CARBAMAZEPINE 84 61 19 77 155
NOVOLOG 83 44 16 78 107
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 82 77* 15 79 124
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 82 28 12 R 79 129
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 82 77* 17 79 95
PENTOXIFYLLINE 81 81 15 82 411
NAPROXEN 81 66 29 82 103
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 78 49 20 84 32
TRAMADOL HCL 77 56 19 85 23
MOMETASONE FUROATE 77 72* 28 85 414
HYDROXYZINE HCL 77 64 21 R 85 185
TERAZOSIN HCL 76 71* 11 88 84
ALPRAZOLAM 73 56 13 B 89 39
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 73 68* 20 89 70
NOVOLIN R 72 67* 17 91 211
GLIPIZIDE ER 71 66* 17 92 91
CRESTOR 70 65* 17 93 37
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 69 64* 28 94 90
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 68 35 14 S2 95 101
SPIRIVA 68 63* 19 95 48
GEMFIBROZIL 68 63* 14 95 109
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 67 37 12 98 179
DIGOX 67 55 13 98 64
AZITHROMYCIN 65 51 51 100 73
COLCRYS 65 <11 <11 100 147
METRONIDAZOLE 64 59* 39 102 319
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA ER 64 <11 <11 102 340
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 63 <11 <11 S2 104 40
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 63 46 13 104 219
LOVAZA 62 62 17 106 210
VERAPAMIL ER 62 47 13 106 99
PROCTOZONE-HC 59 54* 16 108 315
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 59 <11 <11 108 168
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 58 53* 20 110 215
ROPINIROLE HCL 57 <11 <11 111 139
PROCTOSOL-HC 55 50* 17 112 463
TOPIRAMATE 54 <11 <11 113 150
NOVOLIN N 53 <11 <11 114 212
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 52 47* 17 115 334
CEFACLOR 52 47* 34 115 477
MEGESTROL ACETATE 52 <11 <11 R 115 376
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 51 <11 <11 118 77
SPIRONOLACTONE 50 45* 11 119 69
CELEBREX 50 45* 19 119 110
NABUMETONE 50 45* 22 119 171
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 Dec. 19, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.