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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,531Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2273 out of 6645

$2.27M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 65 out of 6645

116 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
9%Patients 65 Years and Older
77% 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 California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

38% of this provider’s 116 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 841 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

59% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$411 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

48 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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 California
NORVIR 439 60 1 133
REYATAZ 376 57 2 197
TRUVADA 315 21 3 135
EPZICOM 251 81 4 223
ISENTRESS 215 15 5 173
ATRIPLA 150 12 6 254
PREZISTA 135 12 7 194
LISINOPRIL 123 19 8 3
BENAZEPRIL HCL 120 39 9 21
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 119 15 S3 10 5
TRAZODONE HCL 84 0 11 60
LOVAZA 84 21 11 68
TESTOSTERONE CYPIONATE 83 0 S3 13 324
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 83 26 13 10
SUSTIVA 82 21 15 413
VIREAD 81 0 16 259
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 72 13 17 134
ACYCLOVIR 68 0 18 206
PROAIR HFA 65 0 19 32
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 17 20 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 59 13 21 35
DOXEPIN HCL 59 0 21 441
LIPITOR 57 0 23 69
ANDROGEL 50 0 S3 24 279
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 50 0 24 2
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 Sept. 13, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.