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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,390Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 108 out of 6645

$1.96M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 85 out of 6645

525 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
92% 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

7% of this provider’s 525 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 20,988 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

53% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$88 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

43 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
SIMVASTATIN 960 909 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 852 839 2 2
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 604 597 3 14
ATELVIA 584 569 4 91
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 519 476 5 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 517 470 6 12
EVISTA 499 482 7 90
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 495 460 8 4
DIOVAN 464 451 9 19
DIOVAN HCT 404 394 10 64
OMEPRAZOLE 398 367 11 6
CRESTOR 397 379 12 34
TAMSULOSIN HCL 396 359 13 22
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 385 376 14 62
MELOXICAM 385 362 14 46
JANUVIA 337 314 16 38
BENICAR 327 299 17 84
CARVEDILOL 306 294 18 25
ACTOS 272 256 19 71
PATANOL 256 252 20 131
PLAVIX 255 249 21 49
CLOPIDOGREL 249 245 22 36
NEXIUM 244 238 23 40
METFORMIN HCL 243 222 24 7
ONGLYZA 242 224 25 168
LOVAZA 237 237 26 68
ALLOPURINOL 234 217 27 31
LIDODERM 232 221 28 53
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 224 221 29 29
SPIRIVA 221 221 30 65
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 216 188 31 24
NAMENDA 190 190 32 41
SINGULAIR 185 178 33 76
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 184 167 34 20
BENICAR HCT 183 183 35 158
ADVAIR DISKUS 183 164 35 45
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 179 172 37 55
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 164 146 38 66
GLIMEPIRIDE 159 156 39 47
CELEBREX 147 133 40 54
PATADAY 146 139 41 183
METFORMIN HCL ER 144 127 42 89
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 139 104 43 26
ZOSTAVAX 138 131 44 115
ATENOLOL 131 123 45 8
PROPYLTHIOURACIL 130 118 10 46 465
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 126 121 47 241
URSODIOL 126 126 47 349
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 122 122 49 287
AZITHROMYCIN 120 110 50 44
DEXILANT 120 120 50 102
ACTOPLUS MET 118 102 52 275
FINASTERIDE 116 115 53 73
VYTORIN 112 112 54 170
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 109 91 55 17
VOLTAREN 109 102 55 108
CALVITE P&D 107 107 10 57 626
BYSTOLIC 103 98 58 110
JANUMET 98 89 59 132
SYMBICORT 97 96 60 153
RANITIDINE HCL 95 80 61 51
FUROSEMIDE 91 82 62 11
NIASPAN 89 76 63 164
FLECTOR 89 89 63 230
AVODART 87 87 65 99
SPIRONOLACTONE 83 60 66 85
FLUOCINONIDE 83 78 66 130
ULORIC 83 83 66 227
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 79 75 69 128
DONEPEZIL HCL 79 69 69 27
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 79 71 R 69 184
LIPITOR 78 70 72 69
FENOFIBRATE 78 78 72 74
BENAZEPRIL HCL 77 55 74 21
TRAZODONE HCL 77 77 74 60
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 74 65 76 121
ADVAIR HFA 72 72 77 513
CLONIDINE HCL 69 69 78 56
CREON 68 68 79 114
NASONEX 64 49 80 126
GABAPENTIN 64 61 80 18
SYNTHROID 63 63 82 79
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 63 63 82 147
LEVOFLOXACIN 63 60 82 83
TRILIPIX 61 59 85 178
PREDNISONE 60 59 86 57
AZOR 59 59 87 152
ACTONEL 59 53 87 92
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 58 58 89 200
PEN NEEDLE 58 49 89 159
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 57 34 91 237
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 57 53 91 28
MECLIZINE HCL 55 53 93 122
ACIPHEX 55 55 93 167
AMOXICILLIN 54 53 95 107
VESICARE 54 41 95 148
OYST-CAL-500 52 52 10 97 738
LYRICA 50 47 98 127
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 50 47 98 177
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.