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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Gastroenterology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,340Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 992

$431K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 48 out of 992

320 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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

15% of this provider’s 320 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 6,043 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

38% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 33%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $139 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 4.


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
NEXIUM 360 348 1 4
TRAMADOL HCL 325 304 2 55
OMEPRAZOLE 241 226 3 1
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 173 148 4 32
SIMVASTATIN 161 155 5 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 155 148 6 42
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 136 135 7 10
AMOXICILLIN 131 124 8 58
CREON 125 114 9 16
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 121 119 10 31
DIOVAN 96 96 11 35
MECLIZINE HCL 91 91 12 170
CELEBREX 90 90 13 36
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 88 88 14 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 87 83 15 19
FUROSEMIDE 86 82 16 30
LANSOPRAZOLE 86 84 16 28
LACTULOSE 80 80 18 38
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 80 54 S3 18 21
GLYBURIDE 76 76 R 20 91
MELOXICAM 76 76 20 46
ATENOLOL 75 69 22 29
DIOVAN HCT 75 73 22 49
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 74 68 S3 24 122
METFORMIN HCL 74 74 24 20
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 70 69 26 17
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 67 64 27 76
CRESTOR 66 63 28 45
TRICOR 65 65 29 171
IBUPROFEN 65 63 29 98
GABAPENTIN 64 63 31 48
SINGULAIR 62 58 32 87
PLAVIX 57 57 33 47
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 57 33 61
DONEPEZIL HCL 56 56 35 57
PAROXETINE HCL 55 53 36 129
ACTOS 52 52 37 101
CLOPIDOGREL 52 52 37 41
FAMOTIDINE 51 51 39 14
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 51 51 39 121
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 9, 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.