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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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27,454Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 59 out of 6645

$2.37M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 60 out of 6645

498 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% 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

13% of this provider’s 498 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 23,937 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

51% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$86 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

55 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,192 1,050 1 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 942 861 2 10
LIDODERM 593 544 3 53
TAMSULOSIN HCL 574 548 4 22
DIOVAN 559 509 5 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 540 466 6 24
CELEBREX 484 468 7 54
GLIMEPIRIDE 466 412 8 47
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 460 439 9 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 449 414 10 12
LOVASTATIN 433 368 11 15
CRESTOR 426 394 12 34
FAMOTIDINE 389 334 13 33
METFORMIN HCL 386 314 14 7
GABAPENTIN 372 314 15 18
OMEPRAZOLE 357 271 16 6
LISINOPRIL 356 293 17 3
AVODART 352 345 18 99
PROAIR HFA 344 307 19 32
ACTONEL 332 323 20 92
WELCHOL 329 262 10 21 199
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 301 265 22 241
METFORMIN HCL ER 292 234 23 89
VOLTAREN 285 269 24 108
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 275 261 25 66
BYSTOLIC 256 252 26 110
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 247 208 27 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 240 229 28 14
NASONEX 234 208 29 126
LIPITOR 231 217 30 69
JANUVIA 230 196 31 38
CLOPIDOGREL 223 198 32 36
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 219 167 33 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 217 200 34 9
ATENOLOL 216 199 35 8
PLAVIX 215 197 36 49
NEXIUM 214 200 37 40
SINGULAIR 211 198 38 76
ADVAIR DISKUS 211 210 38 45
ATELVIA 210 208 40 91
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 205 130 S3 41 5
ACTOS 202 170 42 71
CITALOPRAM HBR 201 183 43 35
RAPAFLO 197 189 44 246
BENAZEPRIL HCL 191 149 45 21
SPIRIVA 184 180 46 65
LOVAZA 184 154 46 68
SYMBICORT 183 172 48 153
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 182 157 49 55
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 177 156 50 147
TRAMADOL HCL 175 159 51 30
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 175 150 51 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 169 125 53 4
DEXILANT 168 152 54 102
AZITHROMYCIN 163 127 55 44
FUROSEMIDE 162 149 56 11
LYRICA 161 148 57 127
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 156 147 58 17
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 152 132 59 81
EXELON 150 150 60 149
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 144 132 61 177
VENTOLIN HFA 142 110 62 146
BACLOFEN 138 103 63 100
SUCRALFATE 133 105 64 256
SIMVASTATIN 130 97 65 1
PATANOL 129 121 66 131
ZETIA 126 126 67 87
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 121 109 68 128
JANUMET 117 113 69 132
AMOXICILLIN 116 108 70 107
ALLOPURINOL 116 98 70 31
ULORIC 114 114 72 227
ASTEPRO 113 111 73 414
CYMBALTA 111 91 74 78
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 110 87 75 214
BENICAR 110 98 75 84
NAMENDA 110 110 75 41
FLECTOR 109 95 78 230
CARVEDILOL 108 107 79 25
CROMOLYN SODIUM 104 96 80 331
VYTORIN 103 103 81 170
FLOVENT HFA 95 55 82 293
SULINDAC 93 84 83 322
RANITIDINE HCL 92 90 84 51
FINASTERIDE 91 72 85 73
MELOXICAM 91 87 85 46
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 90 82 87 121
NIFEDIPINE ER 89 78 88 82
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 88 74 89 28
BONIVA 86 80 90 191
NABUMETONE 85 82 91 190
MECLIZINE HCL 83 81 92 122
ONGLYZA 83 81 92 168
PENNSAID 82 73 94 366
MEGESTROL ACETATE 81 75 R 95 104
KETOCONAZOLE 81 64 95 196
VESICARE 77 52 97 148
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 73 61 98 52
GLIPIZIDE 73 71 98 23
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 71 60 R 100 184
ACIPHEX 70 64 101 167
DIOVAN HCT 69 61 102 64
PROCTOZONE-HC 69 53 102 243
GLYBURIDE 67 67 R 104 58
TRILIPIX 63 50 105 178
FELODIPINE ER 62 49 106 105
DIGOXIN 62 55 106 59
IBUPROFEN 61 40 108 42
CREON 61 59 108 114
DONEPEZIL HCL 60 50 110 27
MICARDIS 59 50 111 232
PAROXETINE HCL 59 42 111 72
VIAGRA 55 38 113 335
ADACEL 54 39 114 212
ACARBOSE 54 37 114 211
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 54 31 114 289
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 53 53 117 176
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 53 49 117 198
JALYN 53 53 117 354
EXFORGE 52 52 120 155
LANTUS 52 38 120 50
PREDNISONE 51 39 122 57
AVAPRO 51 50 122 493
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 50 40 124 187
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 50 31 124 139
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 Dec. 18, 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.