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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,943Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1588 out of 6645

$349K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2056 out of 6645

571 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
15% 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

2% of this provider’s 571 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 571 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 6,566 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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 354 333 1 2
K-TAB 347 329 10 2 98
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 296 283 3 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 280 234 S3 4 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 271 256 5 9
ATENOLOL 266 259 6 8
LISINOPRIL 262 252 7 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 260 240 8 10
SIMVASTATIN 249 244 9 1
FUROSEMIDE 217 211 10 11
GLIPIZIDE 204 199 11 23
HYDRALAZINE HCL 155 153 12 77
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 143 138 13 13
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 141 132 14 37
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 131 122 15 20
METFORMIN HCL 129 125 16 7
MELOXICAM 126 118 17 46
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 123 123 18 14
FAMOTIDINE 117 113 19 33
OMEPRAZOLE 111 94 20 6
NOVOLIN N 109 106 21 106
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 101 100 22 26
INSULIN SYRINGE 100 99 23 61
PROAIR HFA 97 94 24 32
TERAZOSIN HCL 87 87 25 48
ALLOPURINOL 83 82 26 31
LEVOTHROID 76 73 27 39
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 72 71 28 171
LOVASTATIN 64 63 29 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 55 52 30 4
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 54 54 31 143
LIPITOR 53 53 32 69
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. 23, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.