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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,725Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2853 out of 6645

$211K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3680 out of 6645

308 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
12% 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

9% of this provider’s 308 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 4,186 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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 436 361 1 1
LISINOPRIL 287 252 2 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 218 163 3 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 177 163 4 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 174 152 5 13
FLUOXETINE HCL 162 135 6 63
OMEPRAZOLE 148 145 7 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 127 113 8 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 117 109 9 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 113 94 S3 10 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 105 99 11 12
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 95 89 12 26
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 95 89 12 28
RANITIDINE HCL 82 70 14 51
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 80 72 15 24
FUROSEMIDE 66 66 16 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 65 55 17 35
ALLOPURINOL 63 63 18 31
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 61 56 19 4
TAMSULOSIN HCL 61 56 19 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 57 57 21 17
DIOVAN 56 56 22 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 55 55 23 27
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 53 53 24 14
ATENOLOL 53 48 24 8
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. 26, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.