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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,837Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2760 out of 6645

$357K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1990 out of 6645

142 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%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

27% of this provider’s 142 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 4,358 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

39% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$74 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
ATELVIA 349 314 1 91
SIMVASTATIN 197 185 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 133 121 3 2
METFORMIN HCL 127 116 4 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 125 80 S3 5 5
FUROSEMIDE 124 117 6 11
GABAPENTIN 102 88 7 18
AZITHROMYCIN 89 78 8 44
OMEPRAZOLE 89 89 8 6
LISINOPRIL 85 85 10 3
GLYBURIDE 82 82 R 11 58
CARVEDILOL 81 81 12 25
ACTOS 79 79 13 71
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 77 73 14 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 50 15 9
CELEBREX 67 67 15 54
GLIMEPIRIDE 67 67 15 47
CRESTOR 63 63 18 34
PLAVIX 62 58 19 49
ATENOLOL 62 62 19 8
BENAZEPRIL HCL 61 58 21 21
NEXIUM 61 53 21 40
RAMIPRIL 61 45 21 118
NAMENDA 59 57 24 41
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 59 57 24 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 59 46 24 17
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 55 43 27 55
JANUVIA 52 52 28 38
TAMSULOSIN HCL 51 51 29 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 50 38 30 13
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.