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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,865Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 223 out of 6969

$710K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 281 out of 6969

200 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
100% 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

18% of this provider’s 200 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 11,630 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

38% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

64 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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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
IBUPROFEN 504 444 1 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 503 444 2 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 451 430 3 32
DIOVAN HCT 367 344 4 57
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 356 349 5 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 344 297 6 4
SIMVASTATIN 299 262 7 1
OMEPRAZOLE 298 264 8 6
METFORMIN HCL 282 242 9 7
NEXIUM 264 192 10 52
MECLIZINE HCL 255 224 11 100
SERTRALINE HCL 249 224 12 38
CRESTOR 249 216 12 39
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 232 198 14 13
TRAMADOL HCL 231 226 15 27
GLYBURIDE 223 197 R 16 54
DIOVAN 208 173 17 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 205 205 18 14
ATENOLOL 198 175 19 9
FUROSEMIDE 191 173 20 10
ADVAIR DISKUS 156 129 21 45
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 153 129 22 5
CARVEDILOL 146 138 23 25
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 139 139 S3 24 73
BENAZEPRIL HCL 139 120 24 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 130 130 26 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 129 128 27 22
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 128 103 28 91
CLONIDINE HCL 121 121 29 59
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 115 115 30 56
LIPITOR 113 109 31 89
VOLTAREN 106 95 32 105
DEXILANT 104 92 33 110
GABAPENTIN 103 94 34 17
PLAVIX 101 96 35 68
MELOXICAM 101 101 35 36
PAROXETINE HCL 100 100 37 65
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 100 100 R 37 92
CELEBREX 98 96 39 67
LIDODERM 94 94 40 75
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 92 68 S3 41 3
RANITIDINE HCL 91 90 42 46
PROAIR HFA 90 85 43 33
NAPROXEN 88 63 44 62
CLOPIDOGREL 87 80 45 48
LOVAZA 82 82 46 77
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 80 70 47 81
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 74 73 48 78
LANTUS 68 61 49 50
PROPRANOLOL HCL 68 66 49 153
ACTOS 67 67 51 61
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 66 61 52 178
HUMULIN 70-30 65 65 53 294
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 58 54 8
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 62 46 55 55
ACTONEL 61 61 56 115
ZETIA 60 49 57 98
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 59 50 58 269
PATANOL 57 57 59 142
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 55 46 60 12
EXELON 54 54 61 157
COREG CR 54 51 61 252
NIFEDIPINE ER 53 53 63 95
CLOTRIMAZOLE 51 34 64 259
NASONEX 50 42 65 144
CREON 50 50 65 147
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 8, 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.