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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,255Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 131 out of 6645

$1.86M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 96 out of 6645

318 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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

15% of this provider’s 318 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 20,676 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

53% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$87 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

67 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
LIDODERM 760 720 1 53
NEXIUM 637 635 2 40
CRESTOR 605 583 3 34
CAPTOPRIL 531 531 10 4 221
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 464 423 5 4
ATENOLOL 455 442 6 8
DIOVAN 436 434 7 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 396 396 8 17
SIMVASTATIN 395 380 9 1
VOLTAREN 385 371 10 108
CYMBALTA 378 376 11 78
CELEBREX 364 364 12 54
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 363 363 13 62
DIOVAN HCT 363 363 13 64
OMEPRAZOLE 363 352 13 6
TRAMADOL HCL 347 331 16 30
ACIPHEX 334 323 10 17 167
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 327 307 18 12
FUROSEMIDE 313 313 19 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 312 304 20 2
LOVAZA 299 280 21 68
NASONEX 298 276 22 126
METFORMIN HCL 276 270 23 7
GABAPENTIN 274 273 24 18
BYSTOLIC 272 269 25 110
JANUVIA 267 267 26 38
ADVAIR DISKUS 260 250 27 45
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 248 248 28 10
SYNTHROID 222 222 29 79
MECLIZINE HCL 212 212 30 122
ALLOPURINOL 194 188 31 31
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 180 172 32 86
CREON 175 175 33 114
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 171 168 34 13
CLONIDINE HCL 162 162 35 56
ZETIA 159 159 36 87
TAMSULOSIN HCL 159 159 36 22
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 158 158 38 20
RANITIDINE HCL 155 135 39 51
PLAVIX 155 155 39 49
NAMENDA 150 150 41 41
GLIMEPIRIDE 150 150 41 47
MICARDIS HCT 146 146 43 299
VESICARE 145 145 44 148
DONEPEZIL HCL 143 143 45 27
SINGULAIR 139 130 46 76
JANUMET 135 135 47 132
DEXILANT 133 121 48 102
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 131 125 49 29
CARVEDILOL 130 125 50 25
MELOXICAM 128 120 51 46
CLOPIDOGREL 126 126 52 36
LEXAPRO 122 118 53 218
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 119 110 S3 54 5
ROPINIROLE HCL 114 114 55 166
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 110 104 56 24
MICARDIS 107 107 57 232
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 106 95 S3 58 80
ULORIC 104 104 59 227
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 104 104 59 66
NITROSTAT 98 98 61 193
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 94 94 62 97
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 94 94 62 28
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 93 88 R 64 117
DICYCLOMINE HCL 93 93 64 278
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 93 93 64 222
AMITIZA 92 92 67 245
WARFARIN SODIUM 91 82 68 16
IBUPROFEN 90 67 69 42
BENICAR 84 77 70 84
EXELON 83 83 71 149
LUNESTA 77 77 72 287
SPIRIVA 75 75 73 65
LISINOPRIL 75 75 73 3
COLCRYS 75 70 73 192
VALACYCLOVIR 74 72 76 271
NITROLINGUAL 72 72 77 496
BENAZEPRIL HCL 71 71 78 21
NAPROXEN 70 55 79 88
NISOLDIPINE 68 68 80 518
NIFEDIPINE ER 67 67 81 82
BUSPIRONE HCL 66 66 82 207
BENICAR HCT 63 63 83 158
AZITHROMYCIN 61 60 84 44
VERAPAMIL ER 61 52 84 154
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 61 61 84 109
SPIRONOLACTONE 60 60 87 85
COMBIVENT 59 59 88 174
TRICOR 57 57 89 138
CITALOPRAM HBR 56 49 90 35
PRIMIDONE 53 53 91 372
PAROXETINE HCL 53 53 91 72
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 53 53 91 177
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 50 94 9
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. 7, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.