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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Gastroenterology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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28,944Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 992

$5.17M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 992

970 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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

2% of this provider’s 970 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 28,665 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

68% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 33%.

Prescription Price

$179 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $139 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 4.


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
DEXILANT 2,074 2,042 10 1 5
CLOPIDOGREL 1,420 1,403 10 2 41
LIDODERM 1,213 1,207 3 39
PLAVIX 1,101 1,094 10 4 47
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 1,052 1,041 5 19
JANUMET 937 924 10 6 66
LOVAZA 924 904 7 53
PROLIA 766 760 10 8 85
CRESTOR 726 726 9 45
CELEBREX 600 600 10 36
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 527 518 11 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 515 497 12 2
FLECTOR 460 460 10 13 112
AZOR 454 449 10 14 92
CREON 447 447 15 16
VOLTAREN 442 434 16 86
RANITIDINE HCL 386 385 17 7
AVODART 379 379 18 89
NEXIUM 366 364 19 4
DIOVAN 332 319 20 35
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 322 310 21 54
MICARDIS HCT 311 311 10 22 130
MICARDIS 287 285 10 23 138
ATENOLOL 266 266 24 29
NASONEX 266 265 24 145
BENICAR 265 264 26 88
BONIVA 264 264 10 27 109
AZITHROMYCIN 263 259 28 65
ZENPEP 242 242 29 44
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 234 234 30 17
SINGULAIR 225 225 31 87
MELOXICAM 225 224 31 46
SIMVASTATIN 213 213 33 12
BENICAR HCT 211 211 34 113
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 210 210 35 96
PROCRIT 210 208 10 35 135
GLIMEPIRIDE 204 204 37 118
SYMBICORT 202 200 38 124
SPIRIVA 196 196 39 123
FLUOCINONIDE 195 195 40 161
NATEGLINIDE 195 195 40 161
ADVAIR DISKUS 186 186 42 102
PRANDIN 178 178 43 167
TAMSULOSIN HCL 169 169 44 42
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 168 168 45 97
PEN NEEDLE 167 167 46 173
ACIPHEX 165 165 47 40
TRIBENZOR 151 143 48 182
LIPITOR 151 147 48 95
JANUVIA 151 151 48 73
DIOVAN HCT 149 147 51 49
FORTEO 139 139 52 188
GLYSET 138 138 10 53 189
PAROXETINE HCL 133 133 54 129
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 126 125 55 132
KOMBIGLYZE XR 125 120 56 198
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 124 124 57 200
ZETIA 120 120 58 149
ACTOS 115 102 59 101
TEKTURNA 111 111 60 206
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 110 108 61 76
EXELON 109 109 62 160
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 106 106 63 32
LEVOFLOXACIN 102 101 64 94
AMOXICILLIN 102 98 64 58
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 101 99 66 63
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 100 97 67 212
LANSOPRAZOLE 100 99 67 28
OMEPRAZOLE 98 93 69 1
METFORMIN HCL 91 90 70 20
ACTONEL 90 90 71 75
ONGLYZA 89 89 72 140
TEKTURNA HCT 86 86 10 73 219
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 86 86 73 147
BENAZEPRIL HCL 80 80 75 67
ALCOHOL SWABS 80 80 75 224
NAMENDA 79 79 77 99
LOVASTATIN 77 77 78 59
TRILIPIX 72 72 79 185
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 72 72 79 68
SERTRALINE HCL 72 72 79 155
CARVEDILOL 71 71 82 74
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 71 71 82 114
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 70 70 84 194
DONEPEZIL HCL 70 70 84 57
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 67 67 86 31
LISINOPRIL 67 65 86 25
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 66 65 88 133
WELCHOL 65 65 89 84
CARAFATE 64 63 90 69
SUCRALFATE 64 64 90 15
LYRICA 64 64 90 157
LUNESTA 60 60 93 248
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 55 54 94 257
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 55 94 51
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 52 96 61
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 51 50 97 33
FLOVENT DISKUS 50 50 98 277
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.