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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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30,896Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 41 out of 6645

$1.41M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 151 out of 6645

703 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%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

46% of this provider’s 703 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 25,930 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

44 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 1,837 1,559 1 1
CILOSTAZOL 1,219 1,005 10 2 202
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 1,120 966 S3 10 3 80
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 1,028 870 4 12
CLOPIDOGREL 959 806 5 36
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 905 784 6 2
METFORMIN HCL 863 724 7 7
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 653 573 8 55
PROAIR HFA 597 517 9 32
IBUPROFEN 586 447 10 42
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 499 464 11 109
TRAMADOL HCL 476 400 12 30
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 468 440 13 14
OMEPRAZOLE 444 380 14 6
PROPRANOLOL HCL 436 390 10 15 151
MELOXICAM 406 349 16 46
GEMFIBROZIL 399 307 17 96
PATANOL 361 326 18 131
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 356 298 19 29
GABAPENTIN 353 241 20 18
GLIMEPIRIDE 351 266 21 47
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 339 208 S3 22 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 331 315 23 13
ATENOLOL 318 292 24 8
LANSOPRAZOLE 317 280 25 163
AZELASTINE HCL 316 272 26 341
SINGULAIR 311 281 27 76
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 298 213 28 17
FAMOTIDINE 295 253 29 33
FUROSEMIDE 294 262 30 11
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 281 199 R 31 95
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 280 218 32 4
DIOVAN 269 249 33 19
DIOVAN HCT 259 245 34 64
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 248 197 35 26
PLAVIX 241 208 36 49
NEXIUM 234 198 37 40
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 232 216 38 62
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 232 192 38 97
BENAZEPRIL HCL 228 179 40 21
BACLOFEN 224 168 41 100
CARISOPRODOL 222 135 R 42 94
CELEBREX 218 190 43 54
SERTRALINE HCL 211 149 44 43
LISINOPRIL 203 158 45 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 200 180 46 9
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 198 168 47 215
RANITIDINE HCL 198 186 47 51
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 195 170 10 49 214
TAMSULOSIN HCL 180 169 50 22
CRESTOR 178 172 51 34
HYDROXYZINE HCL 176 161 R 52 161
PATADAY 149 135 53 183
CIMETIDINE 145 126 10 54 411
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 145 127 54 128
FLUOCINONIDE 143 136 56 130
CARVEDILOL 134 110 57 25
MEGESTROL ACETATE 134 119 R 57 104
LANTUS 132 122 59 50
DIGOXIN 131 124 60 59
INDOMETHACIN 129 126 R 61 393
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 127 98 R 62 117
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 121 96 63 66
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 117 99 64 10
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 116 107 65 121
GLYBURIDE 110 84 R 66 58
GLIPIZIDE 108 69 67 23
LORATADINE 106 88 68 250
XOPENEX HFA 106 102 68 345
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 101 75 70 52
ALLOPURINOL 100 97 71 31
LOPERAMIDE 100 93 71 281
TRAZODONE HCL 99 47 73 60
MECLIZINE HCL 98 84 74 122
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 97 89 75 20
CYPROHEPTADINE HCL 97 89 R 75 472
LOVASTATIN 96 85 77 15
TERAZOSIN HCL 93 70 78 48
DEXILANT 93 78 78 102
PAROXETINE HCL 91 66 80 72
BENICAR 89 89 81 84
ACTOS 86 72 82 71
JANUVIA 84 77 83 38
CLONIDINE HCL 84 64 83 56
NAPROXEN 80 63 85 88
AMIODARONE HCL 79 67 86 160
LIDODERM 79 71 86 53
NITROSTAT 76 75 88 193
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 75 75 89 81
METHIMAZOLE 75 65 89 362
DONEPEZIL HCL 73 72 91 27
NAMENDA 70 63 92 41
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 70 47 92 129
WARFARIN SODIUM 70 60 92 16
CROMOLYN SODIUM 69 56 95 331
DICYCLOMINE HCL 68 61 96 278
BENICAR HCT 62 59 97 158
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 61 47 98 101
PIROXICAM 60 60 99 425
INSULIN SYRINGE 60 46 99 61
AMOXICILLIN 59 46 101 107
EXFORGE 59 58 101 155
ONGLYZA 58 54 103 168
PROCTOZONE-HC 56 42 104 243
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 55 31 105 172
AMANTADINE 53 45 106 391
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 51 32 107 113
SUCRALFATE 51 45 107 256
RISPERIDONE 51 29 107 93
TRILIPIX 50 48 110 178
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.