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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,124Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 88 out of 6645

$1.15M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 238 out of 6645

956 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%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

3% of this provider’s 956 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 956 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 17,801 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
OMEPRAZOLE 1,014 710 1 6
SIMVASTATIN 887 693 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 811 687 3 2
GABAPENTIN 759 502 4 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 739 632 5 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 703 363 S3 6 5
BENAZEPRIL HCL 586 451 7 21
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 491 310 R 8 95
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 482 406 9 12
ATENOLOL 474 376 10 8
METFORMIN HCL 466 328 11 7
FUROSEMIDE 442 375 12 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 380 244 13 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 372 259 14 9
DIOVAN 362 294 15 19
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 358 294 16 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 331 250 17 20
ACTOS 323 235 18 71
IBUPROFEN 322 188 19 42
CLOPIDOGREL 319 240 20 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 313 271 21 10
JANUVIA 303 186 22 38
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 287 221 23 28
LISINOPRIL 259 174 24 3
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 258 197 S3 25 80
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 244 180 26 120
TRAMADOL HCL 242 162 27 30
GLIMEPIRIDE 236 186 28 47
AZITHROMYCIN 233 157 29 44
TAMSULOSIN HCL 226 200 30 22
FINASTERIDE 215 208 31 73
CRESTOR 208 83 32 34
CARVEDILOL 207 188 33 25
DONEPEZIL HCL 204 204 34 27
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 203 143 35 55
PLAVIX 193 156 36 49
LOVASTATIN 191 167 37 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 191 150 37 29
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 189 156 39 13
DEXILANT 182 116 40 102
SERTRALINE HCL 170 93 41 43
NAMENDA 165 165 42 41
GLIPIZIDE 152 83 43 23
LACTULOSE 140 121 44 125
LANTUS 139 102 45 50
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 137 100 R 46 184
SINGULAIR 132 98 47 76
METFORMIN HCL ER 131 91 48 89
LEVOFLOXACIN 128 92 49 83
MIRTAZAPINE 127 110 50 70
ALLOPURINOL 120 96 51 31
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 114 65 R 52 117
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 112 99 53 24
KLOR-CON 8 112 84 53 123
FLUOXETINE HCL 111 59 55 63
MEGESTROL ACETATE 110 95 R 56 104
PREDNISONE 106 53 57 57
INSULIN SYRINGE 102 66 58 61
RISPERIDONE 94 85 59 93
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 94 65 59 67
WARFARIN SODIUM 93 65 61 16
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 89 73 62 128
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 49 62 62
LYRICA 87 45 64 127
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 83 79 65 116
NAPROXEN 81 53 66 88
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 79 63 67 222
FAMOTIDINE 78 75 68 33
PAROXETINE HCL 78 47 68 72
HYDROXYZINE HCL 77 54 R 70 161
PROAIR HFA 76 32 71 32
GEMFIBROZIL 76 65 71 96
BENICAR 76 60 71 84
DILTIAZEM ER 74 65 74 182
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 72 52 75 241
DIGOXIN 71 71 76 59
SPIRONOLACTONE 71 67 76 85
NEXIUM 71 50 76 40
HYDRALAZINE HCL 69 61 79 77
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 69 34 79 109
GLYBURIDE 67 46 R 81 58
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 67 53 81 75
VERAPAMIL ER 66 48 83 154
QUINAPRIL HCL 66 36 83 270
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 65 44 85 86
MELOXICAM 63 41 86 46
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 62 50 87 129
RANITIDINE HCL 61 53 88 51
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 61 42 88 134
LIPITOR 58 49 90 69
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 57 46 91 112
ACIPHEX 57 42 91 167
COMBIVENT 56 47 93 174
KETOCONAZOLE 56 23 93 196
CLONIDINE HCL 54 32 95 56
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 54 30 95 26
QVAR 53 40 97 103
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 53 46 97 81
RAMIPRIL 53 43 97 118
AVODART 52 52 100 99
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 52 12 100 172
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 51 21 102 306
DICYCLOMINE HCL 51 27 102 278
BUPROPION XL 51 36 102 225
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 50 33 105 214
METHOCARBAMOL 50 21 R 105 268
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.