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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,841Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 124 out of 6645

$1.43M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 148 out of 6645

796 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
99% 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

6% of this provider’s 796 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 18,187 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 915 837 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 913 782 2 1
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 890 857 3 14
OMEPRAZOLE 824 700 4 6
METFORMIN HCL 617 473 5 7
GABAPENTIN 593 474 6 18
TRAMADOL HCL 592 508 7 30
BENAZEPRIL HCL 481 410 8 21
FENOFIBRATE 449 370 9 74
GLIMEPIRIDE 439 313 10 47
FUROSEMIDE 386 325 11 11
KETOROLAC TROMETHAMINE 375 333 R 12 379
ACTOS 349 308 13 71
NAPROXEN 343 257 14 88
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 331 281 15 55
DIOVAN 319 317 16 19
PROAIR HFA 311 247 17 32
JANUVIA 293 221 18 38
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 246 198 19 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 244 200 20 9
TRAZODONE HCL 240 196 21 60
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 236 199 22 26
ADVAIR DISKUS 231 189 23 45
LISINOPRIL 231 191 23 3
TAMSULOSIN HCL 220 197 25 22
IBUPROFEN 218 161 26 42
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 197 170 R 27 184
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 189 169 28 10
GLIPIZIDE 189 164 28 23
DIOVAN HCT 183 177 30 64
ADACEL 181 151 31 212
ZOSTAVAX 174 150 32 115
ZETIA 171 144 33 87
FLUOXETINE HCL 166 139 34 63
DONEPEZIL HCL 166 159 34 27
ACTOPLUS MET 157 118 36 275
FLUOCINONIDE 154 138 37 130
ATELVIA 152 152 38 91
MELOXICAM 150 143 39 46
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 148 116 40 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 147 131 41 12
MEGESTROL ACETATE 140 139 R 42 104
PRANDIN 139 100 43 240
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 138 117 44 4
MECLIZINE HCL 131 117 45 122
LYRICA 125 89 46 127
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 125 114 46 24
CELEBREX 120 111 48 54
NITROSTAT 118 100 49 193
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 116 58 S3 50 5
CRESTOR 113 89 51 34
LOVASTATIN 112 100 52 15
LANTUS 112 65 52 50
BACLOFEN 108 86 54 100
CYMBALTA 104 70 55 78
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 101 83 56 29
RANITIDINE HCL 101 85 56 51
VENTOLIN HFA 100 94 58 146
AZITHROMYCIN 99 78 59 44
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 99 80 59 17
LIDODERM 97 82 61 53
AVODART 97 79 61 99
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 93 93 63 97
SINGULAIR 92 89 64 76
ALLOPURINOL 92 92 64 31
CLONIDINE HCL 91 84 66 56
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 89 74 67 179
LOVAZA 88 61 68 68
CARVEDILOL 88 88 68 25
ATENOLOL 85 72 70 8
EVISTA 84 83 71 90
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 83 71 72 28
CLOPIDOGREL 83 72 72 36
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 83 66 72 214
HYDROXYZINE HCL 82 79 R 75 161
PIOGLITAZONE-METFORMIN 82 69 R 10 75 467
NIASPAN 82 53 75 164
NEXIUM 79 66 78 40
SPIRIVA 79 56 78 65
ACTONEL 74 69 80 92
XOPENEX HFA 73 69 81 345
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 71 64 82 120
KLOR-CON 8 67 42 83 123
TRICOR 66 46 84 138
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 65 34 85 66
TRILIPIX 63 58 86 178
PATANOL 61 54 87 131
TERAZOSIN HCL 60 39 88 48
AMOXICILLIN 58 48 89 107
ACIPHEX 58 58 89 167
SEROQUEL XR 56 23 91 343
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 56 51 91 128
ONGLYZA 55 51 93 168
INSULIN SYRINGE 55 31 93 61
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 54 33 95 109
WELCHOL 53 45 96 199
PLAVIX 50 43 97 49
BENICAR 50 43 97 84
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 Feb. 9, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.