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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,044Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 684 out of 6645

$970K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 345 out of 6645

387 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
82% 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

8% of this provider’s 387 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 387 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 9,216 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

39% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$88 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 341 290 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 335 301 2 1
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 288 238 3 17
METFORMIN HCL 288 244 3 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 286 180 S3 5 5
NEXIUM 267 213 6 40
OMEPRAZOLE 204 184 7 6
FUROSEMIDE 195 167 8 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 188 164 9 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 186 174 10 12
ATENOLOL 170 158 11 8
CELEBREX 153 140 12 54
TAMSULOSIN HCL 142 136 13 22
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 137 127 14 4
SINGULAIR 137 130 14 76
CYMBALTA 135 101 16 78
RANITIDINE HCL 124 87 17 51
DIOVAN 123 95 18 19
GABAPENTIN 118 108 19 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 117 108 20 24
SYNTHROID 117 112 20 79
MELOXICAM 116 107 22 46
CRESTOR 116 112 22 34
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 114 111 24 9
LEVOFLOXACIN 112 100 25 83
VOLTAREN 110 106 26 108
VESICARE 102 95 27 148
DONEPEZIL HCL 99 99 28 27
AZITHROMYCIN 99 80 28 44
LIDODERM 98 87 30 53
LIPITOR 93 67 31 69
JANUVIA 90 90 32 38
OXYCODONE HCL 86 83 S2 33 162
BENAZEPRIL HCL 86 74 33 21
LISINOPRIL 80 67 35 3
LOVAZA 78 75 36 68
ADVAIR DISKUS 77 65 37 45
LYRICA 74 50 38 127
CITALOPRAM HBR 73 64 39 35
SERTRALINE HCL 73 37 39 43
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 71 64 41 14
GLIMEPIRIDE 71 59 41 47
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 71 48 41 13
ACTONEL 69 69 44 92
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 68 57 45 55
WARFARIN SODIUM 68 64 45 16
EVISTA 67 67 47 90
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 64 57 48 20
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 63 60 49 128
CLOPIDOGREL 63 61 49 36
TRAMADOL HCL 60 40 51 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 59 54 52 29
MIRTAZAPINE 58 42 53 70
ZETIA 57 52 54 87
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 55 40 55 81
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 54 35 56 28
DIOVAN HCT 54 54 56 64
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 53 51 58 86
PLAVIX 52 49 59 49
PROPRANOLOL HCL 51 37 60 151
CARVEDILOL 51 27 60 25
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.