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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,636Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 869 out of 6645

$665K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 715 out of 6645

394 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%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

11% of this provider’s 394 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 9,163 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 453 431 1 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 381 381 2 27
NAMENDA 312 312 3 41
SIMVASTATIN 300 286 4 1
OMEPRAZOLE 275 268 5 6
FAMOTIDINE 233 229 6 33
MEGESTROL ACETATE 218 206 R 7 104
DIOVAN 197 189 8 19
MELOXICAM 164 164 9 46
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 153 132 10 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 149 147 11 12
FUROSEMIDE 146 144 12 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 145 144 13 22
GABAPENTIN 137 133 14 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 136 133 15 16
ATENOLOL 134 134 16 8
METFORMIN HCL 127 126 17 7
HUMULIN R 126 124 18 209
CLOPIDOGREL 122 122 19 36
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 118 117 20 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 111 104 S3 21 5
LISINOPRIL 108 90 22 3
LANTUS 107 107 23 50
NOVOLIN R 99 97 24 142
CARVEDILOL 96 82 25 25
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 93 93 26 101
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 93 93 26 10
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 88 88 28 116
PLAVIX 88 88 28 49
ACTOS 83 83 30 71
CREON 83 83 30 114
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 82 76 32 17
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 79 79 33 66
SINGULAIR 78 78 34 76
LIDODERM 75 75 35 53
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 73 69 36 24
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 70 70 37 14
JANUVIA 69 69 38 38
CITALOPRAM HBR 68 64 39 35
EVISTA 66 66 40 90
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 65 41 R 41 95
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 63 42 9
CELEBREX 63 63 42 54
NOVOLOG 61 61 44 144
HUMALOG 60 50 45 137
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 60 60 45 179
LEVETIRACETAM 60 38 45 119
GLIMEPIRIDE 59 59 48 47
NEXIUM 58 58 49 40
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 52 52 50 28
SODIUM CHLORIDE 52 51 50 216
LEVOFLOXACIN 51 48 52 83
AMIODARONE HCL 50 50 53 160
DIGOXIN 50 50 53 59
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 Dec. 7, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.