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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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43,473Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 6645

$2.8M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 43 out of 6645

843 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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

6% of this provider’s 843 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 843 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 30,352 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

52 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,411 1,070 1 4
OMEPRAZOLE 1,129 777 2 6
SIMVASTATIN 1,111 827 3 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,106 888 4 2
NAMENDA 1,022 893 5 41
FUROSEMIDE 934 706 6 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 932 569 S3 7 5
FAMOTIDINE 869 573 8 33
METFORMIN HCL 868 585 9 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 855 751 10 16
LISINOPRIL 826 582 11 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 785 515 12 13
GABAPENTIN 676 405 13 18
MIRTAZAPINE 668 571 14 70
DONEPEZIL HCL 640 539 15 27
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 511 395 16 112
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 509 345 17 17
LANTUS 498 279 18 50
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 470 385 19 14
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 469 366 10 20 156
RISPERIDONE 432 311 21 93
BENAZEPRIL HCL 426 231 22 21
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 418 259 23 101
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 417 292 24 113
BUSPIRONE HCL 400 331 25 207
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 398 260 R 26 188
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 368 262 27 12
NOVOLIN R 355 242 28 142
GLIMEPIRIDE 355 228 28 47
DIOVAN 349 291 30 19
CYMBALTA 348 242 31 78
EXELON 348 318 31 149
ATENOLOL 331 239 33 8
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 315 285 34 116
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 309 210 35 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 308 239 36 22
HUMULIN R 294 196 10 37 209
CARVEDILOL 280 249 38 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 276 202 39 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 274 227 40 10
LEVETIRACETAM 268 141 41 119
IBUPROFEN 267 147 42 42
GEMFIBROZIL 267 121 42 96
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 267 116 42 273
TRAMADOL HCL 266 182 45 30
OLANZAPINE 252 179 46 140
SODIUM CHLORIDE 244 194 47 216
PERMETHRIN 242 168 10 48 384
DIGOXIN 233 209 49 59
MEGESTROL ACETATE 220 183 R 50 104
JANUVIA 215 151 51 38
SPIRIVA 211 148 52 65
VALPROIC ACID 208 126 53 285
SEROQUEL 204 116 54 208
LACTULOSE 198 77 55 125
RAMIPRIL 195 164 56 118
FENOFIBRATE 193 85 57 74
ADVAIR DISKUS 184 134 58 45
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 184 110 58 9
LEVOFLOXACIN 181 142 60 83
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 178 107 61 198
CARBAMAZEPINE 177 37 62 224
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 177 145 62 24
GENERLAC 176 102 64 310
CLOPIDOGREL 173 148 65 36
SERTRALINE HCL 172 130 66 43
CITALOPRAM HBR 168 102 67 35
ACTOS 166 111 68 71
BACLOFEN 165 61 69 100
GLIPIZIDE 162 116 70 23
HYDROXYZINE HCL 162 92 R 70 161
LOVASTATIN 158 88 72 15
PHENYTOIN 158 105 72 355
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 154 75 74 129
CLOZAPINE 154 0 74 375
CELEBREX 153 138 76 54
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 153 125 76 86
SEROQUEL XR 148 72 78 343
ABILIFY 145 46 79 204
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 142 86 80 172
INSULIN SYRINGE 142 52 80 61
PROAIR HFA 141 91 82 32
TOPIRAMATE 141 21 82 255
PREDNISONE 137 91 84 57
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 137 123 84 20
PLAVIX 137 119 84 49
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 137 64 84 121
NEXIUM 137 70 84 40
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 134 108 89 134
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 132 106 90 66
PAROXETINE HCL 130 97 91 72
FINASTERIDE 130 94 91 73
KLOR-CON M10 128 114 93 276
CLONIDINE HCL 127 97 94 56
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 126 96 95 201
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 126 88 95 55
TRAZODONE HCL 126 72 95 60
TRICOR 124 83 98 138
AMMONIUM LACTATE 124 87 98 266
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 123 36 100 120
FLUOXETINE HCL 118 87 101 63
SANTYL 117 94 102 302
AZITHROMYCIN 112 74 103 44
PROCRIT 108 98 104 352
HALOPERIDOL 106 24 105 303
CEFTRIAXONE 102 80 106 409
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 98 85 107 179
LYRICA 97 53 108 127
GLYBURIDE 97 72 R 108 58
ROPINIROLE HCL 97 76 108 166
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 95 63 R 111 184
SPIRONOLACTONE 92 74 112 85
SOTALOL 92 88 112 332
ZETIA 92 67 112 87
NOVOLOG 92 32 112 144
AMIODARONE HCL 92 91 112 160
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 91 56 117 347
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 89 64 118 175
BUPROPION HCL SR 89 37 118 296
RANITIDINE HCL 87 45 120 51
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 86 80 121 81
FENTANYL 83 46 S2 122 141
ALLOPURINOL 80 78 123 31
LATANOPROST 79 47 124 320
TIMOLOL MALEATE 78 63 125 373
AMOXICILLIN 76 51 126 107
LITHIUM CARBONATE 76 33 126 422
PREMARIN 75 50 R 128 169
FLUOCINONIDE 74 55 129 130
PRIMIDONE 73 73 130 372
HUMULIN N 69 33 131 381
SINGULAIR 68 52 132 76
LIPITOR 67 46 133 69
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 67 54 133 26
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 67 54 133 67
PROPRANOLOL HCL 66 58 136 151
LIDODERM 62 53 137 53
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 61 47 138 177
NOVOLIN N 61 28 138 106
MUPIROCIN 59 37 140 294
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 58 58 141 304
AMITIZA 58 46 141 245
ENULOSE 58 28 141 624
KLOR-CON M20 58 55 141 203
LEVEMIR 58 34 141 272
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 57 40 R 146 157
TRAVATAN Z 55 42 147 342
IMIPRAMINE HCL 55 43 R 147 446
LOPERAMIDE 55 13 147 281
NUEDEXTA 55 42 147 618
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 54 40 151 52
VANCOMYCIN HCL 53 41 152 374
CHLORPROMAZINE HCL 53 22 152 731
COMTAN 53 47 152 629
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 52 31 155 128
AMANTADINE 52 23 155 391
INVEGA 52 30 155 738
RESTASIS 51 31 158 311
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 51 35 158 238
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 50 42 160 233
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 50 32 160 407
VENLAFAXINE HCL 50 45 160 388
HYDROCORTISONE 50 33 160 229
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 2, 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.