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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,894Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 92 out of 6645

$1.3M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 189 out of 6645

478 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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 478 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 478 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 22,820 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

35% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

50 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,236 1,204 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 647 625 2 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 632 603 3 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 602 602 4 27
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 535 510 5 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 528 519 6 22
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 494 469 7 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 491 458 8 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 411 404 9 24
METFORMIN HCL 386 380 10 7
ATENOLOL 373 355 11 8
DIOVAN HCT 360 348 12 64
CARVEDILOL 347 337 13 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 335 326 14 10
GABAPENTIN 328 319 15 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 320 318 16 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 317 310 17 9
NEXIUM 301 291 18 40
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 292 267 19 13
SERTRALINE HCL 282 262 20 43
DIOVAN 278 266 21 19
FUROSEMIDE 262 256 22 11
CLOPIDOGREL 243 226 23 36
PLAVIX 241 237 24 49
NAMENDA 234 234 25 41
IBUPROFEN 231 207 26 42
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 220 194 S3 27 5
CRESTOR 214 187 28 34
FAMOTIDINE 211 200 29 33
GLYBURIDE 198 192 R 30 58
TRAMADOL HCL 197 175 31 30
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 196 192 32 121
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 195 189 33 12
CLONIDINE HCL 184 183 34 56
LISINOPRIL 178 145 35 3
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 176 176 36 75
JANUVIA 169 169 37 38
BENAZEPRIL HCL 168 165 38 21
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 163 158 39 62
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 163 151 39 86
MIRTAZAPINE 162 152 41 70
PROAIR HFA 157 146 42 32
FENOFIBRATE 153 149 43 74
ADVAIR DISKUS 151 147 44 45
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 151 147 44 29
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 145 145 46 113
VOLTAREN 144 143 47 108
CYMBALTA 143 132 48 78
MELOXICAM 142 130 49 46
LYRICA 131 130 50 127
ACTOS 130 117 51 71
PAROXETINE HCL 128 116 52 72
LEXAPRO 125 116 53 218
DIGOXIN 123 123 54 59
SINGLE USE SWAB 123 123 54 350
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 120 120 56 20
MECLIZINE HCL 117 106 57 122
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 117 110 R 57 95
AVODART 107 107 59 99
LANTUS 106 97 60 50
ZETIA 105 105 61 87
RAMIPRIL 102 95 62 118
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 97 78 R 63 117
NIASPAN 95 92 64 164
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 95 92 S3 64 80
JANUMET 94 92 66 132
MEGESTROL ACETATE 90 83 R 67 104
LANSOPRAZOLE 89 84 68 163
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 89 87 68 109
TRICOR 89 89 68 138
DEXILANT 88 78 71 102
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 86 86 72 26
LIPITOR 85 85 73 69
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 83 74 74 97
SINGULAIR 83 82 74 76
GLIMEPIRIDE 81 81 76 47
SPIRIVA 79 79 77 65
LOVAZA 78 78 78 68
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 78 76 78 171
OLANZAPINE 77 75 80 140
VENTOLIN HFA 77 66 80 146
INSULIN SYRINGE 76 67 82 61
EVISTA 74 74 83 90
ACTONEL 73 73 84 92
SPIRONOLACTONE 72 72 85 85
CELEBREX 71 59 86 54
KETOCONAZOLE 71 64 86 196
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 69 69 88 55
AZITHROMYCIN 68 64 89 44
RISPERIDONE 67 67 90 93
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 66 63 91 101
ALLOPURINOL 66 66 91 31
HYDRALAZINE HCL 65 65 93 77
BENICAR 65 64 93 84
SYMBICORT 64 64 95 153
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 64 59 95 28
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 63 61 97 228
HYDROCORTISONE 61 61 98 229
COLCRYS 61 61 98 192
GLIPIZIDE 60 54 100 23
NASONEX 59 59 101 126
FINASTERIDE 57 57 102 73
PROPRANOLOL HCL 56 42 103 151
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 55 51 R 104 184
DETROL LA 55 55 104 260
LEVETIRACETAM 53 41 106 119
NOVOLOG 52 45 107 144
SODIUM CHLORIDE 52 48 107 216
BONIVA 52 42 107 191
BYSTOLIC 52 52 107 110
ATELVIA 51 51 111 91
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 51 51 111 176
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 51 50 111 116
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.