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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,302Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 900 out of 6969

$687K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 303 out of 6969

290 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
35% 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

7% of this provider’s 290 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 290 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 6,720 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$94 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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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 677 619 1 5
ALLOPURINOL 284 264 2 35
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 205 191 3 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 190 160 S3 4 3
METFORMIN HCL 173 147 5 7
CARVEDILOL 164 152 6 25
SIMVASTATIN 144 132 7 1
TORSEMIDE 143 129 8 369
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 135 125 9 11
LEVOFLOXACIN 133 124 10 109
PREDNISONE 130 121 11 70
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 123 121 12 53
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 121 106 13 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 118 109 14 34
GLIMEPIRIDE 117 91 15 44
LEVOXYL 115 113 16 122
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 114 111 17 31
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 108 108 18 296
FORTEO 108 106 18 289
OMEPRAZOLE 106 96 20 6
HYDRALAZINE HCL 100 96 21 106
SPIRONOLACTONE 97 88 22 102
CRESTOR 88 88 23 39
WARFARIN SODIUM 83 74 24 20
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 77 77 25 255
TAMSULOSIN HCL 74 74 26 23
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 71 62 27 64
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 69 63 28 14
EVISTA 68 68 29 118
CEFUROXIME 67 61 30 343
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 61 60 31 30
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 33 32 258
PEN NEEDLE 50 50 33 196
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.