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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,970Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 1571

$1.08M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 49 out of 1571

619 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
56%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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 619 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 619 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 11,509 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $99 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 698 420 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 563 390 2 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 510 295 S3 3 3
RISPERIDONE 482 332 4 89
OMEPRAZOLE 478 271 5 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 455 435 6 24
METFORMIN HCL 364 271 7 9
GABAPENTIN 331 219 8 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 323 212 9 13
LISINOPRIL 312 178 10 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 289 202 11 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 288 175 12 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 279 216 13 23
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 273 183 14 6
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 256 105 R 15 170
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 243 117 16 102
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 237 82 17 122
FUROSEMIDE 218 171 18 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 191 133 19 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 184 94 20 18
OLANZAPINE 183 45 21 173
NAMENDA 171 171 22 37
CARVEDILOL 168 118 23 10
BENAZEPRIL HCL 167 97 24 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 157 124 25 11
HUMULIN R 154 122 26 309
CLONIDINE HCL 146 84 27 45
LEVETIRACETAM 145 54 28 60
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 140 99 29 81
TRAZODONE HCL 131 61 30 74
FAMOTIDINE 130 84 31 54
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 128 102 32 27
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 127 47 33 194
TRAMADOL HCL 126 77 34 31
MIRTAZAPINE 126 94 34 96
CITALOPRAM HBR 121 82 36 66
CLOPIDOGREL 119 87 37 21
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 118 95 38 51
DIGOXIN 117 115 39 35
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 105 65 40 8
NOVOLIN R 104 66 41 256
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 102 67 42 55
DETROL LA 102 62 42 246
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 100 90 44 166
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 98 70 45 48
ATENOLOL 95 57 46 15
VALPROIC ACID 95 79 46 441
ADVAIR DISKUS 94 83 48 43
SEROQUEL 94 49 48 270
IBUPROFEN 94 34 48 44
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 88 55 S2 51 169
SERTRALINE HCL 87 47 52 52
HALOPERIDOL 87 33 52 362
DIOVAN 87 57 52 19
LANTUS 87 63 52 65
MEGESTROL ACETATE 84 64 R 56 145
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 83 76 57 163
FLUOXETINE HCL 82 37 58 112
ACTOS 82 59 58 92
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 81 63 S3 60 105
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 80 11 61 184
HEPARIN SODIUM 77 62 62 447
CYMBALTA 75 26 63 68
ABILIFY 74 45 64 161
NEXIUM 74 57 64 39
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 69 29 R 66 195
PAROXETINE HCL 68 34 67 100
RENVELA 66 15 68 57
HYDRALAZINE HCL 65 43 69 82
LEVEMIR 65 41 69 338
NAPROXEN 65 47 69 98
JANUVIA 64 62 72 50
LACTULOSE 62 44 73 196
PROAIR HFA 60 46 74 63
GLIPIZIDE 59 52 75 53
GEMFIBROZIL 58 23 76 142
CEPHALEXIN 57 41 77 126
PLAVIX 57 46 77 28
SENSIPAR 57 17 77 87
BUPROPION HCL SR 57 22 77 247
GLYBURIDE 56 26 R 81 99
OXCARBAZEPINE 56 0 81 298
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 56 56 81 22
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 54 54 84 26
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 53 26 85 116
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 53 37 85 111
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 53 37 85 104
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 53 35 85 235
AMIODARONE HCL 53 33 85 76
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 52 25 90 86
LEVOFLOXACIN 51 39 91 79
LAMOTRIGINE 51 35 91 118
NOVOLOG 51 11 91 226
PHENYTOIN 51 38 91 532
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 Sept. 21, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.