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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,127Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 253 out of 6645

$1.06M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 283 out of 6645

408 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
85% 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 408 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 408 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 14,804 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

42 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,140 1,033 1 16
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 715 648 2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 636 581 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 467 399 4 11
SIMVASTATIN 449 395 5 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 342 314 6 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 333 300 S3 7 5
OMEPRAZOLE 279 235 8 6
LISINOPRIL 276 256 9 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 248 208 10 12
LANTUS 246 179 11 50
FAMOTIDINE 213 194 12 33
GABAPENTIN 207 185 13 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 207 202 13 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 199 186 15 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 195 153 16 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 188 185 17 27
CARVEDILOL 186 156 18 25
NAMENDA 184 184 19 41
DIGOXIN 173 159 20 59
NOVOLOG 167 129 21 144
DIOVAN 167 140 21 19
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 164 146 23 20
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 158 157 24 86
METFORMIN HCL 148 126 25 7
ATENOLOL 141 125 26 8
BENAZEPRIL HCL 141 122 26 21
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 132 113 28 112
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 127 114 29 29
GLIMEPIRIDE 127 113 29 47
CLOPIDOGREL 123 123 31 36
MIRTAZAPINE 118 118 32 70
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 117 117 33 101
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 116 96 34 156
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 114 108 35 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 113 102 36 35
ALLOPURINOL 108 84 37 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 104 90 38 24
MEGESTROL ACETATE 100 99 R 39 104
PREDNISONE 99 80 40 57
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 99 99 40 116
CLONIDINE HCL 97 94 42 56
TRAMADOL HCL 97 77 42 30
NEXIUM 94 83 44 40
SERTRALINE HCL 94 94 44 43
CYMBALTA 89 85 46 78
ADVAIR DISKUS 82 70 47 45
AZITHROMYCIN 82 69 47 44
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 80 77 49 14
ZETIA 79 79 50 87
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 79 60 50 9
AMIODARONE HCL 78 53 52 160
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 77 44 53 113
LYRICA 77 75 53 127
KLOR-CON M10 75 63 55 276
GLIPIZIDE 74 60 56 23
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 74 74 56 121
RISPERIDONE 72 72 58 93
LEVETIRACETAM 70 51 59 119
TRAZODONE HCL 69 63 60 60
CRESTOR 69 63 60 34
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 68 57 62 120
PLAVIX 67 67 63 49
OLANZAPINE 66 53 64 140
AVODART 66 66 64 99
SODIUM CHLORIDE 65 57 66 216
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 65 51 66 129
GLYBURIDE 65 46 R 66 58
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 64 57 69 172
LEVOFLOXACIN 63 56 70 83
HUMALOG 63 61 70 137
CELEBREX 62 52 72 54
BACLOFEN 61 23 73 100
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 61 28 73 238
LOVASTATIN 61 48 73 15
LEXAPRO 60 58 76 218
JANUVIA 59 47 77 38
DETROL LA 59 47 77 260
TRICOR 58 53 79 138
GEMFIBROZIL 57 39 80 96
SYNTHROID 56 37 81 79
RIVASTIGMINE 55 55 82 363
BENICAR 54 54 83 84
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 54 43 83 55
SANTYL 53 43 85 302
LIPITOR 52 48 86 69
SEROQUEL 52 52 86 208
ACTOS 50 39 88 71
CARISOPRODOL 50 29 R 88 94
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.