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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,057Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 115 out of 6645

$1.94M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 88 out of 6645

1,419 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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

1% of this provider’s 1,419 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 1,419 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 17,153 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

$88 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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
OMEPRAZOLE 849 663 1 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 678 428 S3 2 5
TRAMADOL HCL 601 452 3 30
METFORMIN HCL 572 438 4 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 563 468 5 2
LISINOPRIL 539 403 6 3
IBUPROFEN 484 340 7 42
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 476 401 8 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 460 409 9 97
BENAZEPRIL HCL 460 350 9 21
FUROSEMIDE 456 375 11 11
JANUVIA 417 326 12 38
SIMVASTATIN 356 270 13 1
LOVASTATIN 323 241 14 15
PROAIR HFA 313 243 15 32
DIOVAN HCT 311 282 16 64
KLOR-CON 8 296 254 17 123
MELOXICAM 291 259 18 46
FENOFIBRATE 275 214 19 74
DIOVAN 275 252 19 19
ACTOS 273 221 21 71
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 272 199 R 22 95
TAMSULOSIN HCL 253 237 23 22
CRESTOR 248 195 24 34
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 248 175 24 13
ADVAIR DISKUS 236 197 26 45
GABAPENTIN 229 145 27 18
INSULIN SYRINGE 225 137 28 61
GLIMEPIRIDE 219 175 29 47
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 216 182 30 67
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 214 190 31 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 210 181 32 9
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 200 192 33 14
CELEBREX 198 183 34 54
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 187 151 35 55
LANTUS 157 116 36 50
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 155 119 37 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 154 127 38 24
CEPHALEXIN 151 117 39 111
ATENOLOL 147 131 40 8
CARVEDILOL 145 100 41 25
NABUMETONE 142 95 42 190
KETOCONAZOLE 138 109 43 196
NEXIUM 132 107 44 40
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 131 128 45 12
CLOPIDOGREL 130 96 46 36
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 128 122 47 28
ROPINIROLE HCL 124 101 48 166
AZITHROMYCIN 123 89 49 44
VENTOLIN HFA 118 83 50 146
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 114 111 51 29
PLAVIX 113 82 52 49
LOVAZA 108 62 53 68
JANUMET 104 88 54 132
SINGULAIR 101 57 55 76
PREMARIN 100 86 R 56 169
LIPITOR 97 79 57 69
AVODART 96 84 58 99
CEFUROXIME 91 63 59 317
WARFARIN SODIUM 91 64 59 16
GENERLAC 91 77 59 310
LACTULOSE 90 76 62 125
PREDNISONE 89 71 63 57
ALLOPURINOL 87 70 64 31
PATANOL 86 60 65 131
SYMBICORT 85 68 66 153
ONGLYZA 85 68 66 168
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 84 58 68 66
DEXILANT 83 61 69 102
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 82 50 70 172
MEGESTROL ACETATE 78 76 R 71 104
COLCRYS 77 66 72 192
METRONIDAZOLE 76 64 73 329
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 76 49 73 20
AMOXICILLIN 75 38 75 107
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 75 45 75 139
RANITIDINE HCL 75 34 75 51
PEN NEEDLE 74 34 78 159
MECLIZINE HCL 73 61 79 122
RAMIPRIL 72 49 80 118
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 72 52 80 134
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 68 57 82 26
HUMALOG 67 50 83 137
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 65 84 62
TRICOR 66 56 84 138
NITROSTAT 65 41 86 193
NAPROXEN 65 48 86 88
DONEPEZIL HCL 63 55 88 27
ULORIC 62 49 89 227
NOVOLIN 70-30 62 45 89 309
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 60 45 91 86
GLIPIZIDE 57 43 92 23
GLYBURIDE 57 53 R 92 58
DOXEPIN HCL 57 54 92 441
SERTRALINE HCL 57 31 92 43
VESICARE 56 40 96 148
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 56 37 96 128
GEMFIBROZIL 56 30 96 96
HYDROXYZINE HCL 54 35 R 99 161
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 54 50 99 75
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 54 50 99 370
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 52 21 102 237
PAROXETINE HCL 52 38 102 72
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 52 50 102 179
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 50 29 R 105 184
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 March 6, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.