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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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33,970Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 27 out of 6645

$2.28M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 64 out of 6645

1,247 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
80% 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

2% of this provider’s 1,247 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 1,247 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 31,023 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
METFORMIN HCL 1,448 1,284 1 7
ATELVIA 1,442 1,393 10 2 91
OMEPRAZOLE 1,175 1,095 3 6
TRAMADOL HCL 843 750 4 30
LOVASTATIN 800 741 5 15
SIMVASTATIN 751 689 6 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 751 703 6 4
DIOVAN HCT 626 577 8 64
DONEPEZIL HCL 601 589 9 27
LISINOPRIL 561 535 10 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 523 483 11 12
NAMENDA 495 490 12 41
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 493 469 13 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 476 403 14 13
FUROSEMIDE 425 388 15 11
PROMETHAZINE HCL 411 372 R 16 219
FENOFIBRATE 405 327 17 74
TAMSULOSIN HCL 372 337 18 22
MEGESTROL ACETATE 346 333 R 19 104
DIOVAN 345 314 20 19
GLIPIZIDE 344 301 21 23
GABAPENTIN 337 280 22 18
CLOPIDOGREL 337 325 22 36
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 325 294 24 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 320 280 S3 25 5
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 320 314 25 14
IBUPROFEN 304 264 27 42
WARFARIN SODIUM 302 280 28 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 297 274 29 10
PLAVIX 294 286 30 49
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 293 264 31 177
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 291 260 32 62
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 290 263 33 109
KETOCONAZOLE 265 235 34 196
SERTRALINE HCL 260 244 35 43
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 254 223 36 29
HYDROXYZINE HCL 253 232 R 37 161
CELEBREX 247 231 38 54
BYSTOLIC 246 206 39 110
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 244 206 40 237
CARVEDILOL 240 212 41 25
AZITHROMYCIN 238 205 42 44
LANTUS 235 200 43 50
ATENOLOL 230 195 44 8
BENICAR 224 221 45 84
MELOXICAM 217 210 46 46
CRESTOR 213 168 47 34
RANITIDINE HCL 213 196 47 51
ETODOLAC 213 195 47 283
TRICOR 208 136 50 138
BENAZEPRIL HCL 206 187 51 21
FAMOTIDINE 184 179 52 33
ALLOPURINOL 179 171 53 31
DIGOXIN 178 148 54 59
DEXILANT 173 158 55 102
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 165 153 R 56 95
CLONIDINE HCL 162 124 57 56
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 160 149 58 67
LACTULOSE 159 158 59 125
ACTOS 157 146 60 71
ONGLYZA 153 129 61 168
UNIFINE PENTIPS 152 134 62 467
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 138 121 63 28
VOLTAREN 137 132 64 108
FINASTERIDE 128 120 65 73
LIPITOR 128 126 65 69
JANUVIA 127 109 67 38
INSULIN SYRINGE 122 101 68 61
LYRICA 118 111 69 127
MECLIZINE HCL 115 111 70 122
CEPHALEXIN 115 101 70 111
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 113 97 72 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 107 72 9
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 112 112 74 112
EXFORGE 110 93 75 155
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 106 103 76 233
NOVOLIN R 103 97 77 142
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 99 89 78 314
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 98 98 79 156
NAPROXEN 98 97 79 88
NIFEDIPINE ER 97 80 81 82
CYMBALTA 97 85 81 78
PROAIR HFA 97 91 81 32
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 93 93 84 129
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 90 83 85 55
PAROXETINE HCL 88 74 86 72
KETOROLAC TROMETHAMINE 83 80 R 87 379
SINGULAIR 81 81 88 76
AVODART 81 81 88 99
BENICAR HCT 80 77 90 158
RISPERIDONE 80 72 90 93
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 79 75 92 134
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 79 79 92 24
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 79 58 92 228
LORATADINE 78 74 95 250
TIMOLOL MALEATE 77 76 96 373
ADVAIR DISKUS 75 75 97 45
NEXIUM 74 66 98 40
VYTORIN 74 70 98 170
SPIRIVA 73 66 100 65
DETROL LA 73 73 100 260
TERAZOSIN HCL 72 65 102 48
PRADAXA 68 56 103 247
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 68 62 103 214
FENTANYL 67 61 S2 105 141
PROLIA 66 65 106 359
ACIPHEX 66 53 106 167
NOVOLOG 63 56 108 144
BACLOFEN 62 61 109 100
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 62 58 R 109 184
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 62 62 109 52
TRAZODONE HCL 61 44 112 60
AMIODARONE HCL 60 58 113 160
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 60 50 113 120
CILOSTAZOL 60 56 113 202
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 60 55 113 249
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 59 59 117 116
PROPRANOLOL HCL 58 54 118 151
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 43 119 37
ULORIC 57 42 119 227
PREDNISONE 57 49 119 57
GLYBURIDE 57 48 R 119 58
NASONEX 56 53 123 126
HUMALOG 55 50 124 137
LEVEMIR 55 46 124 272
MIRTAZAPINE 55 55 124 70
HYDROCORTISONE 54 49 127 229
NYSTATIN 54 54 127 234
AZOR 53 43 129 152
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 53 50 129 75
TOBRAMYCIN-DEXAMETHASONE 53 50 129 458
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-HYDROCORT 51 47 132 512
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 51 39 132 187
ACTOPLUS MET 51 50 132 275
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 51 45 132 86
LEVETIRACETAM 51 51 132 119
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 50 47 137 97
HYDRALAZINE HCL 50 29 137 77
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.