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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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33,505Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 29 out of 6645

$2.19M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 71 out of 6645

706 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 706 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 28,911 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

38% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

47 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,918 1,801 1 2
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 1,366 1,289 2 14
OMEPRAZOLE 1,205 947 3 6
SIMVASTATIN 1,116 1,008 4 1
METFORMIN HCL 987 892 5 7
DIOVAN 881 837 6 19
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 766 591 7 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 690 627 8 12
ATENOLOL 675 640 9 8
LOVAZA 639 554 10 68
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 595 551 11 10
ATELVIA 586 576 12 91
JANUVIA 518 482 13 38
NEXIUM 506 450 14 40
DONEPEZIL HCL 499 487 15 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 492 449 16 22
MELOXICAM 477 449 17 46
LIDODERM 452 443 18 53
CELEBREX 423 405 19 54
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 373 369 20 66
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 351 330 21 55
AMOXICILLIN 342 319 22 107
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 322 271 23 29
EVISTA 307 295 24 90
AZITHROMYCIN 296 269 25 44
WARFARIN SODIUM 285 234 26 16
GABAPENTIN 283 206 27 18
FAMOTIDINE 281 248 28 33
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 277 235 29 20
SINGULAIR 275 256 30 76
PLAVIX 266 248 31 49
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 246 100 32 121
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 233 218 33 24
ACTONEL 228 191 34 92
GLIPIZIDE 228 203 34 23
BENAZEPRIL HCL 226 168 36 21
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 223 94 37 113
LEVETIRACETAM 222 48 38 119
CLOPIDOGREL 221 205 39 36
CARVEDILOL 212 187 40 25
DIGOXIN 207 207 41 59
LEVOFLOXACIN 206 174 42 83
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 202 190 43 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 198 178 44 13
LISINOPRIL 196 153 45 3
CRESTOR 192 172 46 34
GLIMEPIRIDE 190 173 47 47
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 182 172 48 112
OXCARBAZEPINE 177 53 49 416
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 174 123 50 28
NOVOLIN R 171 119 51 142
RISPERIDONE 169 121 52 93
MEGESTROL ACETATE 165 150 R 53 104
ACTOS 164 138 54 71
FUROSEMIDE 164 112 54 11
FLUOCINONIDE 163 143 56 130
PROAIR HFA 151 137 57 32
AMIODARONE HCL 149 124 58 160
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 149 127 58 120
VOLTAREN 148 139 60 108
FELODIPINE ER 148 131 60 105
TRICOR 147 110 62 138
BENICAR 144 144 63 84
OLANZAPINE 142 65 64 140
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 135 122 65 128
NIFEDIPINE ER 135 123 65 82
LACTULOSE 134 64 67 125
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 131 122 68 116
NAMENDA 128 128 69 41
DIOVAN HCT 127 125 70 64
HYDRALAZINE HCL 124 114 71 77
FENOFIBRATE 124 112 71 74
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 123 114 73 156
LANTUS 120 108 74 50
PATANOL 119 110 75 131
AVODART 116 116 76 99
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115 79 77 9
ZETIA 113 111 78 87
LIPITOR 108 107 79 69
VYTORIN 105 96 80 170
MIRTAZAPINE 102 89 81 70
FINASTERIDE 101 89 82 73
ALLOPURINOL 101 101 82 31
ADVAIR DISKUS 98 88 84 45
VIMPAT 94 12 85 404
GLYBURIDE 92 81 R 86 58
GEMFIBROZIL 91 89 87 96
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 90 74 88 26
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 87 82 89 200
HYDROXYZINE HCL 84 79 R 90 161
TERAZOSIN HCL 83 83 91 48
ACARBOSE 83 83 91 211
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 81 81 93 97
SOTALOL 78 78 94 332
CEPHALEXIN 77 64 95 111
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 76 46 96 134
LAMOTRIGINE 73 25 97 284
SODIUM CHLORIDE 73 71 97 216
FLUOXETINE HCL 68 38 99 63
SPIRIVA 64 54 100 65
LANSOPRAZOLE 64 47 100 163
PATADAY 62 61 102 183
RIVASTIGMINE 62 62 102 363
HUMULIN R 61 54 104 209
PROCTOZONE-HC 61 55 104 243
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 59 48 106 101
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 59 50 106 175
MISOPROSTOL 57 33 108 377
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 56 41 109 176
PROCTOSOL-HC 56 51 109 517
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 56 44 109 215
LIVALO 55 55 112 274
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 54 33 S3 113 5
VALPROIC ACID 53 37 114 285
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 53 43 R 114 184
VENLAFAXINE HCL 53 41 114 388
MECLIZINE HCL 52 49 117 122
LOVASTATIN 51 40 118 15
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 51 0 118 201
CARBATROL 50 12 120 750
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 Aug. 26, 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.