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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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41,118Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 6645

$4.36M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 6645

19,021 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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 19,021 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

1% of this provider’s 19,021 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 34,225 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

59% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$106 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

2 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
ZOSTAVAX 16,870 14,404 10 1 115
ADACEL 1,648 1,317 10 2 212
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,211 856 S3 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 779 663 4 4
FUROSEMIDE 766 673 5 11
SIMVASTATIN 708 579 6 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 666 623 7 16
LISINOPRIL 608 503 8 3
OMEPRAZOLE 495 413 9 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 469 393 10 2
METFORMIN HCL 393 300 11 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 373 351 12 28
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 344 300 13 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 312 308 14 27
GABAPENTIN 289 235 15 18
LANTUS 244 216 16 50
MIRTAZAPINE 242 217 17 70
CARVEDILOL 238 196 18 25
ADVAIR DISKUS 235 164 19 45
NAMENDA 235 235 19 41
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 218 139 21 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 207 165 22 29
CLOPIDOGREL 197 173 23 36
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 195 121 24 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 185 150 25 10
TRAMADOL HCL 181 143 26 30
ATENOLOL 179 147 27 8
SERTRALINE HCL 174 173 28 43
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 163 147 29 14
SPIRIVA 158 116 30 65
TAMSULOSIN HCL 158 140 30 22
GLIPIZIDE 151 134 32 23
LACTULOSE 151 151 32 125
HYDRALAZINE HCL 148 133 34 77
FAMOTIDINE 147 121 35 33
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 143 101 36 113
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 142 121 37 55
DIOVAN 139 130 38 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 137 126 39 24
PLAVIX 136 113 40 49
LOVASTATIN 135 117 41 15
CYMBALTA 135 127 41 78
PROAIR HFA 133 64 43 32
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 130 111 44 26
JANUVIA 127 120 45 38
CITALOPRAM HBR 127 122 45 35
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 125 125 47 112
LEVOFLOXACIN 118 104 48 83
RISPERIDONE 116 90 49 93
RAMIPRIL 114 114 50 118
SPIRONOLACTONE 113 81 51 85
CARISOPRODOL 112 16 R 52 94
NOVOLOG 111 93 53 144
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 110 101 54 86
NYSTATIN 109 92 55 234
CLONIDINE HCL 107 80 56 56
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 107 103 56 20
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 104 104 58 156
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 103 83 59 179
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 102 77 60 134
IBUPROFEN 102 71 60 42
RANITIDINE HCL 102 87 60 51
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 101 86 63 12
FENTANYL 101 86 S2 63 141
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 101 101 63 116
SINGULAIR 96 80 66 76
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 95 83 S2 67 124
LEVETIRACETAM 91 67 68 119
CEPHALEXIN 91 78 68 111
MELOXICAM 91 69 68 46
DIGOXIN 89 83 71 59
PREDNISONE 89 78 71 57
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 89 71 71 66
HUMALOG 88 85 74 137
NEXIUM 85 33 75 40
PAROXETINE HCL 85 64 75 72
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 84 43 77 172
BENAZEPRIL HCL 83 73 78 21
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 82 78 79 176
HYDROXYZINE HCL 81 52 R 80 161
KLOR-CON 10 81 63 80 145
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 81 70 80 67
FLUOXETINE HCL 81 55 80 63
NIFEDIPINE ER 79 79 84 82
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 78 77 85 201
KLOR-CON M20 76 64 86 203
MORPHINE SULFATE 75 75 S2 87 326
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 75 48 S2 87 150
KLOR-CON M10 72 71 89 276
AMIODARONE HCL 71 71 90 160
AZITHROMYCIN 70 42 91 44
OLANZAPINE 69 42 92 140
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 68 67 93 238
LATANOPROST 67 65 94 320
BACLOFEN 65 52 95 100
FINASTERIDE 65 50 95 73
VENTOLIN HFA 63 37 97 146
PEN NEEDLE 63 56 97 159
GLIMEPIRIDE 63 60 97 47
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 62 62 100 52
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 61 32 101 347
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 60 25 102 101
ALLOPURINOL 58 49 103 31
GLYBURIDE 57 45 R 104 58
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 57 41 104 129
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 54 38 106 175
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 54 33 R 106 117
CELEBREX 53 44 108 54
TERAZOSIN HCL 52 44 109 48
ROPINIROLE HCL 50 46 110 166
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 50 42 110 120
LIDODERM 50 50 110 53
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 May 2, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.