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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,883Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 260 out of 6645

$1.09M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 268 out of 6645

612 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
72% 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

14% of this provider’s 612 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 12,108 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% 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

28 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
SIMVASTATIN 947 677 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 882 684 2 2
BENAZEPRIL HCL 754 543 3 21
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 635 372 4 4
METFORMIN HCL 568 412 5 7
OMEPRAZOLE 524 363 6 6
LISINOPRIL 493 377 7 3
FUROSEMIDE 359 302 8 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 323 179 S3 9 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 288 235 10 9
ATENOLOL 274 218 11 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 269 243 12 10
CRESTOR 264 212 13 34
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 222 166 14 13
DIOVAN 222 196 14 19
TRAMADOL HCL 172 129 16 30
GABAPENTIN 165 79 17 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 161 120 18 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 161 125 18 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 157 105 20 28
CARVEDILOL 145 126 21 25
MELOXICAM 139 92 22 46
BENICAR 135 120 23 84
LOVASTATIN 127 120 24 15
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 124 82 25 20
CLONIDINE HCL 123 75 26 56
ULORIC 120 120 27 227
CELEBREX 115 107 28 54
DIGOXIN 111 86 29 59
IBUPROFEN 108 72 30 42
MEGESTROL ACETATE 103 49 R 31 104
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 102 89 32 14
FAMOTIDINE 102 37 32 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 101 78 34 22
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 100 72 35 237
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 97 83 36 109
BYSTOLIC 96 70 37 110
GLIPIZIDE 93 82 38 23
SPIRIVA 93 77 38 65
LIPITOR 93 81 38 69
AVODART 92 92 41 99
SINGULAIR 92 69 41 76
ADVAIR DISKUS 91 62 43 45
NEXIUM 90 67 44 40
FENOFIBRATE 88 64 45 74
AZOR 86 76 46 152
CLOPIDOGREL 85 68 47 36
NIFEDIPINE ER 82 66 48 82
AMOXICILLIN 82 51 48 107
GLYBURIDE 79 50 R 50 58
DIOVAN HCT 78 66 51 64
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 77 69 52 52
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 75 62 53 66
PEN NEEDLE 74 42 54 159
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 71 29 55 172
JANUVIA 69 50 56 38
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 68 46 57 121
WARFARIN SODIUM 67 44 58 16
NAMENDA 67 59 58 41
TRAZODONE HCL 66 31 60 60
RANITIDINE HCL 65 36 61 51
KLOR-CON 10 63 62 62 145
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 63 36 62 29
PLAVIX 63 44 62 49
TRILIPIX 62 46 65 178
BACLOFEN 61 22 66 100
ONGLYZA 61 49 66 168
INSULIN SYRINGE 59 23 68 61
QVAR 59 31 68 103
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 59 59 R 68 95
LANTUS 59 32 68 50
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 58 43 72 26
CITALOPRAM HBR 56 46 73 35
VENTOLIN HFA 56 25 73 146
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 56 47 73 55
ALLOPURINOL 54 42 76 31
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 50 77 62
PROAIR HFA 52 26 78 32
CYMBALTA 52 43 78 78
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 52 22 R 78 117
AZITHROMYCIN 52 44 78 44
SSD 51 12 82 552
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 51 0 82 120
NAPROXEN 50 42 84 88
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 50 31 84 75
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 9, 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.