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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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52,344Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 6645

$4.92M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 6645

785 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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

4% of this provider’s 785 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 785 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 50,306 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

51% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$94 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

67 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
NEXIUM 1,425 1,376 1 40
LIDODERM 1,397 1,370 2 53
CELEBREX 1,215 1,193 10 3 54
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 1,007 968 4 17
FUROSEMIDE 962 937 5 11
CRESTOR 958 931 6 34
DIOVAN HCT 932 896 7 64
SIMVASTATIN 911 886 8 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 877 845 9 10
LOVAZA 873 822 10 68
CAPTOPRIL 793 766 10 11 221
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 699 676 12 4
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 679 664 13 62
ALLOPURINOL 657 651 14 31
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 656 646 15 2
DIOVAN 643 614 16 19
TRAMADOL HCL 632 618 17 30
METFORMIN HCL 606 586 18 7
OMEPRAZOLE 601 566 19 6
NAMENDA 562 557 20 41
DONEPEZIL HCL 562 562 20 27
VESICARE 551 545 10 22 148
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 545 525 23 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 542 528 24 16
VOLTAREN 514 490 25 108
TEKTURNA 513 513 10 26 264
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 508 448 S3 27 5
CARVEDILOL 489 476 28 25
JANUVIA 472 462 29 38
CLONIDINE HCL 468 466 30 56
CREON 463 435 31 114
ATENOLOL 452 428 32 8
ZETIA 448 446 33 87
JANUMET 437 423 34 132
CYMBALTA 434 425 35 78
MECLIZINE HCL 431 418 36 122
EVISTA 413 412 37 90
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 404 389 38 86
NASONEX 393 380 39 126
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 393 377 39 24
MELOXICAM 392 366 41 46
ADVAIR DISKUS 383 360 42 45
ACIPHEX 372 367 10 43 167
GLIMEPIRIDE 364 354 44 47
BYSTOLIC 362 346 45 110
CLOPIDOGREL 355 335 46 36
PLAVIX 352 341 47 49
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 352 349 47 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 342 337 49 22
SYNTHROID 339 325 50 79
GABAPENTIN 338 330 51 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 330 311 52 12
SINGULAIR 324 296 53 76
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 317 315 54 121
PROAIR HFA 311 300 55 32
EXELON 304 304 56 149
RANITIDINE HCL 293 284 57 51
ACTONEL 291 279 58 92
LISINOPRIL 274 270 59 3
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 269 269 60 66
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 262 250 61 20
SPIRIVA 245 232 62 65
LYRICA 243 240 63 127
LIPITOR 240 231 64 69
TRICOR 229 209 65 138
LEXAPRO 223 222 66 218
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 221 218 67 29
BENICAR 217 214 68 84
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 207 202 69 55
NAPROXEN 206 200 70 88
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 206 206 70 14
ABILIFY 199 185 72 204
COMBIVENT 198 183 73 174
IBUPROFEN 197 169 74 42
BENICAR HCT 191 186 75 158
MICARDIS HCT 190 183 76 299
AMITIZA 188 185 77 245
SOLARAZE 188 185 77 394
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 187 175 79 9
DEXILANT 185 177 80 102
NITROSTAT 180 173 81 193
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 180 168 S3 81 80
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 175 174 83 250
PROCTOZONE-HC 175 174 83 243
PROPRANOLOL HCL 171 159 85 151
SERTRALINE HCL 168 146 86 43
LACTULOSE 165 163 87 125
VYTORIN 164 163 88 170
LEVOFLOXACIN 163 155 89 83
DIGOXIN 163 158 89 59
MEGESTROL ACETATE 161 161 R 91 104
HYDROCORTISONE 158 157 92 229
ATELVIA 156 154 93 91
LUNESTA 153 153 94 287
FAMOTIDINE 148 132 95 33
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 146 129 96 26
PATANOL 145 145 97 131
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 145 145 97 97
RISPERIDONE 144 142 99 93
NATEGLINIDE 142 142 100 220
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 142 134 100 101
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 141 125 102 306
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 136 127 103 128
NITROLINGUAL 136 136 10 103 496
AMIODARONE HCL 135 135 105 160
ACTOS 135 132 105 71
BENAZEPRIL HCL 133 125 107 21
KETOCONAZOLE 133 132 107 196
FINASTERIDE 132 132 109 73
AZITHROMYCIN 128 115 110 44
FLECTOR 127 126 111 230
MICARDIS 127 120 111 232
CITALOPRAM HBR 123 106 113 35
LANTUS 123 122 113 50
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 119 118 115 263
SEROQUEL 114 108 116 208
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 114 110 R 116 117
LANSOPRAZOLE 112 111 118 163
TRAZODONE HCL 111 97 119 60
KLOR-CON 8 111 101 119 123
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 110 102 R 121 157
HYDROXYZINE HCL 109 95 R 122 161
ROPINIROLE HCL 105 105 123 166
OLANZAPINE 98 97 124 140
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 98 98 124 109
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 94 94 126 116
MUPIROCIN 93 92 127 294
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 91 89 128 347
PAROXETINE HCL 89 88 129 72
SODIUM CHLORIDE 87 86 130 216
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 87 84 130 134
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 85 79 132 147
NYSTATIN 85 85 132 234
COREG CR 85 72 132 242
ENABLEX 83 82 135 301
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 81 77 136 67
EXFORGE HCT 81 79 136 418
ALCOHOL PREP PADS 81 81 136 330
GLYBURIDE 80 63 R 139 58
CARISOPRODOL 80 35 R 139 94
DETROL LA 79 79 141 260
SPIRONOLACTONE 77 71 142 85
RAMIPRIL 77 77 142 118
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 77 62 142 233
CLONIDINE 76 76 145 308
FLUOCINONIDE 75 75 146 130
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 72 146 314
FENOFIBRATE 74 74 148 74
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 72 71 149 228
SINGLE USE SWAB 72 71 149 350
CILOSTAZOL 72 72 149 202
PRADAXA 69 69 152 247
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 69 69 152 179
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 68 57 154 75
MIRTAZAPINE 67 67 155 70
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 67 67 155 171
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 66 65 157 346
PATADAY 65 65 158 183
CEPHALEXIN 65 60 158 111
PREMARIN 64 64 R 160 169
COLCRYS 63 63 161 192
PRANDIN 62 62 162 240
NIFEDIPINE ER 60 60 163 82
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 59 53 164 120
VENTOLIN HFA 59 52 164 146
AZOR 59 59 164 152
AVODART 58 58 167 99
CALCITRIOL 57 47 168 205
INSULIN SYRINGE 57 56 168 61
PENTOXIFYLLINE 57 55 168 403
BONIVA 54 46 171 191
METFORMIN HCL ER 51 51 172 89
LOVASTATIN 50 38 173 15
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 Feb. 6, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.