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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Addiction Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,100Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 12

$525K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 12

218 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
43%Patients 65 Years and Older
82% 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

10% of this provider’s 218 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

36% of this provider’s 218 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 24%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 2,740 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$86 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $88 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 28.


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
SUBOXONE 320 55 1 11
GABAPENTIN 195 73 2 15
OMEPRAZOLE 179 70 3 5
SIMVASTATIN 141 59 4 4
IBUPROFEN 128 53 5 8
METFORMIN HCL 125 63 6 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 109 81 7 3
TRAZODONE HCL 107 25 8 17
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 104 50 9 2
ATENOLOL 103 59 10 28
CLONIDINE HCL 101 16 11 26
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 99 70 S3 12 1
FUROSEMIDE 98 66 13 10
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 82 44 14 100
GLYBURIDE 80 30 R 15 20
METHOCARBAMOL 78 0 R 16 57
RISPERIDONE 75 34 17 41
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 71 59 18 37
CARVEDILOL 71 59 18 30
SEROQUEL XR 69 0 20 69
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 66 15 21 38
LISINOPRIL 65 50 22 6
TERAZOSIN HCL 57 54 23 125
GEMFIBROZIL 56 19 24 16
METHADONE HCL 56 22 S2 24 127
PREDNISONE 55 31 26 48
BUPROPION XL 54 13 27 130
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 52 0 R 28 134
NIFEDIPINE ER 50 33 29 86
CARBAMAZEPINE 50 14 29 138
TRAMADOL HCL 50 0 29 54
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 12, 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.