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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,158Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 87 out of 6645

$1.07M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 271 out of 6645

943 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
58% 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

11% of this provider’s 943 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 943 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 22,627 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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 1,035 975 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 1,021 973 2 6
FUROSEMIDE 847 806 3 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 734 689 4 4
LISINOPRIL 717 696 5 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 598 534 S3 6 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 586 553 7 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 535 508 8 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 513 499 9 2
METFORMIN HCL 425 407 10 7
GABAPENTIN 381 353 11 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 374 371 12 27
NAMENDA 373 372 13 41
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 358 326 14 28
CITALOPRAM HBR 350 329 15 35
CARVEDILOL 340 320 16 25
MIRTAZAPINE 299 291 17 70
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 271 255 18 120
CLOPIDOGREL 265 238 19 36
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 257 255 20 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 255 253 21 12
TRAMADOL HCL 254 247 22 30
FENOFIBRATE 254 240 22 74
ATENOLOL 253 237 24 8
TAMSULOSIN HCL 211 211 25 22
LACTULOSE 207 194 26 125
ALLOPURINOL 192 180 27 31
MELOXICAM 191 190 28 46
ROPINIROLE HCL 181 175 29 166
SPIRONOLACTONE 176 158 30 85
FAMOTIDINE 168 153 31 33
LEVOFLOXACIN 163 159 32 83
PREDNISONE 162 153 33 57
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 160 140 34 29
CYMBALTA 159 143 35 78
DIGOXIN 158 158 36 59
GLIPIZIDE 157 147 37 23
LANTUS 155 138 38 50
ADVAIR DISKUS 153 138 39 45
PLAVIX 150 135 40 49
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 141 134 41 10
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 140 129 42 116
AMIODARONE HCL 139 126 43 160
LYRICA 138 106 44 127
SERTRALINE HCL 132 118 45 43
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 132 130 45 112
RANITIDINE HCL 132 118 45 51
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 131 123 48 113
CLONIDINE HCL 129 123 49 56
FLUOXETINE HCL 127 117 50 63
FENTANYL 127 119 S2 50 141
RISPERIDONE 125 122 52 93
KLOR-CON M20 123 123 53 203
SPIRIVA 123 109 53 65
LEVETIRACETAM 117 117 55 119
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 114 114 56 66
BACLOFEN 114 69 56 100
BENAZEPRIL HCL 108 98 58 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 107 95 59 9
NATEGLINIDE 106 106 60 220
NIFEDIPINE ER 106 106 60 82
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 103 95 62 17
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 102 100 63 26
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 100 96 64 67
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 99 85 R 65 157
MEGESTROL ACETATE 95 95 R 66 104
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 93 74 S2 67 150
EXELON 93 92 67 149
TRAZODONE HCL 89 87 69 60
GLIMEPIRIDE 88 84 70 47
NOVOLIN R 88 71 70 142
LOVASTATIN 85 84 72 15
DIOVAN 84 81 73 19
NYSTATIN 83 82 74 234
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 83 72 74 201
HYDRALAZINE HCL 83 83 74 77
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 82 81 77 129
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 81 81 78 176
ARICEPT 78 78 79 442
KLOR-CON M10 77 76 80 276
NIFEDICAL XL 74 74 81 295
CEPHALEXIN 71 67 82 111
LIDODERM 69 64 83 53
PROMETHAZINE HCL 67 58 R 84 219
HUMALOG 67 59 84 137
METOLAZONE 67 66 84 337
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 66 60 S2 87 235
GENERLAC 65 63 88 310
BUSPIRONE HCL 65 47 88 207
ONDANSETRON HCL 64 57 90 419
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 63 47 R 91 117
HUMULIN N 62 56 92 381
INSULIN SYRINGE 61 60 93 61
AZITHROMYCIN 61 55 93 44
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 61 61 93 121
DICYCLOMINE HCL 60 60 96 278
HUMULIN R 59 51 97 209
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 59 57 97 24
CRESTOR 59 53 97 34
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 56 42 100 86
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 53 52 101 156
BUMETANIDE 50 47 102 267
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 50 50 102 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 Dec. 28, 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.