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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,831Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 214 out of 6645

$1M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 320 out of 6645

612 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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 612 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

32% 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

1% of this provider’s 12,670 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 864 532 S3 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 595 469 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 530 446 3 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 510 336 4 4
FUROSEMIDE 487 364 5 11
GLIPIZIDE 417 276 6 23
WARFARIN SODIUM 408 306 7 16
OMEPRAZOLE 403 304 8 6
LISINOPRIL 371 313 9 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 331 231 10 13
CARVEDILOL 310 219 11 25
FAMOTIDINE 274 202 12 33
GABAPENTIN 268 204 13 18
LANTUS 267 157 14 50
METFORMIN HCL 261 216 15 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 244 229 16 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 235 170 17 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 230 173 18 17
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 207 122 19 75
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 186 174 20 9
ATENOLOL 183 140 21 8
CLOPIDOGREL 170 136 22 36
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 168 133 23 238
HEPARIN SODIUM 163 105 24 248
PROAIR HFA 153 96 25 32
CLONIDINE HCL 139 72 26 56
TRAMADOL HCL 137 123 27 30
IBUPROFEN 137 86 27 42
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 133 99 29 29
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 133 17 S2 29 235
LEVETIRACETAM 131 90 31 119
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 126 99 32 12
NOVOLOG 123 67 33 144
SANTYL 118 89 34 302
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 117 74 S3 35 80
PAROXETINE HCL 116 82 36 72
DIGOXIN 114 74 37 59
TAMSULOSIN HCL 112 95 38 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 111 64 39 10
SODIUM CHLORIDE 111 80 39 216
NIFEDIPINE ER 104 88 41 82
BACLOFEN 103 69 42 100
RISPERIDONE 102 38 43 93
DIOVAN 100 79 44 19
ADVAIR DISKUS 100 58 44 45
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 99 45 46 172
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 98 82 47 14
PREDNISONE 97 64 48 57
NAMENDA 95 91 49 41
CYMBALTA 94 73 50 78
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 94 85 50 112
BENAZEPRIL HCL 94 50 50 21
HUMALOG 93 62 53 137
ALLOPURINOL 91 74 54 31
ATROVENT HFA 90 66 55 415
TRAZODONE HCL 87 45 56 60
PLAVIX 86 71 57 49
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 85 85 58 81
LEVOFLOXACIN 83 60 59 83
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 80 80 60 116
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 77 67 61 156
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 75 59 62 101
VENTOLIN HFA 75 59 62 146
CITALOPRAM HBR 72 54 64 35
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 72 52 64 67
CARISOPRODOL 72 11 R 64 94
INSULIN SYRINGE 72 60 64 61
LOVASTATIN 70 70 68 15
FLUOXETINE HCL 68 27 69 63
NOVOLIN R 67 53 70 142
SERTRALINE HCL 67 32 70 43
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 67 50 70 214
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 66 25 R 73 188
RAMIPRIL 65 64 74 118
AZITHROMYCIN 63 44 75 44
CEPHALEXIN 62 45 76 111
MIRTAZAPINE 62 53 76 70
AMIODARONE HCL 59 35 78 160
SPIRONOLACTONE 58 40 79 85
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 58 37 79 55
KLOR-CON 8 58 46 79 123
LACTULOSE 56 38 82 125
NITROSTAT 56 46 82 193
VANCOMYCIN HCL 54 32 84 374
NEXIUM 54 42 84 40
KLOR-CON M20 53 29 86 203
HYDRALAZINE HCL 51 32 87 77
METRONIDAZOLE 50 33 88 329
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 8, 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.