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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,864Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1028 out of 6645

$415K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1586 out of 6645

452 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
28% 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

10% of this provider’s 452 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 8,128 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

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 588 548 1 1
LISINOPRIL 466 436 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 421 416 3 2
METFORMIN HCL 387 356 4 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 303 303 5 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 268 266 6 14
LOVASTATIN 266 253 7 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 236 215 8 9
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 223 218 9 37
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 207 192 10 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 193 146 S3 11 5
ATENOLOL 184 168 12 8
FUROSEMIDE 154 146 13 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 153 152 14 16
GLIMEPIRIDE 153 144 14 47
OMEPRAZOLE 145 140 16 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 139 132 17 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 114 112 18 10
GLYBURIDE 112 99 R 19 58
DIOVAN 104 98 20 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 103 95 21 24
CARVEDILOL 100 91 22 25
GABAPENTIN 97 84 23 18
ALLOPURINOL 90 85 24 31
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 87 79 25 29
DIOVAN HCT 87 87 25 64
TAMSULOSIN HCL 83 83 27 22
FENOFIBRATE 80 70 28 74
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 78 78 29 20
BENAZEPRIL HCL 70 58 30 21
NIFEDIPINE ER 70 58 30 82
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 63 32 62
GEMFIBROZIL 61 53 33 96
GLIPIZIDE 59 59 34 23
DILTIAZEM ER 56 39 35 182
NIFEDIAC CC 56 51 35 231
SERTRALINE HCL 56 43 35 43
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 54 38 45
NAMENDA 53 53 39 41
TRAMADOL HCL 51 45 40 30
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 Oct. 10, 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.