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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,318Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1162 out of 6645

$461K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1322 out of 6645

678 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
6% 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

2% of this provider’s 678 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 678 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 7,870 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

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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
ATENOLOL 652 626 1 8
LISINOPRIL 435 422 2 3
LOVASTATIN 420 408 3 15
SIMVASTATIN 392 370 4 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 371 366 5 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 271 256 6 9
METFORMIN HCL 252 238 7 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 249 240 8 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 219 219 9 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 208 186 S3 10 5
GLIPIZIDE 185 176 11 23
OMEPRAZOLE 180 174 12 6
LEVOTHROID 171 163 13 39
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 161 157 14 26
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 154 149 15 37
FUROSEMIDE 146 144 16 11
FAMOTIDINE 128 125 17 33
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 126 122 18 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 124 124 19 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 116 116 20 22
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 108 104 21 20
TERAZOSIN HCL 107 106 22 48
INSULIN SYRINGE 101 87 23 61
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 89 82 24 10
SPIRIVA 85 82 25 65
FLUOXETINE HCL 80 80 26 63
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 75 75 27 14
PROAIR HFA 74 70 28 32
ALLOPURINOL 72 72 29 31
QVAR 72 68 29 103
IBUPROFEN 63 57 31 42
FENOFIBRATE 63 60 31 74
PROPRANOLOL HCL 56 56 33 151
NOVOLIN N 55 46 34 106
DIGOXIN 52 52 35 59
TRAZODONE HCL 51 45 36 60
GABAPENTIN 50 38 37 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 50 45 37 35
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.