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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,996Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 295 out of 6645

$1.79M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 107 out of 6645

475 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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 475 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 15,682 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

55% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$112 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
CRESTOR 797 788 1 34
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 587 578 2 2
LOVAZA 504 502 3 68
ZETIA 334 328 4 87
CARVEDILOL 331 330 5 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 327 317 6 12
LIDODERM 323 323 7 53
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 322 301 8 10
BENICAR 305 298 9 84
PLAVIX 289 286 10 49
DEXILANT 285 277 11 102
CLOPIDOGREL 278 277 12 36
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 249 238 13 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 239 235 14 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 236 235 15 22
NEXIUM 220 220 16 40
ATELVIA 199 199 17 91
FUROSEMIDE 193 192 18 11
DIOVAN 189 188 19 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 188 188 20 24
NAMENDA 177 177 21 41
AZOR 177 177 21 152
SIMVASTATIN 173 171 23 1
GLIMEPIRIDE 172 168 24 47
EXELON 168 168 25 149
AVODART 168 168 25 99
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 167 160 27 29
GABAPENTIN 165 161 28 18
JANUVIA 164 164 29 38
OMEPRAZOLE 163 151 30 6
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 163 162 30 67
DONEPEZIL HCL 158 158 32 27
METFORMIN HCL ER 151 151 33 89
CELEBREX 148 148 34 54
ONGLYZA 144 142 35 168
AZITHROMYCIN 140 133 36 44
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 139 136 37 55
WELCHOL 133 133 38 199
SPIRIVA 125 124 39 65
FAMOTIDINE 124 124 40 33
LEVOFLOXACIN 119 114 41 83
SINGULAIR 115 110 42 76
VOLTAREN 108 106 43 108
WARFARIN SODIUM 107 107 44 16
AMMONIUM LACTATE 104 103 45 266
NASONEX 104 103 45 126
MELOXICAM 103 97 47 46
ACARBOSE 100 96 48 211
METFORMIN HCL 96 87 49 7
RANITIDINE HCL 94 94 50 51
EVISTA 88 88 51 90
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 88 87 51 28
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 87 85 S3 53 80
BENICAR HCT 86 86 54 158
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 85 85 55 66
PROMETHAZINE VC 84 77 R 56 444
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 82 57 9
VESICARE 82 82 58 148
ATENOLOL 82 76 58 8
LIPITOR 80 80 60 69
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 78 71 61 14
DIOVAN HCT 75 75 62 64
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 66 62 62
RAMIPRIL 73 60 64 118
FINASTERIDE 68 67 65 73
COREG CR 64 64 66 242
PATANOL 64 63 66 131
VYTORIN 60 60 68 170
MUPIROCIN 60 60 68 294
EXFORGE 58 58 70 155
SERTRALINE HCL 58 54 70 43
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 57 57 R 72 95
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 56 49 73 26
PROPYLTHIOURACIL 56 56 73 465
PRADAXA 55 55 75 247
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 53 52 76 81
NYSTATIN 53 53 76 234
LYRICA 53 53 76 127
DIGOXIN 51 51 79 59
ADVAIR DISKUS 50 50 80 45
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 9, 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.