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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,779Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 478 out of 6645

$500K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1162 out of 6645

579 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
9% 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

9% of this provider’s 579 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 12,483 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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 897 872 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 750 737 2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 624 610 3 2
LISINOPRIL 602 595 4 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 483 473 5 9
OMEPRAZOLE 373 351 6 6
FUROSEMIDE 369 369 7 11
ATENOLOL 319 319 8 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 296 295 9 28
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 283 282 10 29
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 274 274 11 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 270 270 12 10
DILTIAZEM ER 256 256 13 182
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 249 223 14 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 209 209 15 16
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 198 198 16 81
LOVASTATIN 191 184 17 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 190 187 S3 18 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 171 171 19 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 168 166 20 14
METFORMIN HCL 165 160 21 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 151 149 22 17
LEVOXYL 147 147 23 136
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 138 138 24 66
ADVAIR DISKUS 128 118 25 45
PAROXETINE HCL 124 112 26 72
CARVEDILOL 118 118 27 25
CITALOPRAM HBR 110 110 28 35
AZITHROMYCIN 110 102 28 44
CLOPIDOGREL 108 108 30 36
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 105 103 31 67
DIGOXIN 104 104 32 59
DIOVAN 99 99 33 19
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 96 96 34 187
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 94 94 35 24
TAMSULOSIN HCL 93 93 36 22
DONEPEZIL HCL 88 88 37 27
ZETIA 87 87 38 87
TRAMADOL HCL 79 79 39 30
GABAPENTIN 74 74 40 18
ALLOPURINOL 69 69 41 31
GLIPIZIDE 65 65 42 23
PROAIR HFA 65 60 42 32
NAMENDA 64 64 44 41
PLAVIX 64 64 44 49
CHLORTHALIDONE 63 58 46 180
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 62 57 47 26
FELODIPINE ER 62 62 47 105
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 62 62 47 52
FLUOCINONIDE 61 58 50 130
ALPRAZOLAM 58 56 51 195
CEPHALEXIN 57 56 52 111
SPIRIVA 56 56 53 65
LORAZEPAM 54 54 54 189
FLUOXETINE HCL 52 37 55 63
AMIODARONE HCL 52 52 55 160
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 Sept. 25, 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.