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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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27,695Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 58 out of 6645

$2.57M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 50 out of 6645

878 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 878 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 26,174 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

47% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$93 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,348 1,265 1 2
LIDODERM 764 729 2 53
NEXIUM 683 677 3 40
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 607 575 4 10
DIOVAN 578 554 5 19
OMEPRAZOLE 561 500 6 6
TAMSULOSIN HCL 555 523 7 22
CELEBREX 547 514 8 54
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 512 453 9 14
LOVASTATIN 508 446 10 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 499 460 11 9
CLOPIDOGREL 495 483 12 36
SIMVASTATIN 471 444 13 1
DEXILANT 457 434 14 102
MELOXICAM 454 427 15 46
IBUPROFEN 422 390 16 42
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 420 396 R 17 95
CRESTOR 406 403 18 34
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 376 332 19 12
DIOVAN HCT 372 363 20 64
PLAVIX 364 360 21 49
CREON 363 361 22 114
METFORMIN HCL 359 315 23 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 351 350 24 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 344 306 25 17
ATENOLOL 327 311 26 8
EXFORGE 321 310 27 155
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 305 302 10 28 147
AVODART 294 285 29 99
AZITHROMYCIN 292 272 30 44
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 265 265 31 97
GLIPIZIDE 254 230 32 23
BENICAR 236 227 33 84
BENAZEPRIL HCL 234 218 34 21
ACIPHEX 233 233 35 167
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 230 213 36 4
LOVAZA 226 222 37 68
GABAPENTIN 225 213 38 18
ZENPEP 201 189 39 210
BONIVA 196 195 40 191
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 196 175 40 13
NAMENDA 187 186 42 41
JANUVIA 179 179 43 38
ACTONEL 175 175 44 92
ONGLYZA 167 167 45 168
FLUOCINONIDE 160 157 46 130
LISINOPRIL 158 119 47 3
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 158 155 47 120
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 154 154 49 81
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 152 139 50 62
TEKTURNA 152 152 50 264
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 151 138 52 67
GEMFIBROZIL 150 150 53 96
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 149 136 54 249
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 148 143 S3 55 5
MEGESTROL ACETATE 141 131 R 56 104
FAMOTIDINE 131 128 57 33
LEVOFLOXACIN 127 119 58 83
SPIRIVA 123 123 59 65
NASONEX 123 115 59 126
FINASTERIDE 113 105 61 73
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 112 108 S3 62 80
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 111 97 63 263
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 111 110 63 86
VOLTAREN 111 109 63 108
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 110 98 66 55
LANSOPRAZOLE 109 90 67 163
FLECTOR 107 107 68 230
SINGULAIR 104 104 69 76
BENICAR HCT 103 99 70 158
EXELON 102 102 71 149
HYDROXYZINE HCL 102 100 R 71 161
PEN NEEDLE 102 100 71 159
ADVAIR DISKUS 101 100 74 45
JANUMET 99 99 75 132
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 97 97 76 52
TRAMADOL HCL 95 94 77 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 95 77 77 24
LIPITOR 91 86 79 69
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 91 88 79 29
ALLOPURINOL 85 79 81 31
FUROSEMIDE 84 83 82 11
BYSTOLIC 84 84 82 110
PREMARIN 83 80 R 84 169
GLIMEPIRIDE 82 75 85 47
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 82 73 85 233
FORTEO 81 81 87 280
ZOSTAVAX 81 63 87 115
ATELVIA 80 80 89 91
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 80 77 89 139
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 76 73 91 66
NIFEDIPINE ER 76 76 91 82
MICARDIS 75 75 93 232
AMOXICILLIN 71 66 94 107
ACTOS 70 70 95 71
RANITIDINE HCL 70 66 95 51
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 69 69 97 128
VESICARE 68 66 98 148
MICARDIS HCT 68 68 98 299
AGGRENOX 67 67 100 282
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 66 66 101 20
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 66 53 101 321
LACTATED RINGERS 66 64 10 101 515
EVISTA 64 47 104 90
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 64 59 104 214
PROPYLTHIOURACIL 63 63 106 465
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 62 60 107 26
ZETIA 60 60 108 87
TEKTURNA HCT 57 57 109 578
WARFARIN SODIUM 57 52 109 16
LUNESTA 55 55 111 287
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 55 55 111 28
AZOR 55 55 111 152
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 54 53 R 114 117
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 52 48 115 228
VIMOVO 52 47 115 438
PREMPRO 52 41 R 115 369
SYMBICORT 52 47 115 153
PROAIR HFA 50 45 119 32
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 March 6, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.