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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,754Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 74 out of 6645

$1.56M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 130 out of 6645

702 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% 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 702 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 702 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 24,259 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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
GABAPENTIN 766 683 1 18
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 681 629 2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 675 649 3 2
CARVEDILOL 667 647 4 25
OMEPRAZOLE 637 572 5 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 488 466 6 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 473 465 7 17
SIMVASTATIN 431 411 8 1
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 409 377 9 24
GLIPIZIDE 405 384 10 23
METFORMIN HCL 392 378 11 7
FUROSEMIDE 388 379 12 11
BENICAR HCT 365 355 13 158
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 356 352 14 10
LISINOPRIL 354 325 15 3
ATENOLOL 348 317 16 8
ALLOPURINOL 347 335 17 31
LOVASTATIN 327 287 18 15
CREON 322 320 19 114
CRESTOR 310 310 20 34
WARFARIN SODIUM 308 292 21 16
DIOVAN 307 300 22 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 301 291 23 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 291 283 24 29
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 278 273 25 262
TAMSULOSIN HCL 277 277 26 22
DIOVAN HCT 269 254 27 64
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 268 268 28 66
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 264 247 29 9
CYMBALTA 261 251 30 78
CITALOPRAM HBR 252 241 31 35
MIRTAZAPINE 232 229 32 70
DONEPEZIL HCL 226 226 33 27
DEXILANT 222 205 34 102
TRAMADOL HCL 216 205 35 30
BENICAR 215 203 36 84
NEXIUM 214 212 37 40
TERAZOSIN HCL 207 195 38 48
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 206 190 S3 39 5
LOVAZA 200 186 40 68
JANUMET 190 161 41 132
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 178 148 42 52
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 178 159 R 42 117
LIPITOR 163 147 44 69
COMBIVENT 157 143 45 174
CLONIDINE HCL 156 148 46 56
BENAZEPRIL HCL 155 141 47 21
ASPIRIN EC 154 146 48 264
FLUOCINONIDE 150 140 49 130
GLIMEPIRIDE 147 138 50 47
CLOPIDOGREL 146 143 51 36
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 145 117 52 12
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 144 140 53 86
JANUVIA 141 141 54 38
FLUOXETINE HCL 140 124 55 63
PLAVIX 129 127 56 49
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127 127 57 62
LIDOCAINE 126 124 58 325
PROAIR HFA 126 106 58 32
MECLIZINE HCL 125 124 60 122
LEXAPRO 125 125 60 218
RANITIDINE HCL 123 122 62 51
CELEBREX 123 118 62 54
ACTONEL 122 122 64 92
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 116 106 65 26
TRICOR 110 99 66 138
LORATADINE 109 92 67 250
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 107 95 68 75
LIDODERM 106 106 69 53
PRANDIN 103 99 70 240
ACIPHEX 102 102 71 167
NISOLDIPINE 101 92 72 518
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 101 86 72 129
AZITHROMYCIN 100 87 74 44
SPIRONOLACTONE 99 99 75 85
NITROSTAT 99 99 75 193
VERAPAMIL ER 97 89 77 154
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 94 91 78 14
LABETALOL HCL 92 70 79 226
EXELON 89 89 80 149
AMIODARONE HCL 89 89 80 160
SINGULAIR 88 88 82 76
FAMOTIDINE 88 63 82 33
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 87 84 84 101
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 87 87 84 179
PAROXETINE HCL 82 76 86 72
GLYBURIDE 81 77 R 87 58
NASONEX 78 76 88 126
CLONIDINE 78 73 88 308
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 74 62 90 121
ENABLEX 74 74 90 301
TRAZODONE HCL 74 68 90 60
BYSTOLIC 73 73 93 110
VOLTAREN 73 73 93 108
SYNTHROID 72 64 95 79
SPIRIVA 71 71 96 65
NAMENDA 70 70 97 41
AZELASTINE HCL 67 65 98 341
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 65 64 99 81
FINASTERIDE 65 65 99 73
AVAPRO 64 64 101 493
SYMBICORT 64 50 101 153
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 64 56 101 171
METFORMIN HCL ER 64 64 101 89
ADVAIR DISKUS 64 64 101 45
AVODART 62 62 106 99
SERTRALINE HCL 61 58 107 43
PROCTOSOL-HC 61 61 107 517
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 60 60 109 147
FENOFIBRATE 60 53 109 74
IBUPROFEN 59 48 111 42
BUSPIRONE HCL 59 59 111 207
ZENPEP 59 59 111 210
GLIPIZIDE XL 56 56 114 315
RAMIPRIL 56 56 114 118
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 55 53 116 67
LYRICA 55 55 116 127
ZETIA 53 53 118 87
SULAR 52 52 10 119 738
SEROQUEL 51 50 120 208
ULORIC 50 50 121 227
GLIPIZIDE ER 50 48 121 239
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 April 24, 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.