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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,889Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 133 out of 6645

$1.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 299 out of 6645

614 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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

4% of this provider’s 614 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 614 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 16,675 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$50 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 784 631 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 742 592 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 696 560 3 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 682 450 S3 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 599 496 5 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 512 417 6 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 460 388 7 13
METFORMIN HCL 443 275 8 7
BENAZEPRIL HCL 372 304 9 21
GABAPENTIN 363 255 10 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 309 269 11 17
CARVEDILOL 306 236 12 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 302 270 13 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 295 292 14 27
KLOR-CON 8 284 247 15 123
LISINOPRIL 270 242 16 3
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 269 255 17 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 261 243 18 22
DIOVAN 260 211 19 19
ATENOLOL 260 186 19 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 259 221 21 28
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 253 198 22 109
TRAMADOL HCL 223 136 23 30
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 205 166 24 12
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 201 163 25 116
CITALOPRAM HBR 200 171 26 35
NAMENDA 198 188 27 41
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 191 171 28 10
MEGESTROL ACETATE 180 152 R 29 104
RISPERIDONE 179 126 30 93
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 179 164 30 55
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 171 138 32 67
JANUVIA 161 130 33 38
FAMOTIDINE 158 97 34 33
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 153 112 35 185
IBUPROFEN 141 112 36 42
CLOPIDOGREL 140 125 37 36
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 137 125 38 14
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 136 101 39 134
TRAZODONE HCL 134 125 40 60
PREDNISONE 134 108 40 57
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 132 113 42 113
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 131 87 43 129
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 124 93 44 101
AMOXICILLIN 124 85 44 107
LANTUS 122 87 46 50
AZITHROMYCIN 120 87 47 44
MIRTAZAPINE 113 97 48 70
GLIPIZIDE 111 87 49 23
CLONIDINE HCL 111 103 49 56
PLAVIX 110 95 51 49
NOVOLOG 105 78 52 144
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 105 95 52 66
NEXIUM 102 94 54 40
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 101 88 55 75
OLANZAPINE 99 82 56 140
GLIMEPIRIDE 94 80 57 47
DIGOXIN 93 87 58 59
GEMFIBROZIL 91 68 59 96
ALLOPURINOL 91 87 59 31
RANITIDINE HCL 89 88 61 51
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 88 76 62 24
HYDROXYZINE HCL 86 69 R 63 161
DEXILANT 84 75 64 102
NIFEDIPINE ER 83 83 65 82
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 83 70 S3 65 80
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 82 68 67 86
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 80 73 68 9
SEROQUEL 79 72 69 208
ACTOS 77 55 70 71
BUSPIRONE HCL 76 75 71 207
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 75 44 72 120
LACTULOSE 74 44 73 125
ADVAIR DISKUS 74 68 73 45
PROAIR HFA 73 60 75 32
HYDRALAZINE HCL 68 49 76 77
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 66 62 77 20
SPIRIVA 65 62 78 65
CYMBALTA 64 54 79 78
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 64 38 79 26
CEPHALEXIN 64 44 79 111
GLYBURIDE 59 48 R 82 58
PROPRANOLOL HCL 59 48 82 151
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 59 57 82 172
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 58 35 85 214
ABILIFY 58 37 85 204
LEVETIRACETAM 57 31 87 119
DETROL LA 55 43 88 260
SINGULAIR 55 55 88 76
SUCRALFATE 54 41 90 256
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 54 40 90 175
PHENYTOIN 53 53 92 355
VENTOLIN HFA 52 23 93 146
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 52 50 93 112
PENTOXIFYLLINE 52 52 93 403
PAROXETINE HCL 51 51 96 72
FLUOCINONIDE 50 28 97 130
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.