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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,812Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1048 out of 6645

$493K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1188 out of 6645

399 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
18% 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 399 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 399 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 7,423 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$56 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 393 338 1 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 374 274 S3 2 5
LISINOPRIL 330 302 3 3
SIMVASTATIN 328 258 4 1
OMEPRAZOLE 235 217 5 6
ATENOLOL 220 201 6 8
LOVASTATIN 215 192 7 15
FUROSEMIDE 210 197 8 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 186 169 9 28
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 172 159 10 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 155 155 11 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 151 111 12 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 140 107 13 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 137 134 14 10
METFORMIN HCL 137 118 14 7
TAMSULOSIN HCL 129 118 16 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 124 108 17 13
LIOTHYRONINE SODIUM 119 119 18 338
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 102 83 19 26
CLONIDINE HCL 101 91 20 56
CITALOPRAM HBR 98 77 21 35
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 84 84 22 12
ESTRADIOL 82 72 R 23 165
GLYBURIDE 81 76 R 24 58
JANUVIA 81 70 24 38
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 74 64 26 52
PROAIR HFA 73 52 27 32
CARVEDILOL 72 54 28 25
PAROXETINE HCL 71 68 29 72
GABAPENTIN 65 36 30 18
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 65 56 30 67
NAMENDA 64 64 32 41
TRAMADOL HCL 61 52 33 30
PREMARIN 60 30 R 34 169
PREDNISONE 57 36 35 57
BENAZEPRIL HCL 55 55 36 21
RANITIDINE HCL 51 35 37 51
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 12, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.