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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,664Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 232 out of 6969

$832K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 198 out of 6969

277 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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

8% of this provider’s 277 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 277 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 12,085 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

46 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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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 466 458 1 1
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 417 407 2 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 350 330 3 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 309 292 4 11
OMEPRAZOLE 284 272 5 6
CLOPIDOGREL 253 253 6 48
FUROSEMIDE 247 238 7 10
ATENOLOL 244 231 8 9
LISINOPRIL 234 201 9 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 215 212 10 5
LABETALOL HCL 208 207 11 300
METFORMIN HCL 202 180 12 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 196 187 13 12
CRESTOR 189 189 14 39
PLAVIX 189 189 14 68
GABAPENTIN 187 170 16 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 182 182 17 30
TRAMADOL HCL 177 160 18 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 165 149 19 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 160 160 20 32
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 159 156 21 13
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 156 150 22 53
CARVEDILOL 154 148 23 25
NAMENDA 154 154 23 51
CREON 153 153 25 147
IBUPROFEN 148 144 26 29
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 145 132 27 14
ALLOPURINOL 137 127 28 35
GLYBURIDE 135 119 R 29 54
CLONIDINE HCL 135 129 29 59
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 130 129 31 31
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 127 112 S3 32 3
NEXIUM 122 119 33 52
FAMOTIDINE 110 109 34 37
AVODART 105 105 35 108
WARFARIN SODIUM 103 103 36 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 100 37 8
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 91 91 38 101
GLIPIZIDE 89 84 39 21
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 88 88 40 93
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 84 83 41 81
SYNTHROID 84 81 41 94
ZETIA 82 82 43 98
PAROXETINE HCL 81 81 44 65
LIDODERM 81 81 44 75
LOVAZA 78 78 46 77
JANUVIA 73 68 47 41
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 70 56 48 24
SERTRALINE HCL 67 67 49 38
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 66 66 50 22
KLOR-CON 8 63 60 51 104
RAMIPRIL 61 61 52 112
LIPITOR 61 60 52 89
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 59 58 54 19
SOLARAZE 59 54 54 314
CITALOPRAM HBR 58 58 56 34
BENAZEPRIL HCL 58 46 56 18
NITROSTAT 56 54 58 210
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 56 54 58 126
DIGOXIN 54 54 60 71
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 53 53 61 119
BENICAR 53 53 61 107
LYRICA 52 44 63 137
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 51 41 64 74
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 Aug. 30, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.