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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,845Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 261 out of 6645

$959K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 351 out of 6645

511 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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

6% of this provider’s 511 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 511 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 9,501 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

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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
SIMVASTATIN 741 473 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 530 361 2 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 450 215 3 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 425 275 4 13
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 417 292 5 201
OMEPRAZOLE 393 153 6 6
LEVETIRACETAM 383 77 7 119
WARFARIN SODIUM 322 193 8 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 286 232 9 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 279 179 S3 10 5
GABAPENTIN 278 167 11 18
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 255 74 12 121
LISINOPRIL 216 181 13 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 215 134 14 28
LANTUS 209 97 15 50
FAMOTIDINE 205 152 16 33
RISPERIDONE 203 104 17 93
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 201 128 18 17
LAMOTRIGINE 201 0 18 284
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 188 21 20 112
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 188 69 20 120
BACLOFEN 184 53 22 100
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 166 124 23 29
NOVOLOG 165 79 24 144
NYSTATIN 164 99 25 234
CARVEDILOL 156 112 26 25
SODIUM CHLORIDE 153 43 27 216
METFORMIN HCL 153 124 27 7
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 144 114 29 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 141 43 30 10
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 137 86 S2 31 150
LEVOFLOXACIN 119 82 32 83
ATENOLOL 117 86 33 8
LACTULOSE 111 61 34 125
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 110 72 35 55
TAMSULOSIN HCL 108 82 36 22
VALPROIC ACID 108 40 36 285
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 108 49 36 156
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 107 107 39 116
AMOXICILLIN 106 36 40 107
CITALOPRAM HBR 106 67 40 35
PREDNISONE 105 81 42 57
RANITIDINE HCL 104 31 43 51
CARBAMAZEPINE 103 0 44 224
DIGOXIN 100 89 45 59
GLIPIZIDE 100 70 45 23
CEPHALEXIN 99 57 47 111
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 97 75 48 12
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 88 57 49 129
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 87 37 50 407
NAMENDA 87 87 50 41
CYMBALTA 86 65 52 78
HUMALOG 82 53 53 137
HYDRALAZINE HCL 81 54 54 77
GLYBURIDE 77 53 R 55 58
MIRTAZAPINE 77 55 55 70
ACETYLCYSTEINE 77 64 10 55 663
NOVOLIN R 77 32 55 142
NEXIUM 77 52 55 40
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 76 30 60 26
LATANOPROST 76 53 60 320
DONEPEZIL HCL 74 74 62 27
SERTRALINE HCL 73 31 63 43
HYDROCORTISONE 73 16 63 229
CLOTRIMAZOLE 71 53 65 312
ADVAIR DISKUS 71 64 65 45
OXYCODONE HCL 71 45 S2 65 162
HYDROXYZINE HCL 69 59 R 68 161
ALLOPURINOL 69 58 68 31
HEPARIN SODIUM 69 31 68 248
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 69 30 68 128
CLOPIDOGREL 67 52 72 36
AZITHROMYCIN 66 44 73 44
NYSTOP 65 28 74 348
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 64 43 75 113
DILTIAZEM HCL 62 27 76 351
INSULIN SYRINGE 61 23 77 61
JANUVIA 60 56 78 38
PLAVIX 60 57 78 49
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 60 60 S2 78 213
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 60 43 78 233
PRIMIDONE 59 0 82 372
AMIODARONE HCL 57 42 83 160
TOPIRAMATE 57 12 83 255
SINGULAIR 57 16 83 76
TRAVATAN Z 56 39 86 342
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 53 87 9
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 54 33 88 86
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 52 14 R 89 188
TRAZODONE HCL 52 24 89 60
SANTYL 51 39 91 302
BUSPIRONE HCL 51 13 91 207
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 51 32 91 185
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 50 33 94 66
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 Feb. 8, 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.