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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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29,204Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 48 out of 6645

$2.64M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 48 out of 6645

877 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 877 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 28,573 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

49% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$90 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,485 1,444 1 2
DIOVAN 1,215 1,215 2 19
PLAVIX 1,165 1,151 10 3 49
SIMVASTATIN 845 822 4 1
AMOXICILLIN 723 702 10 5 107
CELEBREX 699 690 6 54
TAMSULOSIN HCL 604 598 7 22
BENICAR 591 579 8 84
NEXIUM 585 584 9 40
LOVAZA 576 576 10 68
ATENOLOL 562 546 11 8
CRESTOR 527 510 12 34
GEMFIBROZIL 476 460 10 13 96
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 465 456 14 24
OMEPRAZOLE 453 436 15 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 453 441 15 12
LIDODERM 449 439 17 53
AZITHROMYCIN 439 430 18 44
CLOPIDOGREL 419 407 19 36
ACTONEL 413 409 20 92
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 364 354 21 10
SINGULAIR 341 339 22 76
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 338 334 23 4
MELOXICAM 322 318 24 46
EVISTA 319 319 25 90
METFORMIN HCL 317 299 26 7
LABETALOL HCL 299 283 27 226
GABAPENTIN 290 282 28 18
JANUVIA 283 283 29 38
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 268 265 30 66
DIOVAN HCT 263 237 31 64
TERAZOSIN HCL 255 252 32 48
PATANOL 246 245 33 131
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 238 230 34 14
GLIMEPIRIDE 235 227 35 47
PREDNISONE 233 230 36 57
PRANDIN 233 227 36 240
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 221 220 38 17
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 216 208 39 67
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 211 209 40 55
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 207 206 41 112
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 206 203 42 228
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 203 201 R 43 95
PROAIR HFA 197 192 44 32
DONEPEZIL HCL 192 192 45 27
DIGOXIN 190 181 46 59
ALLOPURINOL 180 172 47 31
FUROSEMIDE 179 172 48 11
LYRICA 177 177 49 127
AVODART 159 157 50 99
AZOR 158 158 51 152
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 155 149 52 215
ATELVIA 147 142 53 91
CREON 145 145 54 114
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 144 142 55 26
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 143 141 56 185
FINASTERIDE 142 142 57 73
EXFORGE 141 141 58 155
NABUMETONE 141 140 58 190
FLUOCINONIDE 138 135 60 130
SOTALOL 135 135 61 332
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 134 131 S3 62 80
LEVOFLOXACIN 128 127 63 83
CYMBALTA 125 124 64 78
NITROSTAT 125 121 64 193
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 121 117 66 62
AMIODARONE HCL 115 113 67 160
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 114 105 68 250
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 111 111 69 175
CARVEDILOL 109 109 70 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 108 101 71 28
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 102 102 72 128
LANSOPRAZOLE 101 101 73 163
VESICARE 98 98 74 148
VOLTAREN 94 94 75 108
HYDRALAZINE HCL 93 81 76 77
GLIPIZIDE 92 92 77 23
BACLOFEN 91 91 78 100
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 88 88 79 116
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 83 83 80 120
LACTULOSE 82 80 81 125
ADVAIR DISKUS 80 79 82 45
SERTRALINE HCL 79 79 83 43
MEGESTROL ACETATE 78 77 R 84 104
MICARDIS 77 77 85 232
SPIRIVA 76 74 86 65
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 75 75 87 29
EXELON 74 74 88 149
LIPITOR 74 72 88 69
KETOCONAZOLE 71 63 90 196
ACTOS 71 71 90 71
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 71 66 90 214
METHYLDOPA 70 58 R 93 606
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 70 69 93 156
CEFTRIAXONE 64 63 95 409
WARFARIN SODIUM 60 60 96 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 59 56 S3 97 5
RESTASIS 57 57 98 311
CEPHALEXIN 55 50 99 111
DESOXIMETASONE 54 53 100 477
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 51 51 101 253
NASONEX 50 49 102 126
PROCTOZONE-HC 50 50 102 243
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.