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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,677Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1077 out of 6645

$368K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1892 out of 6645

448 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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

8% of this provider’s 448 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 7,771 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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
LOVASTATIN 366 366 1 15
LISINOPRIL 346 324 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 319 279 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 314 292 4 6
ATENOLOL 287 255 5 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 285 283 6 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 259 251 7 2
METFORMIN HCL 221 183 8 7
FUROSEMIDE 181 170 9 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 171 162 10 22
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 159 147 11 37
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 139 127 12 14
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 135 135 13 81
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 134 120 S3 14 5
RANITIDINE HCL 124 104 15 51
DONEPEZIL HCL 123 123 16 27
TRAMADOL HCL 112 107 17 30
GLYBURIDE 106 81 R 18 58
WARFARIN SODIUM 104 104 19 16
HYDRALAZINE HCL 100 88 20 77
GABAPENTIN 98 80 21 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 98 98 21 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 96 86 23 10
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 92 85 24 26
FELODIPINE ER 92 92 24 105
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 89 89 26 13
CARVEDILOL 86 72 27 25
PROAIR HFA 84 74 28 32
DIGOXIN 76 55 29 59
CLOPIDOGREL 73 73 30 36
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 72 69 31 52
SERTRALINE HCL 71 67 32 43
NAMENDA 70 70 33 41
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 64 34 9
BENAZEPRIL HCL 65 58 34 21
CITALOPRAM HBR 65 63 34 35
PAROXETINE HCL 61 61 37 72
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 61 61 37 28
ACTOPLUS MET 60 52 39 275
VESICARE 60 48 39 148
CLONIDINE HCL 59 43 41 56
JANUVIA 58 46 42 38
ALLOPURINOL 57 57 43 31
FAMOTIDINE 56 46 44 33
MECLIZINE HCL 54 27 45 122
PROMETHAZINE HCL 52 43 R 46 219
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 52 48 46 12
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 Oct. 29, 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.