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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,836Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1305 out of 6645

$284K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2723 out of 6645

361 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
23% 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

13% of this provider’s 361 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 7,022 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

$36 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
LISINOPRIL 345 296 1 3
OMEPRAZOLE 337 307 2 6
LOVASTATIN 318 292 3 15
FUROSEMIDE 298 255 4 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 284 267 5 4
ATENOLOL 263 242 6 8
METFORMIN HCL 247 230 7 7
CARVEDILOL 227 221 8 25
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 214 200 9 2
SIMVASTATIN 191 186 10 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 177 169 11 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 161 116 S3 12 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 158 158 13 9
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 124 114 14 81
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 98 80 15 28
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 98 96 15 13
GLYBURIDE 97 85 R 17 58
RANITIDINE HCL 94 72 18 51
CLONIDINE HCL 92 89 19 56
ALLOPURINOL 91 91 20 31
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 88 75 21 14
NIFEDIPINE ER 87 73 22 82
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 85 82 23 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 81 81 24 27
CLOPIDOGREL 78 78 25 36
TAMSULOSIN HCL 77 69 26 22
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 73 66 27 29
JANUVIA 70 70 28 38
NIFEDIAC CC 68 59 29 231
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 67 67 30 10
BENAZEPRIL HCL 65 59 31 21
DIOVAN 59 59 32 19
KLOR-CON 10 56 56 33 145
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 56 44 33 17
SERTRALINE HCL 55 54 35 43
FINASTERIDE 55 55 35 73
PROAIR HFA 55 54 35 32
GLIPIZIDE 54 54 38 23
NABUMETONE 50 46 39 190
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 Jan. 16, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.