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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,590Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 97 out of 6645

$3.03M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 34 out of 6645

535 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%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

2% of this provider’s 535 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 535 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 20,747 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

44% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$129 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

44 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 842 754 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 745 674 2 6
SINGULAIR 532 480 3 76
PILOCARPINE HCL 520 471 10 4 450
CARVEDILOL 498 433 5 25
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 490 405 6 121
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 476 433 7 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 460 421 8 12
LIDODERM 428 388 9 53
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 378 351 10 2
METFORMIN HCL 359 305 11 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 330 304 12 9
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 326 284 13 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 285 278 14 14
AVODART 284 246 15 99
TERAZOSIN HCL 283 264 16 48
TAMSULOSIN HCL 282 249 17 22
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 278 265 18 62
JANUVIA 272 262 19 38
HYDRALAZINE HCL 270 237 20 77
RESTASIS 265 230 21 311
SPIRIVA 258 231 22 65
AZELASTINE HCL 254 229 23 341
MELOXICAM 247 229 24 46
LACTULOSE 247 213 24 125
DIOVAN 247 229 24 19
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 238 200 27 29
GABAPENTIN 233 181 28 18
CRESTOR 229 197 29 34
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 217 197 30 10
DALIRESP 214 195 10 31 408
ZETIA 211 201 32 87
FLUOCINONIDE 207 185 33 130
SYMBICORT 205 194 34 153
CELEBREX 199 188 35 54
VESICARE 192 178 36 148
PROAIR HFA 190 179 37 32
CREON 188 173 38 114
AMITIZA 182 148 39 245
DIOVAN HCT 172 134 40 64
NATEGLINIDE 171 148 41 220
LIDOCAINE 170 151 42 325
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 166 144 43 17
EVISTA 165 153 44 90
FENOFIBRATE 162 131 45 74
LANTUS 159 130 46 50
NIASPAN 153 119 47 164
WARFARIN SODIUM 149 146 48 16
NASONEX 145 133 49 126
ALLOPURINOL 145 140 49 31
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 141 114 51 120
WELCHOL 140 112 52 199
GLIMEPIRIDE 140 110 52 47
ATENOLOL 139 128 54 8
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 132 123 R 55 117
NEXIUM 130 115 56 40
LISINOPRIL 130 107 56 3
TRAMADOL HCL 129 85 58 30
AZITHROMYCIN 128 110 59 44
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 128 105 59 4
ADVAIR DISKUS 125 121 61 45
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 123 109 62 55
ONGLYZA 118 105 63 168
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 118 110 63 128
LOVAZA 115 85 65 68
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 112 100 66 67
HUMALOG 111 73 67 137
PREDNISONE 106 97 68 57
CYMBALTA 105 87 69 78
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 105 90 S3 69 5
LIPITOR 104 101 71 69
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 103 102 72 112
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 97 84 73 179
FUROSEMIDE 96 92 74 11
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 93 72 75 139
ACTOPLUS MET 90 86 76 275
DONEPEZIL HCL 90 81 76 27
COLCRYS 89 85 78 192
GEMFIBROZIL 89 84 78 96
ACTOS 88 82 80 71
CLONIDINE HCL 86 72 81 56
NIFEDIPINE ER 84 84 82 82
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 79 76 83 253
ZAFIRLUKAST 79 78 83 543
VYTORIN 78 65 85 170
PRAZOSIN HCL 77 73 86 340
COREG CR 76 69 87 242
CLONIDINE 76 66 87 308
PLAVIX 75 63 89 49
FAMOTIDINE 71 66 90 33
IBUPROFEN 70 57 91 42
HEPARIN SODIUM 68 44 92 248
NAMENDA 68 58 92 41
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 66 65 94 201
PRANDIN 64 64 95 240
COLESTIPOL HCL 63 37 96 457
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 62 58 97 13
PROMETHAZINE HCL 61 48 R 98 219
VERAPAMIL ER 61 60 98 154
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 60 60 100 214
TAMIFLU 60 48 100 334
VOLTAREN 60 43 100 108
ADVAIR HFA 59 44 103 513
VENTOLIN HFA 58 47 104 146
TRICOR 57 57 105 138
LYRICA 57 47 105 127
TRAZODONE HCL 56 56 107 60
ROPINIROLE HCL 55 51 108 166
PATADAY 55 47 108 183
TRILIPIX 54 53 110 178
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 54 50 110 66
EXELON 53 52 112 149
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 52 43 113 316
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 51 35 114 237
LEVETIRACETAM 51 50 114 119
PRADAXA 51 43 114 247
PEN NEEDLE 50 46 117 159
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.