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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,632Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1360 out of 6645

$284K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2725 out of 6645

377 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
47%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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

19% of this provider’s 377 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 3,786 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

$37 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 562 302 1 1
LISINOPRIL 528 289 2 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 337 186 3 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 336 187 4 13
METFORMIN HCL 323 157 5 7
ATENOLOL 314 177 6 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 280 103 S3 7 5
FUROSEMIDE 254 130 8 11
OMEPRAZOLE 250 110 9 6
CARVEDILOL 231 110 10 25
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 210 115 11 4
HYDRALAZINE HCL 177 117 12 77
TRAMADOL HCL 135 50 13 30
GLIPIZIDE 115 89 14 23
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 109 54 15 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 104 92 16 12
GABAPENTIN 103 13 17 18
JANUVIA 97 74 18 38
ADVAIR DISKUS 91 48 19 45
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 88 28 20 17
NAPROXEN 81 30 21 88
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 80 11 R 22 117
LANTUS 79 17 23 50
ATROVENT HFA 77 41 24 415
IBUPROFEN 74 39 25 42
CARISOPRODOL 68 20 R 26 94
BENICAR 68 35 26 84
ZETIA 67 0 28 87
CLONIDINE HCL 67 44 28 56
VENTOLIN HFA 67 16 28 146
WARFARIN SODIUM 62 21 31 16
PROAIR HFA 58 34 32 32
HUMULIN R 55 0 33 209
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 52 38 34 10
BACLOFEN 51 0 35 100
GLYBURIDE 51 39 R 35 58
LORATADINE 50 18 37 250
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. 21, 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.