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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,286Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 686 out of 6969

$302K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1571 out of 6969

408 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%Patients 65 Years and Older
25% 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

7% of this provider’s 408 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 8,148 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$36 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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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 720 707 1 4
LOVASTATIN 577 569 2 15
ATENOLOL 409 409 3 9
OMEPRAZOLE 330 325 4 6
NIFEDIPINE ER 298 296 5 95
FUROSEMIDE 292 277 6 10
SIMVASTATIN 279 272 7 1
NIFEDIAC CC 228 227 10 8 248
DONEPEZIL HCL 218 218 9 32
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 205 205 10 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 201 201 11 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 151 146 12 5
ALLOPURINOL 148 148 13 35
GLIPIZIDE 130 125 14 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 127 120 15 30
GLYBURIDE 126 122 R 16 54
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 114 113 17 55
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 108 100 18 56
PREDNISONE 105 105 19 70
METFORMIN HCL 102 99 20 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 99 99 21 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 98 91 22 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 89 89 23 23
GABAPENTIN 88 88 24 17
BENAZEPRIL HCL 88 86 24 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 86 86 26 20
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 84 84 S3 27 73
ADVAIR DISKUS 84 84 27 45
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 83 29 8
FLUOXETINE HCL 82 79 30 43
IBUPROFEN 74 70 31 29
PROAIR HFA 71 69 32 33
DIGOXIN 65 65 33 71
LISINOPRIL 64 64 34 2
TERAZOSIN HCL 60 60 35 49
NAMENDA 55 55 36 51
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 51 51 37 119
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.