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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,865Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 110 out of 6969

$680K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 308 out of 6969

1,072 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
43% 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

14% of this provider’s 1,072 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 14,835 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$40 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,082 945 1 1
METFORMIN HCL 1,047 891 2 7
OMEPRAZOLE 858 745 3 6
LISINOPRIL 730 696 4 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 645 567 5 4
BENAZEPRIL HCL 640 577 6 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 575 520 7 8
ATENOLOL 472 411 8 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 430 361 9 5
IBUPROFEN 400 342 10 29
FUROSEMIDE 321 289 11 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 282 274 12 13
LOVASTATIN 220 195 13 15
GABAPENTIN 220 200 13 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 216 211 15 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 215 193 16 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 209 170 S3 17 3
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 206 188 S3 18 73
GLIPIZIDE 203 193 19 21
GLIMEPIRIDE 188 163 20 44
ALPRAZOLAM 185 147 21 172
DIOVAN 172 154 22 26
GLYBURIDE 172 144 R 22 54
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 160 140 24 16
CARVEDILOL 156 140 25 25
LANTUS 156 143 25 50
TAMSULOSIN HCL 150 142 27 23
CLOPIDOGREL 149 130 28 48
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 148 129 29 132
INSULIN SYRINGE 143 124 30 60
PLAVIX 136 125 31 68
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 127 102 32 11
FELODIPINE ER 126 126 33 116
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 126 114 33 30
GEMFIBROZIL 123 92 35 85
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 103 87 36 55
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 102 78 37 31
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 99 95 38 81
PAROXETINE HCL 98 93 39 65
RANITIDINE HCL 97 78 40 46
KLOR-CON 10 96 79 41 160
PROAIR HFA 95 87 42 33
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 94 74 43 24
TRAMADOL HCL 91 71 44 27
LIPITOR 90 82 45 89
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 89 89 46 74
WARFARIN SODIUM 87 71 47 20
AZITHROMYCIN 86 71 48 42
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 84 80 49 64
LORAZEPAM 83 75 50 186
TERAZOSIN HCL 83 77 50 49
MECLIZINE HCL 74 71 52 100
ACTOS 72 67 53 61
ALLOPURINOL 71 66 54 35
DIOVAN HCT 71 70 54 57
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 70 44 56 154
DONEPEZIL HCL 68 63 57 32
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 63 57 53
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 61 59 28
VYTORIN 64 59 60 148
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 63 57 61 278
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 61 56 62 19
PIROXICAM 59 59 63 323
DIGOXIN 59 57 63 71
NAMENDA 59 59 63 51
SERTRALINE HCL 58 55 66 38
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 57 52 67 58
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 57 56 67 126
JANUVIA 51 49 69 41
NAPROXEN 51 31 69 62
MELOXICAM 51 50 69 36
PEN NEEDLE 50 34 72 196
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 Aug. 6, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.