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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,927Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 342 out of 6645

$913K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 393 out of 6645

292 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
50%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% 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

20% of this provider’s 292 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

65% of this provider’s 292 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 7,740 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

51 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,732 710 S3 1 5
OMEPRAZOLE 577 308 2 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 407 160 3 17
GABAPENTIN 311 185 4 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 273 198 5 2
METFORMIN HCL 272 127 6 7
FUROSEMIDE 271 159 7 11
SIMVASTATIN 264 129 8 1
LISINOPRIL 255 142 9 3
FENOFIBRATE 240 96 10 74
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 231 170 11 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 230 158 12 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 218 113 13 9
IBUPROFEN 215 70 14 42
PROAIR HFA 213 121 15 32
CARISOPRODOL 212 33 R 16 94
ALLOPURINOL 200 127 17 31
RANITIDINE HCL 198 116 18 51
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 186 119 19 10
OXYCODONE HCL 154 16 S2 20 162
NEXIUM 153 88 21 40
KLOR-CON 8 148 76 22 123
CRESTOR 141 79 23 34
TRAMADOL HCL 139 83 24 30
MELOXICAM 139 84 24 46
ACTOS 126 75 26 71
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 121 91 27 13
SPIRIVA 119 74 28 65
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 115 41 29 26
LIPITOR 112 72 30 69
ADVAIR DISKUS 112 32 30 45
TAMSULOSIN HCL 111 76 32 22
CARVEDILOL 109 64 33 25
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 109 77 33 253
CYMBALTA 105 68 35 78
BACLOFEN 101 74 36 100
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 101 88 36 12
ZETIA 94 67 38 87
PREDNISONE 90 59 39 57
FLUOXETINE HCL 89 62 40 63
SINGULAIR 88 68 41 76
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 87 48 42 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 86 52 43 29
LOVAZA 83 27 44 68
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 81 28 S3 45 80
DIOVAN HCT 81 47 45 64
RISPERIDONE 79 34 47 93
WARFARIN SODIUM 77 34 48 16
GLIMEPIRIDE 76 40 49 47
LANTUS 70 43 50 50
JANUVIA 70 36 50 38
SERTRALINE HCL 70 15 50 43
VESICARE 69 39 53 148
VENTOLIN HFA 67 27 54 146
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 65 24 S2 55 213
AVODART 65 37 55 99
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 64 42 57 128
TRAZODONE HCL 62 35 58 60
FAMOTIDINE 62 30 58 33
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 62 61 58 75
RAMIPRIL 62 35 58 118
FENTANYL 62 32 S2 58 141
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 61 46 63 347
PROMETHAZINE HCL 60 22 R 64 219
ATENOLOL 58 20 65 8
COMBIVENT 56 21 66 174
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 55 30 67 81
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 55 16 67 222
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 54 0 S2 69 235
NIFEDIPINE ER 53 45 70 82
XOPENEX HFA 53 21 70 345
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 53 30 70 28
LYRICA 53 25 70 127
CELEBREX 52 31 74 54
TERAZOSIN HCL 52 46 74 48
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 5, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.