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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,172Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 95 out of 6969

$781K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 223 out of 6969

675 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
56% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 675 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 675 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 15,123 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

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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 985 853 1 1
LISINOPRIL 738 671 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 691 526 3 6
METFORMIN HCL 572 522 4 7
ATENOLOL 545 483 5 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 543 464 6 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 530 345 S3 7 3
LOVASTATIN 502 440 8 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 484 408 9 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 479 393 10 5
FUROSEMIDE 409 344 11 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 366 304 12 13
BENAZEPRIL HCL 339 309 13 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 330 309 14 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 323 250 15 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 300 273 16 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 291 238 17 16
AZITHROMYCIN 260 215 18 42
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 211 173 19 53
IBUPROFEN 191 128 20 29
GLIPIZIDE 187 169 21 21
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 182 145 S3 22 73
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 165 152 23 19
JANUVIA 158 142 24 41
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 149 136 25 8
DIOVAN 138 108 26 26
CLOPIDOGREL 135 122 27 48
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 135 129 R 27 92
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 134 119 29 64
LANTUS 134 106 29 50
INSULIN SYRINGE 132 85 31 60
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 123 99 32 28
PROAIR HFA 121 82 33 33
GABAPENTIN 121 100 33 17
FENOFIBRATE 119 98 35 63
LIPITOR 114 99 36 89
GLYBURIDE 114 95 R 36 54
CLONIDINE HCL 113 108 38 59
PLAVIX 111 106 39 68
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 107 83 40 31
SERTRALINE HCL 104 56 41 38
ALLOPURINOL 104 100 41 35
FINASTERIDE 103 99 43 80
MELOXICAM 101 93 44 36
WARFARIN SODIUM 100 93 45 20
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 96 73 46 182
FLUOCINONIDE 93 82 47 134
ACTOS 89 64 48 61
PEN NEEDLE 88 52 49 196
HUMALOG 86 65 50 167
LYRICA 85 72 51 137
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 84 61 52 78
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 84 82 52 56
CRESTOR 81 63 54 39
NAPROXEN 81 69 54 62
CARVEDILOL 80 75 56 25
TRAMADOL HCL 80 40 56 27
DIGOXIN 75 72 58 71
PREDNISONE 74 69 59 70
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 72 45 60 154
TERAZOSIN HCL 72 63 60 49
SPIRIVA 68 67 62 66
AVODART 68 68 62 108
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 67 67 64 22
NIFEDIPINE ER 67 66 64 95
DONEPEZIL HCL 66 64 66 32
RANITIDINE HCL 65 61 67 46
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 65 61 67 30
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 65 47 67 58
MIRTAZAPINE 62 57 70 76
CARISOPRODOL 61 17 R 71 69
AMOXICILLIN 56 37 72 99
ADVAIR DISKUS 55 53 73 45
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 54 41 74 230
GLIMEPIRIDE 53 53 75 44
CEPHALEXIN 51 45 76 96
LEVOFLOXACIN 50 39 77 109
HYDRALAZINE HCL 50 37 77 106
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 April 30, 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.