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Prescriber Checkup

LUCIA KIM MD, MPH

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,044Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 73 out of 232

$202 Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 224 out of 232

169 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
100% 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

31% of this provider’s 169 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 6,572 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

13% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$0 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

42 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 23.


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 319 299 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 279 263 S3 2 5
CALCIUM WITH VITAMIN D 187 179 3 46
SIMVASTATIN 184 182 4 1
ASPIR-LOW 182 162 5 208
OMEPRAZOLE 171 167 6 4
MIRTAZAPINE 167 167 7 28
GLIPIZIDE 156 148 8 29
VITAMIN B-12 143 131 9 126
TAMSULOSIN HCL 141 133 10 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 137 137 11 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 135 135 12 3
LISINOPRIL 128 118 13 6
CARVEDILOL 116 82 14 21
FUROSEMIDE 112 98 15 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 109 104 16 15
TAB-A-VITE 108 86 17 253
VITAMIN D 100 100 18 103
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 98 93 19 16
GABAPENTIN 97 94 20 12
LACTULOSE 96 96 21 90
DOK 96 96 21 70
ADVAIR DISKUS 91 89 23 44
MAPAP 87 81 24 78
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 85 71 25 32
WARFARIN SODIUM 84 84 26 8
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 82 79 27 99
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 81 76 28 14
FAMOTIDINE 79 79 29 30
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 79 79 S3 29 81
SENNA 76 71 31 183
CITALOPRAM HBR 72 67 32 24
RANITIDINE HCL 70 70 33 61
VITAMIN B-1 68 44 10 34 274
TRAZODONE HCL 66 53 35 38
LORAZEPAM 65 65 36 114
VENTOLIN HFA 64 63 37 154
MELATONIN 64 54 37 363
RISPERIDONE 61 61 39 42
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 58 49 40 64
FOLIC ACID 57 51 41 200
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 51 39 42 23
DETROL LA 50 36 43 225
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 Sept. 14, 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.