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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,645Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 142 out of 6645

$2.68M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 47 out of 6645

862 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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

8% of this provider’s 862 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 19,621 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

37% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$130 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 1,629 1,565 10 1 10
METFORMIN HCL 805 750 2 7
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 692 679 3 14
LIDODERM 636 609 4 53
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 584 564 5 13
ATELVIA 556 548 6 91
SIMVASTATIN 548 531 7 1
LIPITOR 504 489 10 8 69
OMEPRAZOLE 482 471 9 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 458 451 10 2
CEFDINIR 429 405 10 11 376
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 368 360 12 62
RANITIDINE HCL 358 328 13 51
ATENOLOL 330 328 14 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 305 299 15 12
CREON 301 292 16 114
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 285 258 17 177
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 282 282 18 66
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 253 252 19 17
NEXIUM 248 247 20 40
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 247 232 21 55
ACTONEL 247 246 21 92
ZENPEP 239 236 23 210
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 227 207 24 4
NIFEDIPINE ER 218 212 25 82
DONEPEZIL HCL 216 210 26 27
FINASTERIDE 207 207 27 73
TAMSULOSIN HCL 196 196 28 22
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 193 155 S3 29 5
CELEBREX 185 174 30 54
TERAZOSIN HCL 181 175 31 48
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 170 154 32 9
ACTOS 164 153 33 71
DIOVAN HCT 163 163 34 64
BENICAR 161 159 35 84
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 160 140 36 67
GLIPIZIDE 160 135 36 23
AZITHROMYCIN 160 151 36 44
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 152 148 39 109
LANSOPRAZOLE 151 136 40 163
MEGESTROL ACETATE 145 141 R 41 104
BENICAR HCT 143 132 42 158
MOMETASONE FUROATE 142 140 43 292
FLECTOR 142 139 43 230
DIOVAN 132 132 45 19
ACARBOSE 125 110 46 211
GABAPENTIN 120 116 47 18
AMOXICILLIN 120 115 47 107
MELOXICAM 119 115 49 46
LISINOPRIL 113 113 50 3
VOLTAREN 111 111 51 108
DEXILANT 110 106 52 102
SPIRONOLACTONE 98 94 53 85
ONGLYZA 97 97 54 168
CARVEDILOL 96 95 55 25
IBUPROFEN 93 77 56 42
WARFARIN SODIUM 91 82 57 16
NAPROXEN 90 82 58 88
BONIVA 89 84 59 191
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 88 83 60 147
CRESTOR 87 86 61 34
PAROXETINE HCL 85 84 62 72
NAMENDA 83 83 63 41
AVODART 80 79 64 99
NITROSTAT 78 76 65 193
CEPHALEXIN 75 70 66 111
PLAVIX 70 66 67 49
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 70 60 R 67 184
GLIMEPIRIDE 69 69 69 47
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 67 67 70 81
METRONIDAZOLE 67 63 70 329
LOVAZA 64 57 72 68
PROCTOZONE-HC 63 62 73 243
PROCTOSOL-HC 61 61 74 517
NIFEDIAC CC 60 60 75 231
NIFEDICAL XL 55 55 76 295
NASONEX 54 51 77 126
SINGULAIR 52 44 78 76
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 51 48 79 29
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 51 48 79 20
TOBRAMYCIN-DEXAMETHASONE 51 49 79 458
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50 45 82 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 50 50 82 24
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.