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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,453Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2330 out of 6645

$324K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2281 out of 6645

628 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
24% 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

5% of this provider’s 628 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 628 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 4,283 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 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 359 220 S3 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 200 179 2 1
LISINOPRIL 192 175 3 3
ATENOLOL 157 133 4 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 155 118 5 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 146 128 6 2
FUROSEMIDE 124 105 7 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 122 117 8 9
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 112 85 9 26
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 112 105 9 12
LEVOTHROID 111 100 11 39
LOVASTATIN 109 105 12 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 108 101 13 13
OMEPRAZOLE 104 72 14 6
GLIPIZIDE 90 76 15 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 85 67 16 10
METFORMIN HCL 85 67 16 7
GABAPENTIN 74 39 18 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 72 58 19 20
WARFARIN SODIUM 70 64 20 16
IBUPROFEN 63 45 21 42
FAMOTIDINE 63 50 21 33
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 62 11 S2 23 124
PROAIR HFA 61 31 24 32
DONEPEZIL HCL 52 51 25 27
ALLOPURINOL 50 45 26 31
HYDRALAZINE HCL 50 39 26 77
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 March 18, 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.