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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,219Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 448

$1.21M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 448

587 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 21,930 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

35% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 45%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $111 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


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
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 1,672 1,630 1 17
DIOVAN 1,285 1,238 10 2 23
SIMVASTATIN 1,143 1,057 3 4
METFORMIN HCL 1,019 959 4 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 989 957 5 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 965 931 6 12
MELOXICAM 792 747 7 65
GLIMEPIRIDE 749 690 8 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 675 648 9 13
CELEBREX 607 597 10 69
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 482 465 10 11 156
GEMFIBROZIL 410 359 10 12 149
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 394 369 13 1
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 375 346 14 109
JANUVIA 355 318 15 6
ATENOLOL 345 329 16 29
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 318 302 17 167
GLIPIZIDE 293 286 18 15
OMEPRAZOLE 284 255 19 21
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 254 239 20 179
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 246 226 21 88
BENAZEPRIL HCL 233 178 22 38
SINGULAIR 232 214 23 99
NEXIUM 228 223 24 63
PROAIR HFA 222 210 25 121
TAMSULOSIN HCL 221 197 26 46
HYDROXYZINE HCL 220 207 R 27 201
GABAPENTIN 218 214 28 30
TERAZOSIN HCL 212 212 29 172
TRICOR 209 194 30 106
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 205 195 31 62
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 203 181 R 32 157
COMBIVENT 197 154 33 193
LANSOPRAZOLE 181 181 34 143
CLONIDINE HCL 162 150 35 72
LIPITOR 158 152 36 56
AMOXICILLIN 152 143 37 165
LORATADINE 149 129 38 226
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 141 141 39 39
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 136 122 40 187
CRESTOR 135 135 41 22
NASONEX 128 123 42 125
VIAGRA 128 126 42 198
MICARDIS 122 122 44 241
CIMETIDINE 120 118 45 242
FLUOCINONIDE 115 108 46 138
ZOSTAVAX 114 101 47 243
METHIMAZOLE 114 114 47 24
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 112 102 49 245
NIFEDIPINE ER 106 106 50 130
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 103 91 51 223
SURE COMFORT 101 99 52 78
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 100 93 53 27
PROMETHAZINE HCL 99 94 R 54 250
ADACEL 99 88 54 250
PROPRANOLOL HCL 98 96 56 170
DONEPEZIL HCL 94 93 57 68
DETROL LA 92 92 58 253
VOLTAREN 88 82 59 113
ALLOPURINOL 87 87 60 48
NIFEDIAC CC 87 84 60 258
QVAR 85 81 62 260
PROCTOSOL-HC 82 76 63 264
ACTONEL 80 80 64 84
AVODART 80 80 64 124
DIOVAN HCT 79 79 66 61
GLYBURIDE 77 77 R 67 42
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 74 65 68 97
DICYCLOMINE HCL 72 71 69 231
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 69 69 70 130
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 68 64 71 275
LIDODERM 67 67 72 100
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 67 65 72 73
NAPROXEN 66 58 74 133
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 65 60 75 231
TRAZODONE HCL 62 60 76 145
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 59 59 77 108
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 57 53 78 219
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 56 56 79 197
LOVAZA 56 56 79 43
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 56 50 79 216
HYDROCORTISONE 54 49 82 91
LISINOPRIL 53 50 83 14
INDOMETHACIN 51 49 R 84 293
PROCTOZONE-HC 50 39 85 210
MECLIZINE HCL 50 49 85 137
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 50 50 85 31
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. 7, 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.