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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012


Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,122Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 1749

$1.32M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 27 out of 1749

724 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%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


Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 724 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 0%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 10,770 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

45% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$109 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $143 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.

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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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A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.


A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.


An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.


A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.


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
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in California
DONEPEZIL HCL 1,333 1,321 1 30
NAMENDA 1,281 1,274 2 31
SERTRALINE HCL 933 824 3 7
OLANZAPINE 801 763 5 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 570 533 7 10
CYMBALTA 508 400 8 12
RISPERIDONE 475 373 9 1
EXELON 410 404 10 51
ABILIFY 354 246 11 5
LEXAPRO 331 322 12 38
PAROXETINE HCL 330 297 13 19
BUPROPION HCL SR 274 180 14 22
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 195 154 16 17
SEROQUEL 167 153 17 24
TRAZODONE HCL 160 141 18 2
TOPIRAMATE 156 117 19 29
SEROQUEL XR 143 129 20 25
ZYPREXA 134 116 21 86
FLUOXETINE HCL 126 110 22 8
MIRTAZAPINE 112 106 23 16
BUPROPION XL 85 57 24 18
PRIMIDONE 80 68 25 137
LUNESTA 78 64 26 68
LAMOTRIGINE 65 29 27 14
DOXEPIN HCL 61 61 28 64
CLOZAPINE 50 0 30 11
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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  • 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 2, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.