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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,670Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 104 out of 6645

$3.02M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 35 out of 6645

943 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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

10% of this provider’s 943 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 22,262 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

45% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$133 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
DIOVAN 969 949 1 19
LOVASTATIN 798 790 2 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 731 722 3 2
CARVEDILOL 716 702 4 25
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 678 671 5 17
OMEPRAZOLE 542 530 6 6
DIOVAN HCT 531 530 7 64
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 500 490 8 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 487 479 9 12
METFORMIN HCL 458 440 10 7
SIMVASTATIN 392 391 11 1
FLUOCINONIDE 330 319 12 130
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 327 321 13 14
SYMBICORT 319 310 14 153
PATADAY 317 301 15 183
CELEBREX 313 304 16 54
CLOPIDOGREL 313 306 16 36
CRESTOR 302 299 18 34
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 289 289 19 24
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 265 265 20 62
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 256 256 21 262
FUROSEMIDE 246 246 22 11
PLAVIX 245 239 23 49
COREG CR 237 237 24 242
TAMSULOSIN HCL 236 236 25 22
PREDNISONE 236 230 25 57
NASONEX 215 214 27 126
FORTEO 213 210 28 280
SPIRIVA 210 207 29 65
ADVAIR DISKUS 210 208 29 45
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 191 191 31 4
DEXILANT 186 183 32 102
BENICAR 184 171 33 84
LIDODERM 182 181 34 53
LOVAZA 177 175 35 68
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 172 164 36 200
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 168 165 S3 37 5
LIPITOR 163 153 38 69
CREON 155 154 39 114
ALLOPURINOL 155 155 39 31
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 154 149 41 55
NIASPAN 153 147 42 164
ACTOPLUS MET 153 153 42 275
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 150 149 44 109
EXFORGE 148 148 45 155
BENICAR HCT 137 137 46 158
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 136 133 47 237
DONEPEZIL HCL 133 133 48 27
ACTOS 132 132 49 71
AMOXICILLIN 130 127 50 107
SERTRALINE HCL 130 129 50 43
AVODART 127 127 52 99
NAMENDA 123 123 53 41
COLCRYS 117 117 54 192
NIFEDICAL XL 117 117 54 295
JANUVIA 116 116 56 38
NEXIUM 115 112 57 40
CLONIDINE HCL 113 112 58 56
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 112 59 9
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 111 111 60 29
PRADAXA 105 102 61 247
BARACLUDE 105 99 61 432
CYMBALTA 104 100 63 78
PEN NEEDLE 102 102 64 159
AZITHROMYCIN 101 99 65 44
NIFEDIPINE ER 99 99 66 82
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 99 97 66 228
BACLOFEN 96 96 68 100
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 94 90 69 67
ATENOLOL 94 85 69 8
HYDRALAZINE HCL 94 81 69 77
LISINOPRIL 94 94 69 3
TERAZOSIN HCL 89 89 73 48
FINASTERIDE 89 89 73 73
GABAPENTIN 83 82 75 18
ATELVIA 81 81 76 91
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 79 79 77 215
FENOFIBRATE 79 76 77 74
CEPHALEXIN 75 73 79 111
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 75 79 314
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 74 73 81 28
VOLTAREN 73 73 82 108
SEROQUEL XR 72 68 83 343
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 71 71 84 116
GLYBURIDE 70 70 R 85 58
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 69 59 S3 86 80
HYDROXYZINE HCL 68 68 R 87 161
EVISTA 65 65 88 90
RANITIDINE HCL 65 64 88 51
TRILIPIX 64 62 90 178
RAPAFLO 63 63 91 246
WARFARIN SODIUM 61 61 92 16
AGGRENOX 60 60 93 282
EFFIENT 60 59 93 261
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 59 59 R 95 184
TRICOR 59 59 95 138
MECLIZINE HCL 58 58 97 122
KETOCONAZOLE 57 57 98 196
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 56 56 99 13
NAPROXEN 54 54 100 88
CLONIDINE 53 53 101 308
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 Aug. 31, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.