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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,560Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 623 out of 6969

$343K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1264 out of 6969

405 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
52% 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

9% of this provider’s 405 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 7,811 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$40 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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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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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
LISINOPRIL 662 597 1 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 571 513 2 19
METFORMIN HCL 499 440 3 7
LOVASTATIN 369 361 4 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 281 258 5 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 279 266 6 8
OMEPRAZOLE 258 254 7 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 252 228 8 4
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 219 214 9 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 217 171 10 12
BENAZEPRIL HCL 181 161 11 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 169 134 12 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 159 141 13 13
ATENOLOL 152 144 14 9
ACARBOSE 151 144 15 246
GLIMEPIRIDE 149 136 16 44
SIMVASTATIN 143 143 17 1
GLIPIZIDE ER 118 116 18 199
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 97 86 19 22
GLIPIZIDE 96 79 20 21
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 95 65 S3 21 3
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 69 22 28
INSULIN SYRINGE 85 77 23 60
DIOVAN 83 83 24 26
LANTUS 80 78 25 50
TAMSULOSIN HCL 78 78 26 23
CARVEDILOL 77 65 27 25
SERTRALINE HCL 74 63 28 38
PROAIR HFA 73 60 29 33
CITALOPRAM HBR 68 59 30 34
TERAZOSIN HCL 67 67 31 49
TRAMADOL HCL 65 64 32 27
FELODIPINE ER 65 65 32 116
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 63 55 34 16
JANUVIA 62 62 35 41
RANITIDINE HCL 59 59 36 46
CLOPIDOGREL 56 56 37 48
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 55 50 38 154
DONEPEZIL HCL 52 52 39 32
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 April 25, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.