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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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47,048Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 6645

$3.22M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 23 out of 6645

1,185 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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

2% of this provider’s 1,185 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 1,185 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 43,729 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

39% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,904 1,704 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,223 1,164 2 2
METFORMIN HCL 1,191 1,115 3 7
OMEPRAZOLE 1,078 977 4 6
FUROSEMIDE 1,039 1,019 5 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 928 861 6 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 878 801 7 4
NEXIUM 834 762 8 40
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 830 770 9 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 787 727 10 24
LISINOPRIL 786 702 11 3
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 696 680 12 14
ATENOLOL 657 611 13 8
DIOVAN HCT 601 591 14 64
CRESTOR 598 560 15 34
DIOVAN 579 538 16 19
IBUPROFEN 567 501 17 42
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 543 450 S3 18 5
ADVAIR DISKUS 539 515 19 45
CLOPIDOGREL 535 503 20 36
TRAMADOL HCL 530 528 21 30
TAMSULOSIN HCL 520 510 22 22
CARVEDILOL 483 442 23 25
FENOFIBRATE 477 430 24 74
PLAVIX 470 444 25 49
JANUVIA 449 414 26 38
VOLTAREN 436 428 27 108
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 431 390 28 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 405 393 29 29
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 401 391 30 97
GLIMEPIRIDE 388 375 31 47
LOVAZA 384 342 32 68
WARFARIN SODIUM 365 361 33 16
GABAPENTIN 359 318 34 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 336 318 35 28
AZITHROMYCIN 328 295 36 44
KLOR-CON 8 327 319 37 123
LIDODERM 325 319 38 53
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 325 314 38 12
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 323 301 40 62
DONEPEZIL HCL 320 320 41 27
MECLIZINE HCL 312 297 42 122
AVODART 312 302 42 99
NIFEDIPINE ER 304 293 44 82
CELEBREX 301 286 45 54
ALLOPURINOL 298 295 46 31
MELOXICAM 287 264 47 46
PAROXETINE HCL 286 246 48 72
BENAZEPRIL HCL 284 256 49 21
TRICOR 270 242 50 138
SERTRALINE HCL 268 244 51 43
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 268 262 51 109
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 266 253 R 53 95
SPIRONOLACTONE 265 253 54 85
TRILIPIX 265 260 54 178
ACTOS 264 256 56 71
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 264 246 56 55
SINGULAIR 261 241 58 76
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 260 210 59 86
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 255 243 60 67
CLONIDINE HCL 242 226 61 56
DEXILANT 236 227 62 102
NAMENDA 235 224 63 41
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 235 225 63 9
GLYBURIDE 219 188 R 65 58
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 216 204 66 20
LIPITOR 209 180 67 69
FAMOTIDINE 207 203 68 33
METFORMIN HCL ER 206 191 69 89
PREDNISONE 204 179 70 57
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 177 174 71 177
LANTUS 177 164 71 50
DIGOXIN 171 169 73 59
FINASTERIDE 166 152 74 73
MEGESTROL ACETATE 164 164 R 75 104
HYDRALAZINE HCL 161 158 76 77
JANUMET 159 120 77 132
PROAIR HFA 159 153 77 32
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 151 148 79 37
ACIPHEX 147 132 80 167
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 141 117 81 222
COREG CR 139 137 82 242
SPIRIVA 138 133 83 65
VESICARE 136 133 84 148
ZETIA 135 125 85 87
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 134 121 86 128
FLUOXETINE HCL 134 132 86 63
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 133 117 88 120
NIASPAN 133 115 88 164
CYMBALTA 127 104 90 78
NAPROXEN 125 100 91 88
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 125 111 91 75
HYDROXYZINE HCL 122 115 R 93 161
AMIODARONE HCL 120 115 94 160
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 120 118 94 52
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 118 110 96 66
BENICAR 117 116 97 84
BACLOFEN 117 107 97 100
INSULIN SYRINGE 117 114 97 61
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 115 105 100 289
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 112 101 S3 101 80
NASONEX 110 93 102 126
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 110 103 102 26
LEVOFLOXACIN 109 96 104 83
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 106 101 R 105 184
AGGRENOX 104 93 106 282
ACTONEL 104 102 106 92
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 98 98 108 129
RAMIPRIL 97 96 109 118
TRAZODONE HCL 93 89 110 60
ONGLYZA 93 88 110 168
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 90 80 112 214
PROPRANOLOL HCL 90 84 112 151
FLUOCINONIDE 90 90 112 130
RANITIDINE HCL 90 76 112 51
ACTOPLUS MET 88 79 116 275
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 88 79 116 306
MIRTAZAPINE 88 88 116 70
TERAZOSIN HCL 88 87 116 48
PREMARIN 88 87 R 116 169
EXELON 87 87 121 149
LANSOPRAZOLE 86 85 122 163
SYNTHROID 85 85 123 79
VYTORIN 85 84 123 170
BYSTOLIC 85 84 123 110
LYRICA 85 66 123 127
PATANOL 84 83 127 131
EXFORGE 84 72 127 155
VERAPAMIL ER 83 80 129 154
GEMFIBROZIL 83 71 129 96
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 83 77 129 233
RISPERIDONE 82 69 132 93
PROCTOZONE-HC 81 80 133 243
LEXAPRO 81 68 133 218
NITROSTAT 79 73 135 193
ALCOHOL PREP PADS 79 79 135 330
CITALOPRAM HBR 78 70 137 35
BENICAR HCT 77 76 138 158
TORSEMIDE 76 75 139 318
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 76 72 139 101
AZOR 76 75 139 152
AMOXICILLIN 74 65 142 107
ROPINIROLE HCL 74 74 142 166
BONIVA 74 74 142 191
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 73 56 145 179
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 71 71 146 139
LEVOXYL 69 69 147 136
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 68 68 148 147
ALCOHOL PREP SWABS 64 61 10 149 690
DETROL LA 63 54 150 260
GLIPIZIDE 62 61 151 23
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 59 151 314
CEPHALEXIN 62 49 151 111
VENTOLIN HFA 62 57 151 146
EVISTA 61 61 155 90
OLANZAPINE 61 51 155 140
QUINAPRIL HCL 60 60 157 270
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 59 59 158 81
CLOTRIMAZOLE 59 59 158 312
ALCOHOL SWABS 57 57 160 319
CILOSTAZOL 57 57 160 202
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 57 57 160 287
LOVASTATIN 57 44 160 15
FLUOCINOLONE ACETONIDE 56 56 164 712
FLECTOR 54 46 165 230
PEN NEEDLE 54 44 165 159
LABETALOL HCL 53 48 167 226
SEROQUEL 51 51 168 208
BUSPIRONE HCL 51 49 168 207
METHOTREXATE 50 44 170 217
ATELVIA 50 50 170 91
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 May 13, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.