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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,845Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 715 out of 6645

$734K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 597 out of 6645

353 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
81% 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

5% of this provider’s 353 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 353 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 8,257 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% 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

31 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 508 352 1 16
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 430 336 2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 387 344 3 2
LISINOPRIL 358 293 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 310 247 5 6
SIMVASTATIN 298 227 6 1
METFORMIN HCL 224 167 7 7
DIOVAN 173 158 8 19
GABAPENTIN 170 146 9 18
LANTUS 168 132 10 50
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 161 150 11 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 161 161 11 27
TRAZODONE HCL 158 117 13 60
RISPERIDONE 156 84 14 93
FUROSEMIDE 153 149 15 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 144 86 S3 16 5
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 142 114 17 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 127 126 18 12
ATENOLOL 119 99 19 8
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 118 30 R 20 188
MIRTAZAPINE 112 103 21 70
HYDRALAZINE HCL 110 110 22 77
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 107 107 23 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 107 84 23 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 107 64 23 9
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 103 51 26 273
ABILIFY 103 47 26 204
NAMENDA 103 95 26 41
HUMALOG 100 82 29 137
CARVEDILOL 100 80 29 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 98 76 31 24
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 97 62 32 101
SEROQUEL 96 50 33 208
LEVETIRACETAM 93 72 34 119
ALLOPURINOL 93 86 34 31
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 82 54 36 75
IBUPROFEN 78 45 37 42
FAMOTIDINE 78 75 37 33
NOVOLOG 76 69 39 144
GENERLAC 75 24 40 310
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 71 59 41 17
LOVASTATIN 68 68 42 15
OLANZAPINE 67 47 43 140
SERTRALINE HCL 67 38 43 43
DIGOXIN 64 62 45 59
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 63 35 46 113
VALPROIC ACID 63 41 46 285
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 62 51 48 121
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 61 48 49 14
CHOLESTYRAMINE 61 32 49 506
HALOPERIDOL 56 21 51 303
CITALOPRAM HBR 54 34 52 35
GLIPIZIDE 53 49 53 23
CLONIDINE HCL 52 49 54 56
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.