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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,912Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 156 out of 6645

$765K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 550 out of 6645

490 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
67% 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

21% of this provider’s 490 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 17,398 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$38 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 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 1,072 922 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 1,040 911 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 871 829 3 4
METFORMIN HCL 768 694 4 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 683 657 5 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 557 467 6 13
GLIPIZIDE 507 456 7 23
BENAZEPRIL HCL 455 429 8 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 438 397 9 9
FUROSEMIDE 410 355 10 11
GABAPENTIN 402 320 11 18
NAMENDA 355 354 12 41
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 344 336 13 14
LISINOPRIL 342 275 14 3
DIOVAN 339 291 15 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 334 312 16 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 291 196 S3 17 5
ATENOLOL 283 262 18 8
FINASTERIDE 248 244 19 73
DONEPEZIL HCL 246 231 20 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 240 223 21 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 231 187 22 17
AZITHROMYCIN 225 184 23 44
HYDRALAZINE HCL 205 163 24 77
LOVASTATIN 203 191 25 15
CARVEDILOL 201 179 26 25
FENOFIBRATE 196 190 27 74
LOVAZA 191 157 28 68
FLUOXETINE HCL 179 129 29 63
KETOCONAZOLE 177 147 30 196
LEVOFLOXACIN 174 154 31 83
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 173 154 32 55
JANUVIA 172 153 33 38
WARFARIN SODIUM 171 171 34 16
GLIMEPIRIDE 143 122 35 47
RANITIDINE HCL 140 131 36 51
CLOPIDOGREL 140 122 36 36
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 134 112 38 67
TRAMADOL HCL 131 117 39 30
LANTUS 126 97 40 50
PROAIR HFA 122 104 41 32
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 120 99 42 66
NAPROXEN 113 99 43 88
DIOVAN HCT 111 111 44 64
BACLOFEN 107 67 45 100
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 101 94 46 24
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 99 82 47 29
PLAVIX 99 85 47 49
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 97 97 49 20
INSULIN SYRINGE 93 60 50 61
MECLIZINE HCL 92 78 51 122
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 91 91 52 28
FAMOTIDINE 90 82 53 33
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 88 88 54 52
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 88 88 54 62
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 86 78 S3 56 80
CEPHALEXIN 82 68 57 111
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 81 73 58 10
IBUPROFEN 81 64 58 42
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 79 70 60 120
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 76 74 61 129
SPIRONOLACTONE 76 53 61 85
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 73 63 37
CALCITRIOL 72 72 64 205
PREDNISONE 70 62 65 57
LORAZEPAM 70 41 65 189
FOLIC ACID 68 52 67 412
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 68 52 67 26
HUMALOG 65 44 69 137
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 65 60 69 346
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 62 51 71 134
LACTULOSE 62 43 71 125
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 56 73 45
LYRICA 61 53 73 127
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 60 55 75 109
SERTRALINE HCL 60 50 75 43
ALLOPURINOL 58 55 77 31
ALPRAZOLAM 55 35 78 195
GEMFIBROZIL 53 39 79 96
PAROXETINE HCL 53 42 79 72
NEXIUM 52 46 81 40
HYDROCORTISONE 51 43 82 229
PROPRANOLOL HCL 50 32 83 151
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 Feb. 8, 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.