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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,317Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 111 out of 6645

$1.7M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 116 out of 6645

393 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
99% 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

6% of this provider’s 393 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 20,477 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

50% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$76 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

57 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
CRESTOR 1,010 921 1 34
NEXIUM 955 888 2 40
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 724 636 3 24
DIOVAN 700 658 4 19
OMEPRAZOLE 603 525 5 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 587 581 6 10
FUROSEMIDE 576 551 7 11
CARVEDILOL 454 450 8 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 448 414 9 22
SIMVASTATIN 443 388 10 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 431 399 11 2
CLONIDINE HCL 416 400 12 56
DIOVAN HCT 407 399 13 64
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 407 356 R 13 95
CELEBREX 403 343 15 54
ATENOLOL 361 311 16 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 355 343 17 97
GABAPENTIN 335 300 18 18
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 334 320 19 29
METFORMIN HCL 332 328 20 7
TRAMADOL HCL 327 290 21 30
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 321 293 22 20
LANSOPRAZOLE 269 213 23 163
PLAVIX 266 249 24 49
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 265 211 25 4
VOLTAREN 265 255 25 108
JANUVIA 259 233 27 38
CLOPIDOGREL 254 243 28 36
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 243 212 29 62
MELOXICAM 216 201 30 46
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 206 206 31 66
LIPITOR 206 193 31 69
DEXILANT 202 158 33 102
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 201 196 34 14
ALCOHOL PREP PADS 198 185 10 35 330
AZITHROMYCIN 193 168 36 44
LANTUS 193 167 36 50
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 186 167 38 250
WARFARIN SODIUM 180 178 39 16
AVODART 172 150 40 99
SERTRALINE HCL 169 150 41 43
ALLOPURINOL 163 160 42 31
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 162 151 43 86
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 162 127 43 12
BENAZEPRIL HCL 151 144 45 21
RAMIPRIL 150 108 46 118
AMIODARONE HCL 149 146 47 160
LOVAZA 139 134 48 68
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 135 128 49 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 131 116 50 17
IBUPROFEN 127 103 51 42
ACIPHEX 122 117 52 167
BENICAR 120 103 53 84
GLIMEPIRIDE 119 119 54 47
ADVAIR DISKUS 118 117 55 45
LIDODERM 114 113 56 53
NAMENDA 112 112 57 41
MECLIZINE HCL 110 110 58 122
COLCRYS 110 107 58 192
PAROXETINE HCL 108 106 60 72
NOVOLOG 104 82 61 144
INSULIN SYRINGE 98 98 62 61
SPIRIVA 87 75 63 65
LEVOFLOXACIN 86 81 64 83
FAMOTIDINE 82 82 65 33
AZOR 81 81 66 152
NATEGLINIDE 78 78 67 220
LISINOPRIL 75 63 68 3
DIGOXIN 72 72 69 59
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 71 63 70 81
XARELTO 68 56 71 435
SINGLE USE SWAB 66 63 72 350
EXFORGE 64 64 73 155
TRIBENZOR 64 64 73 257
LEXAPRO 64 57 73 218
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 59 76 314
BENICAR HCT 61 55 77 158
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 60 60 78 55
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 60 60 78 253
ZETIA 59 47 80 87
DONEPEZIL HCL 59 59 80 27
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 57 47 S3 82 5
SPIRONOLACTONE 54 42 83 85
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 54 48 83 187
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 52 52 85 112
SYNTHROID 52 52 85 79
EFFIENT 51 49 87 261
FINASTERIDE 51 45 87 73
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 9, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.