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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,381Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 195 out of 6645

$1.12M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 252 out of 6645

755 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
24% 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 755 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 755 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 16,639 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 1,065 979 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 791 713 2 4
LISINOPRIL 579 523 3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 564 534 4 2
FUROSEMIDE 498 451 5 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 469 400 S3 6 5
OMEPRAZOLE 425 364 7 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 406 383 8 12
METFORMIN HCL 386 337 9 7
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 373 323 10 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 330 285 11 17
ATENOLOL 327 310 12 8
CARVEDILOL 294 263 13 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 293 276 14 10
NAMENDA 263 263 15 41
GABAPENTIN 263 228 15 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 259 259 17 27
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 245 235 18 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 209 199 19 28
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 198 193 20 14
LOVASTATIN 198 190 20 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 190 179 22 16
DIOVAN 186 162 23 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 159 135 24 24
GLYBURIDE 157 120 R 25 58
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 140 121 26 9
TAMSULOSIN HCL 140 137 26 22
SERTRALINE HCL 136 124 28 43
CITALOPRAM HBR 135 123 29 35
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 128 122 30 67
CELEBREX 124 99 31 54
AZITHROMYCIN 124 114 31 44
VESICARE 119 118 33 148
SPIRIVA 118 114 34 65
CLOPIDOGREL 114 110 35 36
ADVAIR DISKUS 113 98 36 45
PAROXETINE HCL 112 105 37 72
MIRTAZAPINE 111 110 38 70
ALLOPURINOL 106 92 39 31
ROPINIROLE HCL 100 87 40 166
LEVOFLOXACIN 100 91 40 83
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 98 94 42 62
TRAMADOL HCL 97 96 43 30
CARISOPRODOL 97 38 R 43 94
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 96 78 45 26
FLUOXETINE HCL 93 78 46 63
DIGOXIN 90 90 47 59
TRAZODONE HCL 87 76 48 60
SYNTHROID 87 87 48 79
FELODIPINE ER 86 77 50 105
CYMBALTA 85 60 51 78
PROAIR HFA 79 72 52 32
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 75 53 37
JANUVIA 78 73 53 38
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 78 71 53 20
PREDNISONE 74 73 56 57
PLAVIX 73 70 57 49
LEVOXYL 72 64 58 136
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 72 72 58 52
CRESTOR 71 71 60 34
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 69 60 R 61 157
FENOFIBRATE 68 61 62 74
RISPERIDONE 67 67 63 93
FINASTERIDE 66 66 64 73
AMIODARONE HCL 65 60 65 160
CEPHALEXIN 65 56 65 111
NEXIUM 64 52 67 40
MELOXICAM 63 60 68 46
BENAZEPRIL HCL 63 63 68 21
ZETIA 63 63 68 87
SPIRONOLACTONE 62 48 71 85
COMBIVENT 61 44 72 174
VENTOLIN HFA 59 45 73 146
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 58 33 74 97
VYTORIN 56 56 75 170
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 55 50 76 185
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 55 55 76 66
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 55 54 76 121
RANITIDINE HCL 55 55 76 51
FAMOTIDINE 54 52 80 33
NAPROXEN 54 51 80 88
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 53 51 82 129
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 52 49 83 55
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 12, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.