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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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41,943Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 6645

$2.18M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 72 out of 6645

1,085 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
92% 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

14% of this provider’s 1,085 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 1,085 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 37,488 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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
FUROSEMIDE 1,409 1,328 1 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,404 1,255 2 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,376 1,242 S3 3 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,259 1,146 4 13
LISINOPRIL 1,220 1,154 5 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 1,137 1,133 6 27
SIMVASTATIN 1,083 1,002 7 1
OMEPRAZOLE 1,049 918 8 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,035 941 9 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 949 876 10 28
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 949 904 10 2
NAMENDA 894 881 12 41
GABAPENTIN 685 586 13 18
MIRTAZAPINE 683 647 14 70
RISPERIDONE 592 514 15 93
LANTUS 537 491 16 50
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 515 451 17 10
SERTRALINE HCL 495 386 18 43
CARVEDILOL 486 477 19 25
METFORMIN HCL 434 383 20 7
FAMOTIDINE 423 363 21 33
LEVOFLOXACIN 402 368 22 83
ATENOLOL 394 367 23 8
CLOPIDOGREL 390 375 24 36
DIGOXIN 387 373 25 59
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 377 338 26 9
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 377 324 26 101
CITALOPRAM HBR 364 309 28 35
CEPHALEXIN 359 313 29 111
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 357 267 30 172
TRAMADOL HCL 357 342 30 30
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 351 327 32 116
NOVOLOG 342 321 33 144
DIOVAN 341 323 34 19
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 321 311 35 86
TAMSULOSIN HCL 301 260 36 22
BACLOFEN 290 189 37 100
CLONIDINE HCL 282 253 38 56
LEVETIRACETAM 278 230 39 119
OLANZAPINE 260 212 40 140
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 257 236 41 233
HYDRALAZINE HCL 240 213 42 77
PLAVIX 230 215 43 49
GLIPIZIDE 214 203 44 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 212 173 45 17
PREDNISONE 212 194 45 57
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 210 187 47 14
NEXIUM 206 177 48 40
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 204 164 49 20
PAROXETINE HCL 204 183 49 72
TRAZODONE HCL 202 167 51 60
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 191 190 52 12
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 189 112 53 113
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 187 165 54 201
LYRICA 186 161 55 127
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 185 173 56 24
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 181 171 57 121
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 180 162 58 29
ALLOPURINOL 176 175 59 31
CYMBALTA 176 139 59 78
SEROQUEL 173 113 61 208
FENTANYL 173 124 S2 61 141
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 172 161 63 66
NOVOLIN R 169 163 64 142
FINASTERIDE 160 159 65 73
HUMULIN R 159 147 66 209
MORPHINE SULFATE 156 113 S2 67 326
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 155 118 S2 68 124
HUMALOG 155 139 68 137
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 154 121 70 120
BUMETANIDE 153 148 71 267
MEGESTROL ACETATE 148 144 R 72 104
TRAVATAN Z 142 141 73 342
ADVAIR DISKUS 141 140 74 45
LEVEMIR 134 114 75 272
LACTULOSE 133 112 76 125
FLUOXETINE HCL 133 105 76 63
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 129 79 78 273
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 127 111 S2 79 150
JANUVIA 123 113 80 38
RANITIDINE HCL 118 117 81 51
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 113 96 82 134
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 111 111 83 407
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 109 107 S3 84 80
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 109 109 84 75
METHADONE HCL 109 85 S2 84 186
LOVASTATIN 107 74 87 15
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 106 102 88 112
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 104 85 89 129
KLOR-CON M10 103 94 90 276
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 103 79 90 179
GEMFIBROZIL 102 90 92 96
LIDODERM 101 94 93 53
LEXAPRO 100 91 94 218
EXELON 99 99 95 149
CARBAMAZEPINE 98 32 96 224
ABILIFY 96 86 97 204
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 95 85 98 67
VALPROIC ACID 94 76 99 285
ROPINIROLE HCL 92 71 100 166
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 90 81 101 55
PROPRANOLOL HCL 89 69 102 151
AZITHROMYCIN 88 76 103 44
SPIRONOLACTONE 87 70 104 85
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 87 50 R 104 188
TERAZOSIN HCL 85 84 106 48
CELEBREX 85 84 106 54
BENAZEPRIL HCL 84 80 108 21
AMIODARONE HCL 81 72 109 160
LIPITOR 79 58 110 69
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 77 66 111 175
SPIRIVA 76 61 112 65
BUSPIRONE HCL 76 76 112 207
PHENYTOIN 74 53 114 355
DETROL LA 73 61 115 260
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 73 69 115 176
NASONEX 72 63 117 126
CALCITRIOL 71 71 118 205
MELOXICAM 71 71 118 46
NYSTATIN 68 62 120 234
VENLAFAXINE HCL 67 58 121 388
GLIMEPIRIDE 67 64 121 47
LATANOPROST 66 61 123 320
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 64 63 124 200
KLOR-CON 10 64 60 124 145
GALANTAMINE HBR 63 63 126 400
GLYBURIDE 63 56 R 126 58
NYSTOP 63 58 126 348
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 62 57 129 198
RENVELA 62 44 129 258
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 61 51 131 26
RAMIPRIL 60 48 132 118
TOBRAMYCIN-DEXAMETHASONE 59 57 133 458
NITROSTAT 59 53 133 193
PROMETHAZINE HCL 57 52 R 135 219
HYDROCORTISONE 57 51 135 229
LUMIGAN 56 56 137 445
GENERLAC 55 48 138 310
LANSOPRAZOLE 55 34 138 163
VESICARE 53 53 140 148
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 52 37 141 347
TIMOLOL MALEATE 51 47 142 373
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 13, 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.