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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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41,987Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 6645

$4.96M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 6645

601 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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 601 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 601 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 37,384 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

53% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$118 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

70 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
SPIRONOLACTONE 1,213 1,155 10 1 85
BENICAR HCT 1,113 1,087 10 2 158
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 1,063 936 3 10
LIDODERM 1,029 992 4 53
NEXIUM 988 922 5 40
LOVAZA 824 746 6 68
CRESTOR 754 729 7 34
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 723 665 8 17
OMEPRAZOLE 687 601 9 6
TRAMADOL HCL 686 628 10 30
SIMVASTATIN 670 576 11 1
ADVAIR DISKUS 669 624 12 45
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 573 523 13 4
METFORMIN HCL 565 527 14 7
CALCITRIOL 563 534 15 205
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 548 491 16 24
TAMSULOSIN HCL 521 466 17 22
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 485 424 18 2
NAMENDA 472 468 19 41
CLOPIDOGREL 463 433 20 36
CELEBREX 444 413 21 54
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 431 269 S3 22 5
NASONEX 430 403 23 126
PLAVIX 421 390 24 49
RANITIDINE HCL 420 368 25 51
BYSTOLIC 417 416 26 110
ATENOLOL 414 409 27 8
FUROSEMIDE 400 357 28 11
ACIPHEX 378 341 10 29 167
DIOVAN 369 334 30 19
BENICAR 364 305 31 84
VOLTAREN 333 318 32 108
CYMBALTA 323 285 33 78
TOPIRAMATE 315 274 34 255
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 314 308 35 121
GLIMEPIRIDE 314 289 35 47
ASTEPRO 313 312 10 37 414
CARVEDILOL 311 283 38 25
GABAPENTIN 302 264 39 18
DEXILANT 297 261 40 102
SPIRIVA 285 263 41 65
TRIBENZOR 285 276 10 41 257
DONEPEZIL HCL 283 280 43 27
JANUVIA 279 278 44 38
LIPITOR 272 253 45 69
SINGULAIR 268 240 46 76
CREON 260 255 47 114
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 250 221 48 9
VESICARE 246 245 49 148
METFORMIN HCL ER 243 218 50 89
JANUMET 242 219 51 132
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 241 213 52 86
LYRICA 239 220 53 127
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 230 199 54 29
DIOVAN HCT 228 182 55 64
TEKTURNA 220 193 56 264
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 215 211 57 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 203 187 58 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 200 186 59 35
ACTONEL 200 190 59 92
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 197 197 61 62
BENAZEPRIL HCL 194 126 62 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 189 162 63 20
ULORIC 185 176 64 227
IBUPROFEN 184 138 65 42
ZETIA 183 160 66 87
LANTUS 177 162 67 50
PROAIR HFA 175 141 68 32
AMITIZA 171 165 69 245
ALLOPURINOL 171 153 69 31
TRAZODONE HCL 170 148 71 60
LANSOPRAZOLE 164 142 72 163
FINASTERIDE 161 149 73 73
MECLIZINE HCL 160 149 74 122
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 154 137 75 66
SERTRALINE HCL 152 141 76 43
VYTORIN 150 138 77 170
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 149 144 78 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 145 145 79 14
LEXAPRO 143 137 80 218
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 139 101 81 28
VICTOZA 2-PAK 139 118 10 81 466
MELOXICAM 137 133 83 46
CLONIDINE HCL 136 136 84 56
AVODART 132 132 85 99
EVISTA 130 130 86 90
AMIODARONE HCL 127 127 87 160
SYNTHROID 124 112 88 79
MICARDIS HCT 122 109 89 299
ACTOS 121 121 90 71
PREMARIN 121 120 R 90 169
NITROSTAT 120 116 92 193
BONIVA 115 111 93 191
ONGLYZA 115 115 93 168
WELCHOL 114 113 95 199
EPZICOM 114 12 95 223
PROCTOZONE-HC 114 111 95 243
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 114 104 95 128
TRILIPIX 111 98 99 178
OLANZAPINE 111 98 99 140
LISINOPRIL 111 111 99 3
DICYCLOMINE HCL 109 78 102 278
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 108 96 103 97
FLUOXETINE HCL 107 84 104 63
CILOSTAZOL 104 95 105 202
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 104 67 105 181
PAROXETINE HCL 103 97 107 72
FAMOTIDINE 102 73 108 33
AZOR 100 77 109 152
DETROL LA 96 84 110 260
MIRTAZAPINE 95 76 111 70
AZELASTINE HCL 91 82 112 341
LABETALOL HCL 88 88 113 226
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 87 87 114 176
PRIMIDONE 87 87 114 372
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 86 85 S3 116 80
PROPRANOLOL HCL 85 85 117 151
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 84 79 118 12
GLYBURIDE 84 84 R 118 58
SINGLE USE SWAB 83 74 120 350
PATANOL 83 83 120 131
LEVOXYL 81 68 122 136
TERAZOSIN HCL 81 50 122 48
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 81 72 122 177
FLECTOR 80 79 125 230
DIGOXIN 78 78 126 59
VICTOZA 3-PAK 77 70 127 365
CAPTOPRIL 75 75 128 221
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 75 74 128 250
ENABLEX 74 62 130 301
AZITHROMYCIN 74 56 130 44
SYMBICORT 73 73 132 153
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 73 72 132 147
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 73 59 132 306
ALCOHOL SWABS 73 60 132 319
FLUOCINONIDE 72 69 136 130
RISPERIDONE 71 48 137 93
HYDROCORTISONE 69 69 138 229
TRUVADA 69 23 138 135
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 68 65 140 228
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 68 56 140 75
BUPROPION XL 68 52 140 225
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 67 62 143 81
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 66 54 R 144 117
TRICOR 65 61 145 138
ARICEPT 65 65 145 442
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 63 50 147 214
COREG CR 63 63 147 242
SURE COMFORT 63 52 147 358
EXELON 62 60 150 149
SOLARAZE 60 53 151 394
NORVIR 59 0 152 133
ZALEPLON 59 45 152 490
LUNESTA 58 48 154 287
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 56 54 R 155 184
ZOVIRAX 56 47 155 528
LIDOCAINE 56 48 155 325
UNIFINE PENTIPS 55 55 158 467
LOVASTATIN 55 54 158 15
MICARDIS 55 53 158 232
VALACYCLOVIR 54 0 161 271
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 54 46 161 67
REYATAZ 53 0 163 197
PRADAXA 53 53 163 247
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 53 45 163 139
GLIPIZIDE 53 45 163 23
NIFEDIPINE ER 52 37 167 82
SEROSTIM 52 0 167 498
NITROGLYCERIN 51 51 10 169 633
VENTOLIN HFA 51 40 169 146
ONDANSETRON HCL 51 41 169 419
ROPINIROLE HCL 50 50 172 166
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 50 41 172 52
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.