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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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40,383Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 6645

$2.84M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 41 out of 6645

1,078 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
49%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

13% of this provider’s 1,078 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

41% of this provider’s 1,078 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 19,115 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 2,925 1,010 S3 1 5
CARISOPRODOL 1,873 332 R 10 2 94
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,114 586 3 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 1,074 400 4 17
SIMVASTATIN 736 417 5 1
FUROSEMIDE 626 316 6 11
PREDNISONE 621 300 7 57
TRAMADOL HCL 616 296 8 30
METFORMIN HCL 597 375 9 7
CRESTOR 575 350 10 34
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 552 276 11 67
DEXILANT 536 232 12 102
OMEPRAZOLE 532 338 13 6
GABAPENTIN 485 227 14 18
DIOVAN HCT 471 270 15 64
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 459 246 16 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 435 313 17 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 409 243 18 22
LISINOPRIL 406 262 19 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 405 282 20 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 397 182 21 9
EXFORGE 380 219 22 155
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 366 225 23 13
IBUPROFEN 354 113 24 42
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 333 160 25 24
PROAIR HFA 331 102 26 32
GLIMEPIRIDE 309 175 27 47
SINGULAIR 290 164 28 76
CLONIDINE HCL 275 147 29 56
AZITHROMYCIN 270 137 30 44
ATENOLOL 266 148 31 8
TIZANIDINE HCL 260 120 32 290
NEXIUM 256 153 33 40
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 251 164 34 29
SPIRONOLACTONE 244 92 35 85
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 237 101 36 121
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 232 33 S2 37 124
MEGESTROL ACETATE 228 163 R 38 104
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 227 126 39 55
MELOXICAM 222 126 40 46
FENOFIBRATE 217 120 41 74
HYDROXYZINE HCL 215 101 R 42 161
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 208 137 43 28
TRAZODONE HCL 200 61 44 60
LEVETIRACETAM 200 81 44 119
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 200 73 44 477
DIOVAN 197 146 47 19
FLUCONAZOLE 196 68 48 298
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 193 59 S2 49 213
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 190 112 50 14
EXFORGE HCT 188 70 51 418
CLOPIDOGREL 185 101 52 36
SERTRALINE HCL 183 88 53 43
CARVEDILOL 180 125 54 25
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 178 53 55 26
LEVOFLOXACIN 178 77 55 83
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 177 86 57 120
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 176 53 58 198
CEPHALEXIN 175 63 59 111
DONEPEZIL HCL 172 144 60 27
SUCRALFATE 171 91 61 256
ACTOS 170 128 62 71
OXYCODONE HCL 170 34 S2 62 162
LIPITOR 168 100 64 69
BACLOFEN 168 101 64 100
GLIPIZIDE 167 92 66 23
NAMENDA 166 147 67 41
AVODART 166 118 67 99
ALLOPURINOL 163 83 69 31
CYMBALTA 162 19 70 78
JANUMET 162 86 70 132
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 161 59 72 101
CITALOPRAM HBR 156 88 73 35
CELEBREX 154 55 74 54
BENAZEPRIL HCL 153 93 75 21
ADVAIR DISKUS 151 65 76 45
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 151 87 76 109
FLUOXETINE HCL 144 50 78 63
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 141 45 R 79 117
LYRICA 141 49 79 127
ACTOPLUS MET 137 79 81 275
RISPERIDONE 136 80 82 93
LEVEMIR 131 66 83 272
METHOCARBAMOL 126 52 R 84 268
PLAVIX 124 76 85 49
NAPROXEN 124 71 85 88
ACTONEL 122 76 87 92
SODIUM CHLORIDE 121 75 88 216
METRONIDAZOLE 119 50 89 329
FAMOTIDINE 119 86 89 33
VANCOMYCIN HCL 115 40 91 374
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 114 54 92 128
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 112 44 93 214
VENTOLIN HFA 112 22 93 146
RANITIDINE HCL 112 80 93 51
VESICARE 111 46 96 148
PAROXETINE HCL 110 63 97 72
BYSTOLIC 109 52 98 110
GEMFIBROZIL 109 50 98 96
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 107 38 100 172
PREMARIN 107 21 R 100 169
NITROSTAT 106 54 102 193
SURE COMFORT 104 71 103 358
MIRTAZAPINE 104 68 103 70
OLANZAPINE 103 55 105 140
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 103 22 R 105 157
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 102 45 107 134
AMITIZA 102 54 107 245
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 100 89 109 12
SANTYL 99 83 110 302
INSULIN SYRINGE 99 46 110 61
SYMBICORT 98 29 112 153
PREMPRO 98 15 R 112 369
PROMETHAZINE HCL 95 24 R 114 219
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 93 32 115 62
METHADONE HCL 91 0 S2 116 186
LACTULOSE 91 46 116 125
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 85 0 S2 118 235
PATANOL 85 49 118 131
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 85 14 118 113
MEDROXYPROGESTERONE ACETATE 84 0 121 594
DIGOXIN 83 55 122 59
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 82 53 123 97
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 81 48 124 179
HUMULIN R 81 66 124 209
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 79 63 126 200
XARELTO 79 46 126 435
KLOR-CON 8 76 38 128 123
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 76 74 128 116
LANSOPRAZOLE 74 33 130 163
LIPOFEN 74 47 10 130 602
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 73 51 132 233
OXYCONTIN 72 12 S2 133 236
AMOXICILLIN 72 14 133 107
LIDODERM 72 30 133 53
NASONEX 72 41 133 126
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 71 44 S3 137 80
ACIPHEX 71 27 137 167
ROPINIROLE HCL 71 23 137 166
FENTANYL 70 17 S2 140 141
NOVOLIN R 70 61 140 142
JANUVIA 69 30 142 38
ENDOCET 65 24 S2 143 453
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 64 28 144 241
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 64 35 144 20
SPIRIVA 64 0 144 65
COMBIVENT 63 32 147 174
VALTURNA 63 28 10 147 692
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 59 18 149 81
VOLTAREN 57 18 150 108
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 57 39 150 147
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 57 24 150 306
EXELON 53 49 153 149
ABILIFY 53 0 153 204
SEROQUEL 53 15 153 208
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 52 31 156 175
INDOMETHACIN 52 34 R 156 393
MECLIZINE HCL 52 38 156 122
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 51 32 159 66
LUNESTA 51 15 159 287
ONGLYZA 51 28 159 168
TRILIPIX 51 27 159 178
TOPIRAMATE 50 0 163 255
SEROQUEL XR 50 12 163 343
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 14 163 181
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. 28, 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.