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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,540Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1384 out of 6645

$401K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1650 out of 6645

653 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
17% 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 653 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 653 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 7,127 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 343 331 1 2
K-TAB 334 319 2 98
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 330 309 3 37
ATENOLOL 325 320 4 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 299 269 S3 5 5
SIMVASTATIN 272 256 6 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 234 223 7 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 227 216 8 10
GLIPIZIDE 227 210 8 23
LISINOPRIL 215 200 10 3
OMEPRAZOLE 182 174 11 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 178 173 12 9
LOVASTATIN 170 163 13 15
METFORMIN HCL 166 155 14 7
FAMOTIDINE 132 129 15 33
MELOXICAM 128 120 16 46
HYDRALAZINE HCL 123 122 17 77
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 119 116 18 20
TERAZOSIN HCL 118 115 19 48
FUROSEMIDE 117 107 20 11
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 109 100 21 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 104 103 22 14
PROAIR HFA 102 86 23 32
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 91 89 24 13
SPIRONOLACTONE 88 88 25 85
FORTICAL 84 84 26 313
INSULIN SYRINGE 80 70 27 61
ADACEL 80 76 27 212
FELODIPINE ER 77 77 29 105
NOVOLIN N 70 65 30 106
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 70 65 S3 30 80
CHLORTHALIDONE 64 59 32 180
LEVOTHROID 63 58 33 39
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 63 60 33 52
ALLOPURINOL 63 56 33 31
DONEPEZIL HCL 60 59 36 27
VERAPAMIL ER 54 51 37 154
CLOPIDOGREL 51 50 38 36
LIPITOR 50 49 39 69
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 June 4, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.