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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,506Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2291 out of 6645

$306K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2447 out of 6645

621 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
11% 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

6% of this provider’s 621 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 621 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 4,976 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 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
LISINOPRIL 321 300 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 291 281 2 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 219 186 S3 3 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 215 201 4 2
ATENOLOL 192 174 5 8
LOVASTATIN 164 155 6 15
OMEPRAZOLE 155 135 7 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 149 142 8 12
LEVOTHROID 144 136 9 39
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 140 131 10 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 139 134 11 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 130 117 12 4
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 106 89 13 26
FUROSEMIDE 99 97 14 11
PROAIR HFA 96 84 15 32
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 95 89 16 10
FAMOTIDINE 74 56 17 33
WARFARIN SODIUM 71 70 18 16
FLUOXETINE HCL 68 53 19 63
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 66 55 20 17
ALLOPURINOL 61 60 21 31
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 61 61 21 14
GLIPIZIDE 58 50 23 23
INSULIN SYRINGE 54 53 24 61
TERAZOSIN HCL 54 54 24 48
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 52 50 26 20
TRAZODONE HCL 51 42 27 60
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 50 49 S2 28 150
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.