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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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29,611Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 46 out of 6645

$2.41M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 57 out of 6645

537 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 537 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 28,630 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

50% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$82 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

55 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
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 1,660 1,612 1 14
ACTONEL 1,213 1,185 10 2 92
SIMVASTATIN 1,100 1,086 3 1
DIOVAN 979 937 4 19
CELEBREX 905 895 5 54
LIDODERM 829 820 6 53
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 829 809 6 2
CRESTOR 639 612 8 34
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 548 515 9 10
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 532 515 10 55
NEXIUM 521 508 11 40
METFORMIN HCL 516 470 12 7
AZOR 494 457 10 13 152
GABAPENTIN 452 414 14 18
PATANOL 445 436 15 131
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 443 435 16 112
SINGULAIR 422 412 17 76
VOLTAREN 410 403 18 108
TRAMADOL HCL 404 379 19 30
BENICAR 398 387 20 84
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 391 391 21 66
FUROSEMIDE 354 333 22 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 343 336 23 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 330 329 24 12
MELOXICAM 324 311 25 46
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 323 319 26 28
OMEPRAZOLE 321 321 27 6
GLIPIZIDE 309 302 28 23
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 301 294 29 215
MISOPROSTOL 294 276 30 377
BACLOFEN 291 285 31 100
TEKTURNA 277 264 10 32 264
ATENOLOL 272 272 33 8
GEMFIBROZIL 269 267 34 96
ATELVIA 264 264 35 91
WELCHOL 258 235 36 199
DONEPEZIL HCL 253 253 37 27
ADVAIR DISKUS 241 230 38 45
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 227 224 39 17
FAMOTIDINE 221 207 40 33
BENICAR HCT 220 220 41 158
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 214 205 42 128
ALLOPURINOL 199 198 43 31
NASONEX 197 172 44 126
TRICOR 175 164 45 138
TAMSULOSIN HCL 172 170 46 22
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 167 156 S3 47 80
PATADAY 167 162 47 183
LOVAZA 166 165 49 68
CLOPIDOGREL 166 166 49 36
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 164 164 R 51 95
PLAVIX 160 147 52 49
BENAZEPRIL HCL 159 146 53 21
AZITHROMYCIN 158 153 54 44
JANUVIA 155 154 55 38
GLIMEPIRIDE 152 144 56 47
LYRICA 140 140 57 127
FLECTOR 138 130 58 230
GLYBURIDE 136 124 R 59 58
DIOVAN HCT 131 131 60 64
CLONIDINE HCL 130 130 61 56
FINASTERIDE 126 126 62 73
PROCTOZONE-HC 125 125 63 243
FLUOCINONIDE 124 122 64 130
NIFEDIPINE ER 123 123 65 82
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 120 111 66 29
HYDRALAZINE HCL 119 118 67 77
HYDROXYZINE HCL 112 108 R 68 161
CEPHALEXIN 110 107 69 111
ACTOS 108 108 70 71
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 105 87 71 109
CARVEDILOL 103 103 72 25
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 101 98 73 120
CREON 98 98 74 114
LANTUS 97 97 75 50
AVODART 97 94 75 99
DEXILANT 95 92 77 102
DIGOXIN 89 89 78 59
RANEXA 88 88 79 276
DICYCLOMINE HCL 86 75 80 278
MOMETASONE FUROATE 84 83 81 292
COMBIVENT 83 81 82 174
EPINASTINE HCL 81 77 83 431
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 78 65 84 24
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 77 77 85 176
ENABLEX 73 73 86 301
LANSOPRAZOLE 72 61 87 163
EFFIENT 70 65 88 261
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 64 64 89 75
EVISTA 64 64 89 90
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 63 91 9
LISINOPRIL 61 51 92 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 61 61 92 97
NAMENDA 61 61 92 41
AMITIZA 60 57 95 245
MEGESTROL ACETATE 58 58 R 96 104
LIPITOR 57 53 97 69
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-DEXAMETH 54 53 98 390
METHIMAZOLE 54 54 98 362
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 52 52 100 13
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 52 51 100 304
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 52 46 100 214
AMIODARONE HCL 50 50 103 160
TRILIPIX 50 50 103 178
TERAZOSIN HCL 50 50 103 48
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 50 50 103 179
JANUMET 50 50 103 132
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.