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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,319Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 129 out of 6645

$770K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 538 out of 6645

737 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
72% 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

4% of this provider’s 737 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 737 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 17,513 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$36 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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
SIMVASTATIN 987 822 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 917 710 2 6
METFORMIN HCL 904 713 3 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 754 661 4 2
LOVASTATIN 752 618 5 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 683 483 S3 6 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 672 593 7 4
ATENOLOL 630 563 8 8
LISINOPRIL 528 466 9 3
FUROSEMIDE 519 444 10 11
RANITIDINE HCL 405 324 11 51
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 370 313 12 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 327 268 13 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 326 266 14 24
JANUVIA 304 244 15 38
MELOXICAM 295 268 16 46
AZITHROMYCIN 276 207 17 44
ACTOS 275 210 18 71
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 272 246 19 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 265 228 20 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 262 186 21 35
HYDRALAZINE HCL 257 239 22 77
GLIMEPIRIDE 249 165 23 47
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 240 189 24 109
GABAPENTIN 234 169 25 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 232 198 26 22
GLYBURIDE 206 175 R 27 58
DIOVAN 204 203 28 19
PAROXETINE HCL 201 201 29 72
WARFARIN SODIUM 194 169 30 16
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 192 162 31 37
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 186 170 32 121
LANTUS 176 113 33 50
CARVEDILOL 172 157 34 25
DONEPEZIL HCL 160 160 35 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 158 135 36 17
TRAMADOL HCL 153 79 37 30
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 144 112 R 38 184
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 138 134 39 29
ADVAIR DISKUS 136 105 40 45
ALLOPURINOL 136 112 40 31
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 133 114 42 62
MIRTAZAPINE 129 128 43 70
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 121 119 44 187
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 118 105 45 28
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 117 113 46 20
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 114 106 47 176
AMIODARONE HCL 112 97 48 160
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 109 65 R 49 117
VERAPAMIL ER 109 102 49 154
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 108 95 51 66
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 102 80 52 67
METHOCARBAMOL 94 52 R 53 268
BENAZEPRIL HCL 86 54 54 21
SERTRALINE HCL 86 73 54 43
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 86 60 54 10
OLANZAPINE 84 84 57 140
FLUOXETINE HCL 84 61 57 63
CEPHALEXIN 84 70 57 111
INSULIN SYRINGE 82 53 60 61
DILTIAZEM ER 80 77 61 182
GLIPIZIDE 80 78 61 23
RISPERIDONE 78 78 63 93
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 78 59 63 55
IBUPROFEN 78 47 63 42
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 77 77 66 101
GEMFIBROZIL 77 31 66 96
COLCRYS 75 75 68 192
MEGESTROL ACETATE 69 69 R 69 104
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 67 59 70 97
BUSPIRONE HCL 65 60 71 207
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 64 49 R 72 95
MECLIZINE HCL 64 64 72 122
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 62 62 74 120
DIGOXIN 62 62 74 59
PROAIR HFA 60 42 76 32
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 60 49 76 81
CLOPIDOGREL 58 34 78 36
PRAZOSIN HCL 53 27 79 340
DOXEPIN HCL 53 53 79 441
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 53 37 79 86
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 52 36 82 172
VENTOLIN HFA 51 21 83 146
PROPRANOLOL HCL 51 41 83 151
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 51 40 83 177
FLUCONAZOLE 51 40 83 298
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 May 9, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.