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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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32,264Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 35 out of 6645

$3.27M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 21 out of 6645

717 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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

7% of this provider’s 717 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 30,883 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

59% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$101 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 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
ATELVIA 1,647 1,621 10 1 91
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 1,029 988 2 10
BENICAR 970 948 10 3 84
LOVAZA 944 927 4 68
LIDODERM 891 835 5 53
METFORMIN HCL 853 809 6 7
BYSTOLIC 811 811 7 110
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 748 699 8 2
AZOR 674 670 10 9 152
TAMSULOSIN HCL 648 617 10 22
SIMVASTATIN 639 600 11 1
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 627 610 12 14
NEXIUM 502 495 13 40
CRESTOR 491 482 14 34
PLAVIX 462 458 15 49
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 459 455 16 66
CELEBREX 434 424 17 54
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 429 386 18 17
DIOVAN 406 394 19 19
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 404 396 20 55
AZITHROMYCIN 393 365 21 44
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 385 364 22 4
AMOXICILLIN 385 352 22 107
AVODART 372 361 24 99
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 370 341 25 24
MELOXICAM 367 343 26 46
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 356 350 27 12
CLOPIDOGREL 334 327 28 36
BENICAR HCT 333 318 29 158
CARVEDILOL 315 287 30 25
IBUPROFEN 309 286 31 42
WELCHOL 308 308 10 32 199
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 302 292 R 33 95
ANTARA 301 289 10 34 361
JANUVIA 296 275 35 38
VOLTAREN 291 288 36 108
ATENOLOL 269 243 37 8
JANUMET 260 250 38 132
OMEPRAZOLE 234 205 39 6
FLUOCINONIDE 226 223 40 130
TRILIPIX 209 209 41 178
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 205 205 42 147
DONEPEZIL HCL 200 200 43 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 199 188 44 29
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 196 160 45 62
PATADAY 184 181 46 183
BONIVA 177 168 47 191
LYRICA 174 169 48 127
DIOVAN HCT 174 153 48 64
NASONEX 167 159 50 126
NIFEDIPINE ER 161 154 51 82
SINGULAIR 161 155 51 76
RAPAFLO 159 149 53 246
DEXILANT 158 150 54 102
ALLOPURINOL 154 150 55 31
GABAPENTIN 152 136 56 18
ADVAIR DISKUS 149 146 57 45
GLYBURIDE 147 139 R 58 58
VIREAD 147 138 58 259
PATANOL 134 132 60 131
HYDROXYZINE HCL 133 128 R 61 161
URSODIOL 131 121 62 349
RESTASIS 130 121 63 311
COREG CR 130 129 63 242
EXFORGE 129 129 65 155
TRIBENZOR 129 129 65 257
ACIPHEX 128 128 67 167
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 126 117 68 9
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 126 126 68 250
ACARBOSE 122 111 70 211
FINASTERIDE 117 112 71 73
ONGLYZA 117 106 71 168
GLIMEPIRIDE 110 110 73 47
PROCTOZONE-HC 102 95 74 243
LIPITOR 102 93 74 69
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 102 100 74 215
LIVALO 101 101 77 274
EVISTA 99 90 78 90
ACTONEL 95 82 79 92
SOTALOL 95 95 79 332
PROAIR HFA 92 78 81 32
CREON 90 85 82 114
FENOFIBRATE 90 71 82 74
ULTICARE 82 82 84 433
NAPROXEN 82 59 84 88
ULORIC 82 81 84 227
VYTORIN 82 79 84 170
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 80 80 88 200
LEVOFLOXACIN 80 76 88 83
NITROSTAT 79 77 90 193
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 78 71 91 128
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 75 75 92 228
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 75 70 92 121
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 73 69 94 395
LOPERAMIDE 72 71 95 281
WARFARIN SODIUM 72 72 95 16
VIMOVO 72 72 95 438
CICLOPIROX 71 65 98 402
CEPHALEXIN 70 65 99 111
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 70 70 99 237
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 66 61 101 67
ZENPEP 65 54 102 210
FLECTOR 64 62 103 230
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 63 53 104 222
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 63 62 104 177
HYDROCORTISONE 63 63 104 229
COLCRYS 62 59 107 192
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 61 61 108 120
EXELON 61 61 108 149
PROCRIT 59 55 110 352
CIPRODEX 56 55 111 515
SPIRIVA 54 54 112 65
FUROSEMIDE 52 51 113 11
GEMFIBROZIL 52 52 113 96
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 52 36 S3 113 5
ERYTHROMYCIN 50 50 116 559
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 3, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.