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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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78,923Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 6645

$8.54M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 6645

1,462 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%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

13% of this provider’s 1,462 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 77,727 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

60% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$108 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

54 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
NEXIUM 3,690 3,650 10 1 40
LIDODERM 3,102 3,074 10 2 53
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 2,816 2,743 10 3 10
CELEBREX 2,708 2,673 10 4 54
CREON 1,818 1,805 10 5 114
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,788 1,743 6 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 1,645 1,643 7 27
BENICAR 1,540 1,515 10 8 84
LOVAZA 1,489 1,466 10 9 68
BYSTOLIC 1,342 1,338 10 10 110
DEXILANT 1,304 1,295 10 11 102
DIOVAN 1,211 1,199 12 19
LEVOFLOXACIN 1,085 1,063 10 13 83
CLOPIDOGREL 1,082 1,077 14 36
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 1,028 1,022 R 10 15 95
RANITIDINE HCL 1,014 987 16 51
METFORMIN HCL 996 960 17 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 995 967 18 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 981 955 19 17
ACTONEL 973 969 10 20 92
DIOVAN HCT 917 913 21 64
SIMVASTATIN 880 867 22 1
EVISTA 879 863 23 90
BENICAR HCT 846 834 10 24 158
SINGULAIR 844 839 25 76
CRESTOR 826 804 26 34
OMEPRAZOLE 819 790 27 6
AZOR 817 799 10 28 152
JANUVIA 733 733 29 38
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 729 726 30 24
ATENOLOL 719 719 31 8
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 712 706 10 32 120
ATELVIA 708 708 33 91
TAMSULOSIN HCL 704 696 34 22
GABAPENTIN 686 669 35 18
PLAVIX 677 677 36 49
NAMENDA 636 636 37 41
JANUMET 628 616 38 132
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 624 617 39 55
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 615 609 10 40 128
NIFEDIPINE ER 605 602 41 82
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 581 581 42 66
RAPAFLO 579 578 43 246
TRILIPIX 534 511 10 44 178
MELOXICAM 523 491 45 46
LYRICA 507 495 46 127
ZENPEP 504 501 10 47 210
TRIBENZOR 500 499 10 48 257
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 497 478 49 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 490 477 50 20
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 486 485 10 51 147
EXELON 444 444 52 149
FAMOTIDINE 440 440 53 33
ONGLYZA 438 421 10 54 168
EXFORGE 434 434 10 55 155
ACIPHEX 419 387 10 56 167
PROLIA 414 404 10 57 359
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 412 400 S3 58 80
VOLTAREN 412 411 58 108
EFFIENT 408 408 60 261
FUROSEMIDE 396 393 61 11
MEGESTROL ACETATE 395 393 R 10 62 104
VESICARE 395 395 62 148
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 389 389 64 97
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 381 370 65 139
GLIMEPIRIDE 349 349 66 47
AVODART 345 345 67 99
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 332 316 68 12
SPIRIVA 330 329 69 65
PROAIR HFA 325 320 70 32
BACLOFEN 319 319 71 100
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 315 315 72 29
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 315 305 S3 72 5
ADVAIR DISKUS 308 298 74 45
TRAMADOL HCL 300 298 75 30
PATADAY 300 286 75 183
BENAZEPRIL HCL 288 283 77 21
CARVEDILOL 288 288 77 25
AZITHROMYCIN 283 274 79 44
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 249 247 80 185
LIPITOR 242 242 81 69
BONIVA 238 238 82 191
MECLIZINE HCL 230 230 83 122
ZETIA 229 220 84 87
ENABLEX 229 229 84 301
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 222 211 86 28
LACTULOSE 221 215 87 125
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 220 211 88 62
NASONEX 220 212 88 126
MICARDIS HCT 200 200 90 299
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 197 191 91 263
CALCITRIOL 196 186 92 205
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 194 190 10 93 314
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 193 173 94 13
AMOXICILLIN 192 190 95 107
LUNESTA 187 178 96 287
LANSOPRAZOLE 173 173 97 163
MICARDIS 173 159 97 232
RANEXA 171 171 99 276
LANTUS 169 169 100 50
ACTOS 167 167 101 71
NIFEDICAL XL 165 160 102 295
FLUOCINONIDE 165 163 102 130
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 163 162 104 214
LIVALO 162 162 105 274
KLOR-CON 8 157 157 106 123
ACARBOSE 156 144 107 211
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 153 153 108 112
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 152 140 R 109 117
PEN NEEDLE 149 145 110 159
SUPRAX 139 138 10 111 406
PRANDIN 137 137 112 240
KOMBIGLYZE XR 130 128 113 297
INSULIN SYRINGE 125 125 114 61
CLONIDINE HCL 125 125 114 56
WARFARIN SODIUM 122 122 116 16
GLIPIZIDE 117 117 117 23
HYDROXYZINE HCL 117 116 R 117 161
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 113 113 119 86
AGGRENOX 111 111 120 282
CEFDINIR 110 106 121 376
DICYCLOMINE HCL 107 107 122 278
CEFUROXIME 106 101 123 317
CICLOPIROX 102 99 124 402
DIGOXIN 101 101 125 59
GLYBURIDE 101 101 R 125 58
SERTRALINE HCL 99 99 127 43
MIRTAZAPINE 97 97 128 70
ALTABAX 96 92 10 129 639
VYTORIN 96 96 129 170
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 95 92 131 177
WELCHOL 94 94 132 199
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 94 94 132 81
DEXTROSE WITH SODIUM CHLORIDE 94 93 132 464
RESTASIS 94 89 132 311
CILOSTAZOL 90 90 136 202
VERAPAMIL ER 89 89 137 154
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 89 137 9
PROCTOZONE-HC 87 87 139 243
CYMBALTA 87 87 139 78
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 86 86 141 26
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 83 83 142 200
HYDROCORTISONE 83 82 142 229
AMIODARONE HCL 81 81 144 160
PREMPRO 80 80 R 145 369
PREMARIN 79 77 R 146 169
METHIMAZOLE 77 77 147 362
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 76 74 148 289
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 75 75 149 116
TRICOR 74 74 150 138
SYMBICORT 70 68 151 153
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 69 67 152 215
NAPRELAN 66 66 10 153 684
PROPRANOLOL HCL 65 65 154 151
TERAZOSIN HCL 61 61 155 48
CARAFATE 60 60 156 469
HUMULIN 70-30 59 59 157 328
VENTOLIN HFA 59 56 157 146
FENOFIBRATE 59 59 157 74
NIASPAN 59 59 157 164
PRISTIQ ER 58 58 161 474
AFEDITAB CR 58 58 161 386
ESTRADIOL-NORETHINDRONE ACETAT 58 58 R 161 706
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 57 57 164 52
ZOSTAVAX 57 52 164 115
FINASTERIDE 57 57 164 73
UNIFINE PENTIPS 56 56 167 467
ADACEL 55 55 168 212
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 54 54 169 222
IMIPRAMINE HCL 54 54 R 169 446
CIPRODEX 54 54 169 515
COLCRYS 52 51 172 192
MINOXIDIL 51 51 173 398
FLECTOR 51 46 173 230
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.