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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,814Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 102 out of 6645

$1.4M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 156 out of 6645

739 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% 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

10% of this provider’s 739 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 21,340 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 1,067 1,021 1 12
SIMVASTATIN 1,052 962 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 872 838 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 779 709 4 6
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 652 624 5 14
METFORMIN HCL 508 457 6 7
GLIMEPIRIDE 476 456 7 47
PATANOL 417 402 8 131
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 366 349 9 55
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 364 345 10 109
ATENOLOL 364 305 10 8
CARVEDILOL 363 363 12 25
AMOXICILLIN 352 311 13 107
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 337 325 14 97
PATADAY 332 316 15 183
TAMSULOSIN HCL 327 321 16 22
FENOFIBRATE 312 301 17 74
AZITHROMYCIN 295 260 18 44
NEXIUM 279 272 19 40
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 259 256 20 10
LISINOPRIL 247 226 21 3
PROAIR HFA 245 234 22 32
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 242 216 23 26
DIOVAN 241 236 24 19
MELOXICAM 241 224 24 46
CELEBREX 199 192 26 54
FLUOCINONIDE 197 183 27 130
ADVAIR DISKUS 195 183 28 45
GABAPENTIN 190 165 29 18
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 179 116 S3 30 5
CRESTOR 173 164 31 34
LATANOPROST 168 167 32 320
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 158 147 33 29
BENAZEPRIL HCL 158 142 33 21
LOPERAMIDE 150 143 35 281
TRAMADOL HCL 146 133 36 30
CLOPIDOGREL 142 142 37 36
DONEPEZIL HCL 141 141 38 27
IBUPROFEN 139 122 39 42
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 138 138 40 13
ALLOPURINOL 138 137 40 31
AMPICILLIN TRIHYDRATE 132 128 42 327
VOLTAREN 131 121 43 108
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 127 122 44 228
SINGULAIR 126 125 45 76
ZOSTAVAX 125 120 46 115
FINASTERIDE 115 113 47 73
DIOVAN HCT 115 110 47 64
FUROSEMIDE 114 111 49 11
CEPHALEXIN 114 107 49 111
VENTOLIN HFA 113 107 51 146
NATEGLINIDE 112 111 52 220
JANUVIA 112 110 52 38
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 108 105 54 215
ONGLYZA 108 97 54 168
BENICAR 107 95 56 84
LOVASTATIN 106 105 57 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 106 96 57 17
LUMIGAN 104 103 59 445
PREDNISONE 103 89 60 57
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 103 97 60 112
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 101 101 R 62 95
PLAVIX 99 99 63 49
LIDODERM 98 95 64 53
LIPITOR 97 84 65 69
ATELVIA 97 97 65 91
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 79 67 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 96 87 67 4
RESTASIS 95 94 69 311
CREON 93 92 70 114
LANTUS 93 73 70 50
VYTORIN 92 92 72 170
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 91 79 73 24
PREDNISOLONE ACETATE 90 88 74 487
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 88 88 75 62
COMBIGAN 87 87 76 592
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 80 80 77 658
GLIPIZIDE 80 80 77 23
BACLOFEN 77 77 79 100
RAMIPRIL 76 76 80 118
AZOPT 76 70 80 664
TRAVATAN Z 75 75 82 342
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 75 65 S3 82 80
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-DEXAMETH 75 74 82 390
CLONIDINE HCL 71 71 85 56
MECLIZINE HCL 70 68 86 122
LOVAZA 70 61 86 68
ACTONEL 68 68 88 92
MEGESTROL ACETATE 67 67 R 89 104
ACTOS 65 59 90 71
ZETIA 64 64 91 87
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 62 57 92 321
NAPROXEN 62 59 92 88
HYDRALAZINE HCL 61 55 94 77
VERAPAMIL ER 61 61 94 154
MIRTAZAPINE 55 39 96 70
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 53 52 97 128
PROCTOZONE-HC 52 50 98 243
ACTOPLUS MET 52 48 98 275
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 50 42 100 67
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.