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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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30,981Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 6969

$1.66M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 53 out of 6969

711 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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

5% of this provider’s 711 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 28,707 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

44 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,820 1,700 1 4
OMEPRAZOLE 1,431 1,342 2 6
METFORMIN HCL 1,386 1,248 3 7
SIMVASTATIN 1,348 1,230 4 1
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 1,120 1,095 5 14
LISINOPRIL 1,117 1,018 6 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 1,003 921 7 11
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 991 872 10 8 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 978 927 9 22
MELOXICAM 763 629 10 36
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 726 653 11 5
JANUMET 695 669 12 138
FUROSEMIDE 649 626 13 10
GLIMEPIRIDE 647 613 14 44
CRESTOR 621 570 15 39
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 608 540 16 19
ACTOS 604 568 10 17 61
JANUVIA 554 552 18 41
GABAPENTIN 523 474 19 17
DIOVAN HCT 514 502 20 57
PAROXETINE HCL 511 465 21 65
TRAMADOL HCL 495 428 22 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 470 438 23 23
DIOVAN 469 456 24 26
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 435 404 25 8
NEXIUM 405 392 26 52
LIPITOR 387 372 27 89
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 341 329 28 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 337 319 29 12
CARVEDILOL 327 305 30 25
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 286 263 31 53
SERTRALINE HCL 270 239 32 38
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 269 262 R 10 33 174
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 252 236 34 74
LANTUS 203 184 35 50
ATENOLOL 200 185 36 9
AVODART 194 189 37 108
TRICOR 194 194 37 143
HYDRALAZINE HCL 193 186 39 106
ADVAIR DISKUS 175 161 40 45
INSULIN SYRINGE 171 142 41 60
RAMIPRIL 161 128 42 112
WARFARIN SODIUM 160 149 43 20
FLUOXETINE HCL 142 128 44 43
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 142 117 44 24
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 138 125 46 56
FAMOTIDINE 131 131 47 37
DIGOXIN 130 130 48 71
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 127 103 49 31
MECLIZINE HCL 113 113 50 100
NATEGLINIDE 106 106 51 228
FENOFIBRATE 104 92 52 63
AZITHROMYCIN 102 96 53 42
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 100 100 54 81
ONGLYZA 99 99 55 164
NOVOLOG 97 79 56 166
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 90 87 S3 57 3
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 89 79 58 165
VESICARE 86 86 59 163
PROAIR HFA 85 81 60 33
NIASPAN 82 82 61 146
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 80 80 62 30
ENABLEX 79 78 63 299
CLOPIDOGREL 70 63 64 48
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 70 65 64 16
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 70 70 64 127
NASONEX 69 61 67 144
ZETIA 62 62 68 98
HYDROXYZINE HCL 61 48 R 69 159
GLIPIZIDE 60 60 70 21
CLONIDINE HCL 57 57 71 59
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 57 57 71 91
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 57 71 346
LOVASTATIN 56 56 74 15
SINGULAIR 56 43 74 84
ALLOPURINOL 53 51 76 35
ACTONEL 53 52 76 115
PATANOL 53 48 76 142
LEVOFLOXACIN 52 48 79 109
CELEBREX 51 38 80 67
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 51 50 80 55
PROCRIT 50 50 82 381
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 50 41 82 191
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 Feb. 1, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.