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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,748Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 267 out of 6645

$1.02M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 305 out of 6645

480 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
92% 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 480 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 15,453 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

42% 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

35 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 691 667 1 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 581 561 2 10
LIDODERM 581 550 2 53
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 545 516 4 14
SIMVASTATIN 535 483 5 1
ACTONEL 516 516 6 92
METFORMIN HCL 487 425 7 7
CELEBREX 472 448 8 54
AMOXICILLIN 434 386 9 107
PATANOL 405 383 10 131
OMEPRAZOLE 387 359 11 6
NEXIUM 323 276 12 40
NIFEDIPINE ER 290 268 13 82
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 286 256 14 9
ATENOLOL 283 262 15 8
DIOVAN 244 210 16 19
LANSOPRAZOLE 237 229 17 163
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 227 207 18 55
IBUPROFEN 220 173 19 42
TAMSULOSIN HCL 211 201 20 22
LISINOPRIL 209 197 21 3
FLUOCINONIDE 201 187 22 130
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 189 176 10 23 214
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 189 155 S3 23 80
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 179 173 25 12
GLYBURIDE 178 153 R 26 58
AMPICILLIN TRIHYDRATE 176 167 27 327
CLOPIDOGREL 173 171 28 36
PLAVIX 173 163 28 49
HYDROXYZINE HCL 163 147 R 30 161
AZITHROMYCIN 159 152 31 44
TERAZOSIN HCL 157 155 32 48
SINGULAIR 148 139 33 76
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 147 130 34 29
PREDNISONE 144 128 35 57
MEGESTROL ACETATE 143 143 R 36 104
CRESTOR 140 129 37 34
PROAIR HFA 138 121 38 32
MELOXICAM 136 122 39 46
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 133 127 40 215
DIOVAN HCT 123 123 41 64
GABAPENTIN 122 106 42 18
GEMFIBROZIL 120 104 43 96
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 120 107 43 75
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 110 82 45 4
NASONEX 110 110 45 126
FUROSEMIDE 97 86 47 11
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 97 97 47 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 96 96 49 27
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 95 95 50 66
ADVAIR DISKUS 94 89 51 45
COMBIVENT 89 71 52 174
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 89 84 52 128
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 88 82 54 13
GLIPIZIDE 88 76 54 23
BENAZEPRIL HCL 87 66 56 21
CEPHALEXIN 85 80 57 111
LOVAZA 84 69 58 68
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 83 69 59 17
TRICOR 82 82 60 138
CARVEDILOL 80 80 61 25
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 74 62 62 97
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 72 72 63 24
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 72 72 S3 63 5
MECLIZINE HCL 71 69 65 122
LIPITOR 69 64 66 69
ALLOPURINOL 67 67 67 31
HYDROCORTISONE 66 65 68 229
RANITIDINE HCL 64 56 69 51
VOLTAREN 64 64 69 108
WARFARIN SODIUM 63 60 71 16
MICARDIS HCT 58 58 72 299
LOVASTATIN 56 56 73 15
SOTALOL 52 52 74 332
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 51 51 75 52
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 April 18, 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.