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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,116Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1279 out of 6969

$512K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 563 out of 6969

320 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
5% 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 320 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 5,638 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$84 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 298 260 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 248 219 2 1
LISINOPRIL 244 217 3 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 194 184 4 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 186 186 5 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 184 179 6 19
VYTORIN 125 109 7 148
SYNTHROID 117 117 8 94
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 104 98 9 12
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 99 87 10 31
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 97 93 11 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 93 89 S3 12 3
GABAPENTIN 86 84 13 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 82 76 14 16
FUROSEMIDE 81 73 15 10
CRESTOR 80 77 16 39
JANUVIA 75 74 17 41
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 72 63 18 30
BENAZEPRIL HCL 71 71 19 18
CARVEDILOL 66 64 20 25
METFORMIN HCL ER 65 60 21 82
METFORMIN HCL 60 49 22 7
FAMOTIDINE 59 48 23 37
ZETIA 59 55 23 98
GUANFACINE HCL 57 44 R 25 378
LOVASTATIN 56 56 26 15
ALLOPURINOL 54 52 27 35
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 54 54 27 14
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 53 49 29 24
NAMENDA 50 47 30 51
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 Sept. 23, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.