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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,813Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 215 out of 6645

$1.32M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 184 out of 6645

474 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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

4% of this provider’s 474 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 474 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 14,748 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$74 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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
SIMVASTATIN 833 723 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 700 602 2 2
TRAMADOL HCL 409 355 3 30
OMEPRAZOLE 404 366 4 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 374 235 5 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 366 350 6 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 340 274 7 4
METFORMIN HCL 326 216 8 7
FUROSEMIDE 315 283 9 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 299 164 S3 10 5
COMBIVENT 274 169 11 174
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 271 234 12 24
ADVAIR DISKUS 255 244 13 45
GLIMEPIRIDE 230 198 14 47
NAMENDA 215 202 15 41
GLIPIZIDE 209 184 16 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 202 185 17 22
BENAZEPRIL HCL 198 158 18 21
ALLOPURINOL 196 160 19 31
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 195 178 20 13
LISINOPRIL 190 140 21 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 187 142 22 28
GABAPENTIN 185 133 23 18
DIOVAN 181 175 24 19
EXELON 181 176 24 149
RISPERIDONE 179 147 26 93
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 177 153 27 9
LANTUS 173 126 28 50
CARVEDILOL 172 145 29 25
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 164 142 S3 30 80
PREDNISONE 155 120 31 57
SINGULAIR 153 145 32 76
CEPHALEXIN 147 130 33 111
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 141 109 34 55
FINASTERIDE 140 140 35 73
DONEPEZIL HCL 135 135 36 27
ATENOLOL 134 104 37 8
HYDRALAZINE HCL 130 92 38 77
TRAZODONE HCL 130 121 38 60
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 128 102 40 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 127 99 41 10
CRESTOR 126 126 42 34
FAMOTIDINE 126 78 42 33
DIGOXIN 123 119 44 59
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 113 112 45 14
MEGESTROL ACETATE 113 112 R 45 104
NOVOLOG 107 66 47 144
BENICAR 105 64 48 84
ACTOS 104 89 49 71
CLOPIDOGREL 104 96 49 36
BACLOFEN 103 74 51 100
PROAIR HFA 102 101 52 32
JANUVIA 94 76 53 38
HYDROXYZINE HCL 91 86 R 54 161
LEVETIRACETAM 90 47 55 119
HUMALOG 85 54 56 137
CLONIDINE HCL 85 74 56 56
COLCRYS 85 79 56 192
LEVEMIR 84 74 59 272
PLAVIX 82 76 60 49
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 80 72 61 101
LEVOFLOXACIN 79 61 62 83
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 77 64 63 17
MECLIZINE HCL 76 75 64 122
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 76 74 64 200
NOVOLIN R 75 71 66 142
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 73 56 67 20
KLOR-CON 8 70 62 68 123
PHENYTOIN 68 20 69 355
GLYBURIDE 67 56 R 70 58
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 66 56 71 128
QVAR 65 55 72 103
NIFEDIPINE ER 65 65 72 82
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 64 48 74 134
LOVASTATIN 64 55 74 15
AMOXICILLIN 63 57 76 107
PROMETHAZINE HCL 62 58 R 77 219
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 61 56 78 121
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 60 57 79 201
SODIUM CHLORIDE 60 32 79 216
AMIODARONE HCL 60 60 79 160
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 59 59 82 116
MIRTAZAPINE 59 59 82 70
BYSTOLIC 57 42 84 110
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 55 55 85 113
VALPROIC ACID 54 39 86 285
TERAZOSIN HCL 53 52 87 48
CITALOPRAM HBR 53 52 87 35
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 51 43 89 129
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 Oct. 26, 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.