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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,996Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 117 out of 6645

$2.47M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 54 out of 6645

481 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
99% 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

24% of this provider’s 481 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 18,660 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

49% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$112 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

46 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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 1,056 880 1 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,042 866 2 2
CYMBALTA 677 550 3 78
BYSTOLIC 483 431 4 110
JANUVIA 474 398 5 38
CARVEDILOL 447 351 6 25
FUROSEMIDE 443 406 7 11
QUINAPRIL HCL 443 402 10 7 270
VOLTAREN 408 351 9 108
WARFARIN SODIUM 378 313 10 16
LIPITOR 375 337 11 69
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 293 244 12 29
DONEPEZIL HCL 290 289 13 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 284 257 14 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 262 235 15 4
NAMENDA 253 253 16 41
OMEPRAZOLE 246 212 17 6
GLIMEPIRIDE 240 195 18 47
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 239 177 S3 19 5
MIRTAZAPINE 217 197 20 70
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 209 188 S3 21 80
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 201 171 22 81
BENICAR HCT 199 154 23 158
SERTRALINE HCL 197 166 24 43
LYRICA 196 143 25 127
TRIBENZOR 193 184 26 257
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 186 166 27 12
SINGULAIR 180 154 28 76
JANUMET 176 132 29 132
GABAPENTIN 173 151 30 18
LIDODERM 171 148 31 53
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 165 130 32 13
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 164 144 33 121
HYDRALAZINE HCL 164 135 33 77
CLOPIDOGREL 161 142 35 36
NEXIUM 160 132 36 40
ALLOPURINOL 158 131 37 31
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 153 124 38 26
DEXILANT 150 128 39 102
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 149 111 40 237
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 149 124 40 24
KOMBIGLYZE XR 143 126 42 297
FAMOTIDINE 138 132 43 33
ADVAIR DISKUS 136 128 44 45
KETOCONAZOLE 126 112 45 196
TRAMADOL HCL 126 107 45 30
PEN NEEDLE 124 102 47 159
ABILIFY 123 93 48 204
ONGLYZA 123 101 48 168
CELEBREX 122 100 50 54
LEVEMIR 120 106 51 272
PLAVIX 119 95 52 49
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 119 96 52 241
BENAZEPRIL HCL 118 106 54 21
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 115 96 55 222
LEVETIRACETAM 115 76 55 119
TOVIAZ 112 101 57 556
TAMSULOSIN HCL 112 93 57 22
RAMIPRIL 108 90 59 118
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 106 92 60 66
MELOXICAM 106 103 60 46
AZOR 103 101 62 152
TRAZODONE HCL 99 82 63 60
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 97 88 64 128
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 97 85 64 17
HUMALOG 95 61 66 137
SIMVASTATIN 90 79 67 1
BENICAR 88 84 68 84
CLONIDINE 88 78 68 308
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 87 75 70 120
SPIRONOLACTONE 85 64 71 85
SPIRIVA 85 82 71 65
METFORMIN HCL ER 85 68 71 89
NOVOLOG 83 83 74 144
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 82 78 75 112
DETROL LA 81 80 76 260
EXELON 81 81 76 149
ZETIA 80 75 78 87
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 79 65 79 62
BYETTA 76 51 80 486
TRAVATAN Z 75 75 81 342
CRESTOR 75 65 81 34
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 74 35 83 156
NASONEX 68 56 84 126
METOLAZONE 67 42 85 337
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 67 58 85 250
TEKTURNA 67 52 85 264
ACTOS 65 54 88 71
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 63 28 89 395
METFORMIN HCL 63 54 89 7
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 63 44 89 86
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 62 59 92 55
NATEGLINIDE 61 58 93 220
JANUMET XR 60 48 10 94 696
DIOVAN 60 60 94 19
GLIPIZIDE 60 57 94 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 59 47 97 28
PROAIR HFA 59 51 97 32
AMIODARONE HCL 58 46 99 160
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 56 53 100 147
DALIRESP 55 55 101 408
AMMONIUM LACTATE 55 39 101 266
QUINAPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 49 101 719
ACIPHEX 54 46 104 167
LEVOFLOXACIN 54 51 104 83
ARICEPT 52 52 106 442
TRICOR 52 48 106 138
TERAZOSIN HCL 50 38 108 48
ULORIC 50 50 108 227
RISPERIDONE 50 40 108 93
ACARBOSE 50 27 108 211
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.