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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,333Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 640 out of 6645

$530K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1064 out of 6645

220 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98%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

5% of this provider’s 220 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 11,315 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

52 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
FUROSEMIDE 709 709 1 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 661 661 2 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 645 645 3 28
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 477 474 4 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 438 434 5 4
MIRTAZAPINE 340 340 6 70
OMEPRAZOLE 216 216 7 6
SIMVASTATIN 213 213 8 1
LANTUS 205 205 9 50
DIOVAN 200 200 10 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 173 173 11 2
OLANZAPINE 163 163 12 140
CLONIDINE HCL 162 162 13 56
LISINOPRIL 158 158 14 3
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 156 156 15 112
ATENOLOL 147 147 16 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 147 147 16 20
HUMALOG 146 146 18 137
CARVEDILOL 139 139 19 25
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 132 132 20 116
DIGOXIN 130 130 21 59
JANUVIA 124 124 22 38
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 123 123 23 55
TAMSULOSIN HCL 121 121 24 22
GLIPIZIDE 109 108 25 23
BENAZEPRIL HCL 106 106 26 21
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 106 106 26 12
PREDNISONE 97 97 28 57
BUSPIRONE HCL 95 95 29 207
CLOTRIMAZOLE 95 95 29 312
GLYBURIDE 91 91 R 31 58
SPS 86 86 32 538
CLOPIDOGREL 86 86 32 36
RISPERIDONE 84 84 34 93
FENTANYL 76 76 S2 35 141
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 75 75 36 10
METFORMIN HCL 74 74 37 7
SERTRALINE HCL 71 71 38 43
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 70 70 39 17
SINGULAIR 66 66 40 76
MEGESTROL ACETATE 65 65 R 41 104
LATANOPROST 65 65 41 320
HYDRALAZINE HCL 64 64 43 77
NATEGLINIDE 59 59 44 220
DONEPEZIL HCL 59 59 44 27
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 58 58 46 14
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 57 56 47 66
ABILIFY 57 57 47 204
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 56 56 R 49 188
ALLOPURINOL 54 54 50 31
GLIMEPIRIDE 54 54 50 47
RAMIPRIL 53 53 52 118
TRAMADOL HCL 52 52 53 30
PLAVIX 52 52 53 49
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 50 50 55 86
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.