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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,886Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 211 out of 6645

$665K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 713 out of 6645

701 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
54% 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

6% of this provider’s 701 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

35% of this provider’s 701 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 12,484 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$37 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,351 786 S3 1 5
LISINOPRIL 927 695 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 673 535 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 528 454 4 4
OMEPRAZOLE 520 352 5 6
METFORMIN HCL 484 367 6 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 406 323 7 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 404 341 8 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 364 294 9 13
CARISOPRODOL 343 101 R 10 94
FUROSEMIDE 302 221 11 11
IBUPROFEN 299 167 12 42
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 284 171 13 17
GABAPENTIN 267 142 14 18
ATENOLOL 261 229 15 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 247 174 16 16
GLYBURIDE 243 191 R 17 58
LOVASTATIN 242 206 18 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 242 186 18 28
GEMFIBROZIL 242 151 18 96
CARVEDILOL 193 135 21 25
TRAMADOL HCL 192 123 22 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 181 148 23 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 181 150 23 22
PAROXETINE HCL 178 96 25 72
DIGOXIN 158 114 26 59
DONEPEZIL HCL 155 155 27 27
NAPROXEN 154 122 28 88
GLIPIZIDE 145 119 29 23
PROAIR HFA 144 101 30 32
MECLIZINE HCL 133 97 31 122
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 129 89 32 75
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 126 64 33 129
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 125 82 34 20
LANTUS 116 96 35 50
BENAZEPRIL HCL 114 94 36 21
CLOPIDOGREL 114 95 36 36
FLUOXETINE HCL 112 66 38 63
RANITIDINE HCL 111 50 39 51
FAMOTIDINE 103 82 40 33
CLONIDINE HCL 101 75 41 56
SERTRALINE HCL 99 61 42 43
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 98 83 43 10
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 94 91 44 81
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 91 80 45 52
ALPRAZOLAM 91 87 45 195
INDOMETHACIN 83 38 R 47 393
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 81 80 48 14
PLAVIX 79 70 49 49
NAMENDA 76 76 50 41
BACLOFEN 75 18 51 100
NIFEDIPINE ER 73 43 52 82
ADVAIR DISKUS 73 55 52 45
VENTOLIN HFA 72 41 54 146
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 68 48 55 143
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 67 55 56 12
TRAZODONE HCL 67 33 56 60
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 65 46 58 347
FENOFIBRATE 65 17 58 74
DIOVAN 65 64 58 19
NASONEX 63 39 61 126
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 62 43 62 55
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 62 55 62 179
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 62 23 62 172
OXYCODONE HCL 62 0 S2 62 162
NEXIUM 61 37 66 40
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 61 30 66 177
TERAZOSIN HCL 61 58 66 48
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 60 29 69 26
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 60 34 69 121
CITALOPRAM HBR 60 46 69 35
OLANZAPINE 59 0 72 140
ESTRADIOL 56 52 R 73 165
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 56 21 S3 73 80
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 56 42 73 134
CIMETIDINE 55 26 76 411
MEGESTROL ACETATE 53 53 R 77 104
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. 9, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.