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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Gastroenterology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,772Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 992

$3.67M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 992

1,892 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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

2% of this provider’s 1,892 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 13,417 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

54% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 33%.

Prescription Price

$248 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $139 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

8 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 4.


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
RANITIDINE HCL 2,955 2,701 10 1 7
DEXILANT 1,891 1,774 10 2 5
NEXIUM 956 891 3 4
BARACLUDE 543 436 10 4 23
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 542 451 5 2
MOVIPREP 529 473 10 6 6
ACIPHEX 525 495 10 7 40
VIREAD 467 401 10 8 27
AMITIZA 452 419 10 9 43
CREON 448 422 10 16
SUCRALFATE 436 427 10 11 15
KRISTALOSE 413 404 10 12 108
PROCTOZONE-HC 389 344 10 13 77
OMEPRAZOLE 274 230 14 1
ZENPEP 244 232 15 44
URSODIOL 239 218 16 34
LACTULOSE 231 224 17 38
GABAPENTIN 189 182 18 48
MEGACE ES 173 167 R 10 19 134
PROCTOSOL-HC 172 159 10 20 106
DICYCLOMINE HCL 133 123 21 24
METRONIDAZOLE 112 102 22 83
WELCHOL 108 101 23 84
LANSOPRAZOLE 106 102 24 28
PEGASYS PROCLICK 100 63 10 25 212
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 96 81 26 215
HYDROXYZINE HCL 94 85 R 27 177
MEGESTROL ACETATE 85 85 R 28 82
RIBAPAK 79 55 10 29 227
HALFLYTELY-BISACODYL 76 65 30 37
CELEBREX 73 73 31 36
PEGASYS 66 57 32 119
TAMSULOSIN HCL 62 62 33 42
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 59 50 34 111
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 53 47 35 76
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 Jan. 13, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.