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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,776Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1316 out of 6645

$427K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1509 out of 6645

497 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
64%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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

8% of this provider’s 497 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 497 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 5,375 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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
LISINOPRIL 456 346 1 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 297 167 S3 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 291 244 3 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 267 197 4 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 261 201 5 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 237 207 6 4
OMEPRAZOLE 199 113 7 6
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 180 98 8 26
METFORMIN HCL 161 99 9 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 135 96 10 12
GABAPENTIN 124 77 11 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 115 89 12 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 111 97 13 24
ATENOLOL 106 72 14 8
FUROSEMIDE 102 68 15 11
PROAIR HFA 94 70 16 32
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 93 66 17 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 88 68 18 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 77 49 19 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 73 54 20 28
DIOVAN 69 67 21 19
CARISOPRODOL 67 24 R 22 94
TAMSULOSIN HCL 62 38 23 22
CRESTOR 60 49 24 34
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 60 36 S2 24 124
IBUPROFEN 55 45 26 42
FLUOXETINE HCL 54 40 27 63
RANITIDINE HCL 54 43 27 51
BENAZEPRIL HCL 54 41 27 21
CARVEDILOL 54 43 27 25
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 53 26 31 143
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 53 39 31 20
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 Aug. 11, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.