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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,696Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 28 out of 1571

$888K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 81 out of 1571

213 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
0% 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

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 13,377 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

39% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $99 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

69 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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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
TRAMADOL HCL 668 604 1 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 550 476 2 16
NEXIUM 532 455 3 39
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 427 382 4 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 418 392 5 2
SIMVASTATIN 391 356 6 1
IBUPROFEN 391 340 6 44
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 374 326 8 8
CRESTOR 345 313 9 25
DIOVAN HCT 345 306 9 64
MELOXICAM 334 299 11 49
GABAPENTIN 300 274 12 12
DIOVAN 288 256 13 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 262 262 14 24
ATENOLOL 257 230 15 15
ADVAIR DISKUS 233 221 16 43
PAROXETINE HCL 230 215 17 100
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 225 197 18 77
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 210 195 19 55
MECLIZINE HCL 210 205 19 162
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 194 194 21 17
OMEPRAZOLE 193 183 22 4
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 175 163 23 22
LANSOPRAZOLE 173 162 24 182
METFORMIN HCL ER 172 165 25 108
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 160 160 26 51
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 158 156 R 27 178
BUSPIRONE HCL 152 123 28 205
BACLOFEN 150 150 29 120
ZETIA 148 124 30 73
VOLTAREN 146 141 31 114
CELEBREX 146 145 31 71
FUROSEMIDE 141 124 33 7
PROAIR HFA 140 130 34 63
AZITHROMYCIN 135 116 35 58
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 128 128 36 135
ALLOPURINOL 124 112 37 36
RIVASTIGMINE 122 122 38 356
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 119 103 39 6
LIPITOR 103 98 40 67
PLAVIX 95 93 41 28
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 93 82 42 93
METFORMIN HCL 91 91 43 9
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 90 77 44 23
GLYBURIDE 90 90 R 44 99
DEXILANT 87 76 46 91
GEMFIBROZIL 84 76 47 142
TRICOR 77 67 48 264
SINGULAIR 73 65 49 88
CLOPIDOGREL 72 60 50 21
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 71 61 51 232
LIDODERM 70 58 52 95
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 69 69 53 27
MEGESTROL ACETATE 69 69 R 53 145
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 69 68 53 104
ACTOS 65 65 56 92
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 65 61 56 26
KETOCONAZOLE 65 64 56 188
BENAZEPRIL HCL 65 62 56 32
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 63 62 60 143
LEXAPRO 62 49 61 257
TAMSULOSIN HCL 61 51 62 11
CARVEDILOL 59 47 63 10
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 58 53 64 41
DETROL LA 58 57 64 246
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 57 52 66 38
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 55 55 67 172
LOVAZA 55 42 67 90
SERTRALINE HCL 54 36 69 52
NASONEX 52 36 70 163
VYTORIN 52 50 70 224
PATANOL 51 40 72 175
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.