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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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40,268Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 6645

$2.22M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 68 out of 6645

1,250 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
70% 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

6% of this provider’s 1,250 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 38,621 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

36% 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

32 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 2,889 2,783 10 1 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 1,685 1,613 10 2 12
SIMVASTATIN 1,524 1,436 3 1
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 1,453 1,399 4 14
ATENOLOL 1,282 1,223 5 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 1,168 1,116 6 20
DIOVAN 1,151 1,149 7 19
OMEPRAZOLE 803 722 8 6
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 785 751 R 10 9 95
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 736 700 10 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 717 678 11 4
LIDODERM 678 666 12 53
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 626 592 13 55
NIFEDIPINE ER 612 601 14 82
GLIMEPIRIDE 597 586 15 47
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 561 538 16 24
TAMSULOSIN HCL 556 547 17 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 506 482 18 17
LOVAZA 438 431 19 68
SINGULAIR 429 427 20 76
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 428 409 21 29
METFORMIN HCL 404 376 22 7
CARVEDILOL 400 392 23 25
NEXIUM 382 376 24 40
CEPHALEXIN 370 346 25 111
EVISTA 364 355 26 90
JANUVIA 361 361 27 38
PLAVIX 358 351 28 49
DONEPEZIL HCL 352 352 29 27
CLOPIDOGREL 344 330 30 36
BENAZEPRIL HCL 332 312 31 21
AFEDITAB CR 312 300 10 32 386
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 296 296 33 200
GABAPENTIN 293 286 34 18
ACTONEL 291 290 35 92
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 280 264 36 128
AMOXICILLIN 261 242 37 107
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 241 218 38 66
FINASTERIDE 233 217 39 73
VOLTAREN 230 230 40 108
GEMFIBROZIL 230 210 40 96
ALLOPURINOL 228 212 42 31
GLIPIZIDE 226 218 43 23
PATADAY 225 216 44 183
MELOXICAM 223 208 45 46
AZITHROMYCIN 221 201 46 44
FUROSEMIDE 218 218 47 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 217 206 48 9
LEVOFLOXACIN 213 203 49 83
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 210 191 50 26
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 206 205 51 13
BENICAR 191 189 52 84
FLUOCINONIDE 188 173 53 130
CREON 188 187 53 114
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 179 159 55 67
FELODIPINE ER 178 173 56 105
CRESTOR 177 177 57 34
CELEBREX 170 169 58 54
ACTOS 169 161 59 71
ZETIA 168 164 60 87
WARFARIN SODIUM 159 158 61 16
DEXILANT 157 155 62 102
ADVAIR DISKUS 157 136 62 45
PREDNISONE 153 152 64 57
LISINOPRIL 152 152 65 3
AVODART 152 152 65 99
NASONEX 149 148 67 126
LOVASTATIN 144 144 68 15
PROAIR HFA 142 138 69 32
COLCRYS 141 139 70 192
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 140 127 71 75
PATANOL 139 128 72 131
VYTORIN 137 135 73 170
FAMOTIDINE 134 131 74 33
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 134 130 74 176
PROCTOZONE-HC 133 130 76 243
TERAZOSIN HCL 131 123 77 48
CLONIDINE HCL 131 128 77 56
MOMETASONE FUROATE 124 119 79 292
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 123 123 80 28
PROPRANOLOL HCL 122 107 81 151
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 121 109 82 177
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 120 111 83 215
NIFEDIAC CC 120 120 83 231
LORAZEPAM 115 102 85 189
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 114 114 86 344
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 108 108 87 81
PREDNISOLONE 107 107 88 626
HYDROCORTISONE 105 102 89 229
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 102 94 90 214
LANSOPRAZOLE 102 101 90 163
HYDROXYZINE HCL 97 92 R 92 161
ROPINIROLE HCL 96 96 93 166
NATEGLINIDE 94 94 94 220
AMIODARONE HCL 93 91 95 160
VESICARE 92 92 96 148
MECLIZINE HCL 92 90 96 122
LIPITOR 88 88 98 69
SPIRIVA 86 74 99 65
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 82 78 S3 100 5
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 79 79 101 187
GLYBURIDE 78 78 R 102 58
ERYTHROMYCIN 77 62 103 559
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 73 104 62
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 76 69 104 97
ACYCLOVIR 74 69 106 206
MICARDIS 70 70 107 232
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 67 67 R 108 184
ACIPHEX 64 64 109 167
SYNTHROID 60 60 110 79
ZENPEP 58 58 111 210
RANITIDINE HCL 57 51 112 51
LACTULOSE 56 56 113 125
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 56 51 113 101
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 55 54 115 228
DIOVAN HCT 55 55 115 64
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 55 52 115 52
FLECTOR 54 54 118 230
ZOSTAVAX 54 46 118 115
CLARITHROMYCIN 51 47 120 424
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 51 51 120 147
NAMENDA 50 50 122 41
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 Feb. 23, 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.