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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,932Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2032 out of 6645

$295K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2577 out of 6645

587 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
6% 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

5% of this provider’s 587 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 587 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 5,648 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 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
LOVASTATIN 397 395 1 15
ATENOLOL 347 331 2 8
LISINOPRIL 282 269 3 3
SIMVASTATIN 228 220 4 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 188 178 5 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 184 182 S3 6 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 178 167 7 2
METFORMIN HCL 154 145 8 7
FUROSEMIDE 151 146 9 11
OMEPRAZOLE 147 145 10 6
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 144 140 11 37
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 134 130 12 13
GLIPIZIDE 130 125 13 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 129 121 14 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 124 122 15 12
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 122 116 16 26
NABUMETONE 113 109 17 190
LEVOTHROID 110 108 18 39
FAMOTIDINE 94 91 19 33
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 92 70 S2 20 150
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 89 85 21 4
QVAR 89 81 21 103
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 82 75 23 10
PROAIR HFA 78 65 24 32
ZOSTAVAX 78 77 24 115
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 67 63 26 17
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 65 63 27 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 65 65 27 14
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 65 65 27 143
ALLOPURINOL 64 64 30 31
TERAZOSIN HCL 59 59 31 48
CITALOPRAM HBR 53 47 32 35
DIGOXIN 52 50 33 59
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.