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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,812Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 161 out of 6645

$1.85M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 99 out of 6645

420 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% 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

7% of this provider’s 420 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 19,354 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

52% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$93 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

47 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
SIMVASTATIN 566 536 1 1
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 544 539 2 24
ATELVIA 534 521 3 91
NEXIUM 532 507 4 40
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 525 520 5 2
CRESTOR 463 460 6 34
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 451 451 7 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 444 437 8 22
CELEBREX 419 418 9 54
LIDODERM 416 415 10 53
CREON 383 373 11 114
DONEPEZIL HCL 382 377 12 27
DIOVAN 371 369 13 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 364 338 14 10
OMEPRAZOLE 343 342 15 6
CARVEDILOL 328 300 16 25
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 308 288 17 4
NAMENDA 297 297 18 41
METFORMIN HCL 290 276 19 7
RANITIDINE HCL 285 285 20 51
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 282 270 21 12
DEXILANT 262 257 22 102
CLOPIDOGREL 262 260 22 36
TRIBENZOR 249 242 24 257
JANUMET 249 249 24 132
RANEXA 243 243 26 276
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 228 227 27 17
PLAVIX 217 215 28 49
DIOVAN HCT 209 209 29 64
NIFEDIPINE ER 202 172 30 82
ATENOLOL 199 184 31 8
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 188 187 R 32 95
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 181 181 33 13
LOVAZA 169 162 34 68
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 167 166 35 29
ACIPHEX 160 160 36 167
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 157 153 37 86
VOLTAREN 155 155 38 108
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 153 153 39 81
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 152 152 40 147
EVISTA 144 144 41 90
GABAPENTIN 136 130 42 18
BENICAR 135 132 43 84
SERTRALINE HCL 130 130 44 43
LYRICA 128 126 45 127
LISINOPRIL 123 103 46 3
MELOXICAM 123 123 46 46
SINGULAIR 119 119 48 76
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 117 117 49 9
AFEDITAB CR 112 112 50 386
ZENPEP 107 107 51 210
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 106 106 52 62
BENAZEPRIL HCL 104 95 53 21
AZOR 103 103 54 152
WARFARIN SODIUM 100 100 55 16
CLONIDINE HCL 99 94 56 56
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 99 95 56 14
MECLIZINE HCL 99 97 56 122
BENICAR HCT 96 92 59 158
ZETIA 96 92 59 87
GLIMEPIRIDE 95 95 61 47
LIPITOR 93 82 62 69
AVODART 91 91 63 99
FENOFIBRATE 90 89 64 74
WELCHOL 89 84 65 199
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 87 87 66 97
NIASPAN 82 82 67 164
ACTONEL 82 82 67 92
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 81 81 69 66
COREG CR 79 79 70 242
CILOSTAZOL 79 79 70 202
ALLOPURINOL 79 78 70 31
FUROSEMIDE 77 77 73 11
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 71 69 74 55
BONIVA 70 70 75 191
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 68 65 S3 76 5
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 66 66 77 128
LEXAPRO 65 64 78 218
ACTOS 64 64 79 71
VESICARE 64 53 79 148
FINASTERIDE 63 63 81 73
DICYCLOMINE HCL 61 61 82 278
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 60 60 83 222
PREMARIN 59 59 R 84 169
ENABLEX 58 58 85 301
AGGRENOX 55 55 86 282
ZOSTAVAX 54 51 87 115
JANUVIA 52 51 88 38
LANTUS 51 42 89 50
AMIODARONE HCL 50 50 90 160
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 May 16, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.