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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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27,140Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 62 out of 6645

$2.4M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 58 out of 6645

684 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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

26% of this provider’s 684 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 25,772 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

42% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$89 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 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
CELEBREX 1,205 1,175 1 54
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 865 835 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 653 620 3 6
LOVASTATIN 594 558 4 15
LIDODERM 572 556 5 53
ATENOLOL 562 532 6 8
AMOXICILLIN 536 499 7 107
METFORMIN HCL 530 492 8 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 489 479 9 10
BENAZEPRIL HCL 453 397 10 21
DIOVAN 446 446 11 19
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 429 406 12 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 423 412 13 22
SIMVASTATIN 370 320 14 1
GABAPENTIN 356 325 15 18
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 353 332 16 55
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 346 333 17 66
PATANOL 346 345 17 131
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 338 331 19 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 333 301 S3 20 5
ACTONEL 323 323 21 92
NASONEX 315 302 22 126
HYDROXYZINE HCL 301 280 R 23 161
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 296 294 24 97
NEXIUM 281 269 25 40
PROAIR HFA 275 274 26 32
AVODART 274 273 27 99
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 271 242 28 12
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 270 259 29 26
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 269 252 10 30 214
JANUVIA 257 249 31 38
BENICAR 251 217 32 84
SINGULAIR 237 225 33 76
DEXILANT 233 229 34 102
CRESTOR 229 220 35 34
ATELVIA 213 213 36 91
GLIMEPIRIDE 211 196 37 47
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 210 191 38 4
VIAGRA 205 180 39 335
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 204 200 40 81
CLOPIDOGREL 202 196 41 36
CROMOLYN SODIUM 199 193 42 331
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 196 175 S3 43 80
LOVAZA 190 190 44 68
RANITIDINE HCL 185 165 45 51
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 181 168 R 46 95
FAMOTIDINE 174 166 47 33
PLAVIX 173 164 48 49
LYRICA 171 170 49 127
ACTOS 170 170 50 71
MEGESTROL ACETATE 165 160 R 51 104
ADVAIR DISKUS 164 151 52 45
MECLIZINE HCL 157 151 53 122
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 155 152 54 177
ACIPHEX 154 152 55 167
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 148 129 56 24
SPIRIVA 148 147 56 65
COLCRYS 142 141 58 192
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 141 134 59 67
SINGLE USE SWAB 139 110 60 350
LIPITOR 138 130 61 69
GEMFIBROZIL 134 101 62 96
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 131 131 63 147
DONEPEZIL HCL 126 125 64 27
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 125 125 R 65 157
FINASTERIDE 123 117 66 73
MEGACE ES 122 119 R 67 382
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 121 120 68 29
LISINOPRIL 119 112 69 3
ALLOPURINOL 118 118 70 31
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 117 97 71 13
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 115 114 72 128
AMPICILLIN TRIHYDRATE 112 110 73 327
BYSTOLIC 106 105 74 110
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 103 90 75 9
LACTULOSE 102 101 76 125
GLIPIZIDE 95 71 77 23
FENOFIBRATE 94 86 78 74
CARVEDILOL 87 73 79 25
CLONIDINE HCL 85 75 80 56
CYPROHEPTADINE HCL 84 84 R 81 472
NAMENDA 84 84 81 41
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 81 81 83 344
TRICOR 81 79 83 138
DIOVAN HCT 80 77 85 64
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 79 77 86 52
EXFORGE 78 77 87 155
DICYCLOMINE HCL 77 75 88 278
AZITHROMYCIN 76 71 89 44
TEKTURNA 74 74 90 264
FUROSEMIDE 71 70 91 11
VOLTAREN 70 68 92 108
SYMBICORT 70 70 92 153
CIALIS 70 43 92 419
LORATADINE 69 60 95 250
VESICARE 66 66 96 148
WARFARIN SODIUM 66 55 96 16
LANTUS 65 53 98 50
AFEDITAB CR 65 59 98 386
MOMETASONE FUROATE 63 63 100 292
FLUOCINONIDE 62 62 101 130
AZOR 62 62 101 152
LEVEMIR 60 60 103 272
LOPERAMIDE 59 59 104 281
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 59 59 104 20
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 59 59 104 287
NIFEDIPINE ER 57 55 107 82
ACARBOSE 56 47 108 211
BONIVA 55 55 109 191
RESTASIS 55 53 109 311
MIRTAZAPINE 53 52 111 70
DIGOXIN 53 53 111 59
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 53 53 111 241
NITROSTAT 53 49 111 193
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 52 52 115 249
METHIMAZOLE 50 50 116 362
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 9, 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.