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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,151Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 199 out of 6645

$1.22M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 216 out of 6645

496 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

8% of this provider’s 496 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 17,473 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

41% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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 1,145 1,101 1 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 1,111 1,074 2 10
DIOVAN 1,070 1,043 3 19
METFORMIN HCL 832 803 4 7
SIMVASTATIN 700 663 5 1
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 477 456 6 14
OMEPRAZOLE 424 418 7 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 363 349 8 24
ATENOLOL 355 339 9 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 326 318 10 12
FUROSEMIDE 283 278 11 11
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 268 258 12 29
CRESTOR 261 261 13 34
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 249 249 14 66
GABAPENTIN 248 228 15 18
JANUVIA 240 220 16 38
LISINOPRIL 218 215 17 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 217 216 18 4
ALLOPURINOL 211 207 19 31
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 209 205 20 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 189 168 21 13
GLIPIZIDE 187 166 22 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 177 170 23 22
BENAZEPRIL HCL 171 171 24 21
ACTONEL 170 170 25 92
FLUOCINONIDE 169 167 26 130
GLIMEPIRIDE 162 157 27 47
CARVEDILOL 159 159 28 25
LIPITOR 158 158 29 69
PROAIR HFA 154 154 30 32
ONGLYZA 153 153 31 168
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 144 130 32 17
EXFORGE 143 129 33 155
FINASTERIDE 134 133 34 73
SPIRIVA 131 129 35 65
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 128 125 36 9
SINGULAIR 120 117 37 76
COLCRYS 119 119 38 192
MECLIZINE HCL 119 119 38 122
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 114 111 40 55
CLOPIDOGREL 114 114 40 36
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 111 108 42 26
ADVAIR DISKUS 109 106 43 45
ACTOS 107 94 44 71
KLOR-CON 8 106 106 45 123
GLYBURIDE 106 87 R 45 58
LOVASTATIN 106 94 45 15
BENICAR 103 100 48 84
ZETIA 100 100 49 87
WARFARIN SODIUM 99 92 50 16
DIGOXIN 99 99 50 59
PREDNISONE 96 90 52 57
PLAVIX 95 95 53 49
FAMOTIDINE 91 90 54 33
ATELVIA 89 89 55 91
TRILIPIX 88 84 56 178
ACARBOSE 86 86 57 211
TERAZOSIN HCL 83 83 58 48
DIOVAN HCT 82 82 59 64
FOSAMAX PLUS D 81 81 10 60 563
VERAPAMIL ER 80 80 61 154
TRICOR 79 59 62 138
BYSTOLIC 78 78 63 110
PATANOL 76 76 64 131
TRAMADOL HCL 71 70 65 30
DONEPEZIL HCL 71 71 65 27
HYDRALAZINE HCL 70 51 67 77
NEXIUM 69 69 68 40
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 69 67 S3 68 5
AZITHROMYCIN 66 64 70 44
LIDODERM 64 63 71 53
VENTOLIN HFA 63 61 72 146
CLONIDINE HCL 60 60 73 56
LANSOPRAZOLE 58 47 74 163
LIVALO 57 57 75 274
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 57 38 S3 75 80
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 56 56 77 128
TRADJENTA 56 56 77 401
JALYN 55 55 79 354
NIFEDIPINE ER 55 51 79 82
AVODART 53 53 81 99
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 50 49 R 82 157
LOVAZA 50 37 82 68
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 March 7, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.