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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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31,630Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 39 out of 6645

$1.22M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 215 out of 6645

940 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
37%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

10% of this provider’s 940 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 13,659 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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 2,389 921 10 1 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,763 478 2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,561 1,037 3 2
LISINOPRIL 1,525 582 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 1,417 426 5 6
METFORMIN HCL 1,178 452 6 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 616 280 7 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 593 342 8 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 575 292 9 13
SIMVASTATIN 573 215 10 1
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 508 85 11 121
FUROSEMIDE 505 285 12 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 500 296 13 12
IBUPROFEN 468 149 14 42
FAMOTIDINE 459 180 15 33
GLIPIZIDE 427 217 16 23
FENOFIBRATE 370 40 17 74
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 350 257 18 81
WARFARIN SODIUM 324 206 19 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 314 143 20 28
CARVEDILOL 297 212 21 25
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 290 172 S3 22 5
BENAZEPRIL HCL 289 151 23 21
MELOXICAM 251 116 24 46
LEVETIRACETAM 248 69 25 119
NIASPAN 241 41 26 164
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 234 62 27 129
DIOVAN 232 175 28 19
VESICARE 231 95 29 148
DONEPEZIL HCL 226 180 30 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 222 129 31 17
NAMENDA 203 157 32 41
GABAPENTIN 199 125 33 18
CEPHALEXIN 190 59 34 111
JANUVIA 188 107 35 38
RANITIDINE HCL 188 45 35 51
CARBAMAZEPINE 187 19 37 224
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 185 66 38 113
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 184 101 39 20
MIRTAZAPINE 184 115 39 70
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 182 62 R 41 188
CRESTOR 181 64 42 34
ALLOPURINOL 177 122 43 31
ATENOLOL 177 77 43 8
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 161 83 45 29
MUPIROCIN 158 45 46 294
TAMSULOSIN HCL 155 106 47 22
TRICOR 151 28 48 138
GLIMEPIRIDE 148 66 49 47
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 148 71 49 55
RISPERIDONE 143 62 51 93
AZITHROMYCIN 141 59 52 44
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 140 65 53 9
PROAIR HFA 139 69 54 32
SPIRIVA 139 16 54 65
FLOVENT HFA 135 38 56 293
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 131 0 57 120
LOVAZA 126 0 58 68
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 122 64 59 101
SERTRALINE HCL 122 68 59 43
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 120 73 61 112
LANTUS 119 110 62 50
MEGESTROL ACETATE 118 55 R 63 104
GEMFIBROZIL 118 11 63 96
DETROL LA 114 38 65 260
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 113 62 66 67
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 110 54 67 24
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 102 23 68 179
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 102 43 68 134
SINGULAIR 102 24 68 76
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 101 29 71 172
LACTULOSE 101 40 71 125
NAPROXEN 101 35 71 88
LIPITOR 98 41 74 69
VENTOLIN HFA 98 16 74 146
EXELON 95 41 76 149
BACLOFEN 92 39 77 100
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 90 43 78 116
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 90 27 78 177
CLOPIDOGREL 88 69 80 36
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 88 57 80 156
HYDROXYZINE HCL 86 33 R 82 161
OLANZAPINE 85 39 83 140
HYDROCORTISONE 82 16 84 229
TRAZODONE HCL 82 43 84 60
PROPRANOLOL HCL 79 0 86 151
PREDNISONE 77 46 87 57
NEXIUM 73 21 88 40
DIGOXIN 72 67 89 59
SEROQUEL 70 47 90 208
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 70 43 90 139
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 67 0 92 273
BUSPIRONE HCL 66 0 93 207
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 66 31 93 75
AMOXICILLIN 66 22 93 107
CLOZAPINE 66 0 93 375
AVODART 65 52 97 99
ADVAIR DISKUS 64 29 98 45
KLOR-CON 10 63 20 99 145
KETOCONAZOLE 61 13 100 196
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 60 0 101 26
PLAVIX 57 46 102 49
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 57 13 102 128
TRAMADOL HCL 56 44 104 30
GLYBURIDE 55 13 R 105 58
ACTOS 54 26 106 71
CLONIDINE HCL 54 15 106 56
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 52 20 108 97
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 52 0 108 447
HALOPERIDOL 50 0 110 303
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 13, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.