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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,250Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 248 out of 6645

$949K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 358 out of 6645

667 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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

12% of this provider’s 667 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

32% of this provider’s 667 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 13,754 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

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,068 750 S3 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 691 605 2 1
METFORMIN HCL 541 475 3 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 493 438 4 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 443 408 5 2
OMEPRAZOLE 432 351 6 6
FUROSEMIDE 400 362 7 11
ATENOLOL 359 307 8 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 340 299 9 13
LISINOPRIL 315 277 10 3
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 262 205 11 29
WARFARIN SODIUM 241 151 12 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 222 139 13 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 213 190 14 12
BENAZEPRIL HCL 212 192 15 21
GABAPENTIN 197 133 16 18
CARISOPRODOL 194 85 R 17 94
IBUPROFEN 187 169 18 42
GLIMEPIRIDE 184 163 19 47
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 160 135 20 10
CARVEDILOL 152 127 21 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 145 143 22 22
GLIPIZIDE 139 130 23 23
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 138 117 24 52
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 138 127 24 14
SPIRONOLACTONE 133 132 26 85
FAMOTIDINE 130 100 27 33
CELEBREX 125 97 28 54
CITALOPRAM HBR 122 112 29 35
PROAIR HFA 119 96 30 32
INSULIN SYRINGE 117 89 31 61
CLOPIDOGREL 116 115 32 36
ADVAIR DISKUS 115 86 33 45
TRAMADOL HCL 114 90 34 30
TRAZODONE HCL 112 56 35 60
LOVASTATIN 111 98 36 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 102 36 9
ACTOS 110 96 38 71
FINASTERIDE 110 110 38 73
ALLOPURINOL 109 57 40 31
FLUOXETINE HCL 108 91 41 63
PROPRANOLOL HCL 106 95 42 151
AZITHROMYCIN 106 86 42 44
CEPHALEXIN 105 78 44 111
CYMBALTA 103 48 45 78
NAMENDA 96 96 46 41
LANTUS 96 92 46 50
CRESTOR 95 68 48 34
LIDODERM 94 64 49 53
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 92 74 50 249
GLYBURIDE 92 61 R 50 58
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 91 78 52 24
GLIPIZIDE ER 91 71 52 239
BACLOFEN 90 34 54 100
MIRTAZAPINE 89 88 55 70
DONEPEZIL HCL 88 88 56 27
PAROXETINE HCL 83 50 57 72
NAPROXEN 82 50 58 88
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 79 75 59 75
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 78 69 60 129
ESTRADIOL 77 69 R 61 165
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 76 53 62 198
RAMIPRIL 76 76 62 118
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 75 61 64 175
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 74 61 65 241
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 72 47 R 66 117
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 71 71 67 187
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 69 66 68 28
TERAZOSIN HCL 69 64 68 48
NEXIUM 68 45 70 40
PLAVIX 68 67 70 49
TIZANIDINE HCL 67 47 72 290
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 67 51 72 55
MELOXICAM 66 51 74 46
RANITIDINE HCL 65 46 75 51
BUPROPION HCL 65 28 75 470
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 65 65 75 81
LEVOXYL 63 63 78 136
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 63 28 S2 78 124
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 63 56 S2 78 213
DIOVAN 62 62 81 19
OXYCONTIN 59 39 S2 82 236
PROMETHAZINE HCL 57 49 R 83 219
DICYCLOMINE HCL 55 29 84 278
CAPTOPRIL 54 50 85 221
SYNTHROID 53 46 86 79
FENTANYL 52 30 S2 87 141
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 51 44 88 67
LORAZEPAM 50 50 89 189
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 Jan. 30, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.