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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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30,562Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 42 out of 6645

$2.01M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 80 out of 6645

974 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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 974 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 29,693 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

36% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 1,088 1,035 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,000 992 2 2
DIOVAN 814 800 3 19
OMEPRAZOLE 806 778 4 6
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 742 732 5 14
ACTONEL 700 689 10 6 92
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 642 621 7 12
LIDODERM 625 612 8 53
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 585 570 9 10
SINGULAIR 572 572 10 76
METFORMIN HCL 562 547 11 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 557 551 12 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 545 524 13 22
CARVEDILOL 536 512 14 25
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 533 527 15 112
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 533 521 15 109
RANITIDINE HCL 467 451 17 51
CEPHALEXIN 463 448 18 111
WARFARIN SODIUM 442 421 19 16
SPIRIVA 441 427 20 65
ADVAIR DISKUS 421 418 21 45
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 411 411 22 66
PATANOL 382 373 23 131
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 372 369 24 128
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 360 352 25 29
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 341 337 10 26 176
DESOXIMETASONE 330 322 27 477
GLIPIZIDE 329 320 28 23
ATENOLOL 324 316 29 8
ROPINIROLE HCL 315 308 30 166
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 303 303 31 24
AVODART 297 295 32 99
CLOPIDOGREL 293 284 33 36
EPINASTINE HCL 273 266 10 34 431
AMMONIUM LACTATE 271 261 35 266
FUROSEMIDE 268 263 36 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 258 244 37 17
NEXIUM 253 253 38 40
NIFEDIPINE ER 247 238 39 82
BENAZEPRIL HCL 244 226 40 21
PLAVIX 232 226 41 49
JANUVIA 222 205 42 38
GABAPENTIN 212 195 43 18
SERTRALINE HCL 195 188 44 43
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 191 176 45 26
LEVOFLOXACIN 189 186 46 83
HYDROXYZINE HCL 183 182 R 47 161
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 179 177 48 28
PREDNISONE 176 174 49 57
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 174 161 50 200
LACTULOSE 170 166 51 125
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 169 156 52 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 168 167 53 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 163 163 54 9
PROAIR HFA 159 154 55 32
CLONIDINE HCL 151 149 56 56
CELEBREX 148 148 57 54
MEGESTROL ACETATE 142 141 R 58 104
CREON 142 139 58 114
LOVAZA 141 127 60 68
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 139 132 61 289
ZETIA 139 139 61 87
NASONEX 138 135 63 126
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 136 136 64 253
FAMOTIDINE 136 121 64 33
NAMENDA 135 135 66 41
DILTIAZEM HCL 132 126 67 351
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 129 125 68 55
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 117 117 69 147
PROCTOZONE-HC 117 115 69 243
SPIRONOLACTONE 104 96 71 85
TERAZOSIN HCL 103 103 72 48
NOVOLIN R 102 101 73 142
CRESTOR 99 99 74 34
ALLOPURINOL 97 84 75 31
TRAMADOL HCL 96 82 76 30
DIOVAN HCT 95 95 77 64
FINASTERIDE 94 94 78 73
SYMBICORT 93 91 79 153
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 89 85 80 116
VESICARE 88 83 81 148
LIPITOR 87 78 82 69
VOLTAREN 84 78 83 108
PROPRANOLOL HCL 81 81 84 151
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 76 65 85 175
MELOXICAM 74 72 86 46
KETOCONAZOLE 73 71 87 196
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 70 69 S3 88 80
CILOSTAZOL 68 68 89 202
AMIODARONE HCL 68 53 89 160
COLCRYS 68 68 89 192
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 67 67 92 75
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 66 61 93 214
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 65 65 94 215
GLIMEPIRIDE 65 65 94 47
MUPIROCIN 65 63 94 294
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 65 63 94 67
DEXILANT 64 64 98 102
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 60 58 99 185
OLANZAPINE 60 60 99 140
BONIVA 59 59 101 191
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 59 59 101 4
FLUOCINONIDE 58 58 103 130
AZITHROMYCIN 55 50 104 44
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 55 34 S3 104 5
RAPAFLO 55 55 104 246
MECLIZINE HCL 54 52 107 122
VENLAFAXINE HCL 53 48 108 388
DULERA 51 51 109 300
IBUPROFEN 50 46 110 42
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 Nov. 1, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.