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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,522Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 193 out of 6645

$569K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 925 out of 6645

588 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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

5% of this provider’s 588 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 17,140 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$31 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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
LISINOPRIL 1,604 1,504 1 3
LOVASTATIN 1,518 1,416 10 2 15
ATENOLOL 1,423 1,376 3 8
FELODIPINE ER 1,011 943 10 4 105
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 1,002 934 5 9
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 896 880 6 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 866 813 7 4
METFORMIN HCL 836 755 8 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 502 468 9 2
SIMVASTATIN 489 406 10 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 441 378 11 12
FUROSEMIDE 399 388 12 11
ACTONEL 340 340 13 92
GLIPIZIDE 337 320 14 23
HYDRALAZINE HCL 329 302 15 77
OMEPRAZOLE 272 225 16 6
DIOVAN 226 224 17 19
BENAZEPRIL HCL 220 191 18 21
CITALOPRAM HBR 219 206 19 35
TAMSULOSIN HCL 216 193 20 22
ACTOS 201 181 21 71
CLONIDINE HCL 182 174 22 56
GLYBURIDE 179 179 R 23 58
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 178 152 24 81
IBUPROFEN 171 109 25 42
RANITIDINE HCL 161 157 26 51
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 145 132 27 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 144 144 28 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 132 99 29 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 128 97 30 17
PAROXETINE HCL 127 105 31 72
DILTIAZEM HCL 120 120 32 351
INSULIN SYRINGE 89 77 33 61
GABAPENTIN 86 82 34 18
CARVEDILOL 83 83 35 25
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 79 70 R 36 184
DIGOXIN 77 77 37 59
FINASTERIDE 77 77 37 73
JANUVIA 75 75 39 38
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 73 66 40 129
BENICAR 71 71 41 84
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 67 59 42 291
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 65 63 43 179
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 65 64 43 28
SPIRIVA 65 65 43 65
TRAZODONE HCL 59 49 46 60
LANTUS 57 54 47 50
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 57 57 47 200
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 56 52 49 29
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 56 52 S3 49 5
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 47 51 37
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. 24, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.