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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Infectious Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,265Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 208

$4.31M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 208

200 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
21%Patients 65 Years and Older
61% 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

18% of this provider’s 200 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

49% of this provider’s 200 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 1,723 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

53% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 43%.

Prescription Price

$420 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $300 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

51 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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
TRUVADA 544 62 1 2
NORVIR 518 53 2 1
ACYCLOVIR 418 96 3 17
ISENTRESS 361 52 4 4
PREZISTA 353 31 5 7
EPZICOM 255 71 6 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 230 22 S3 7 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 226 29 8 14
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 205 30 9 21
VIRAMUNE XR 194 22 10 10 42
VALACYCLOVIR 181 59 11 41
REYATAZ 176 32 12 6
VIREAD 164 43 13 26
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 139 21 14 20
ANDROGEL 135 0 S3 15 30
INTELENCE 132 16 16 23
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 125 48 17 18
FINASTERIDE 117 31 18 131
ATRIPLA 116 0 19 16
OMEPRAZOLE 110 16 20 8
BUPROPION HCL SR 110 0 20 93
RANITIDINE HCL 104 17 22 48
TESTOSTERONE ENANTHATE 104 0 S3 10 22 168
LOVAZA 96 27 24 61
CRESTOR 96 28 24 58
TESTOSTERONE CYPIONATE 95 11 S3 26 60
GABAPENTIN 94 0 27 13
LISINOPRIL 83 23 28 5
FAMCICLOVIR 81 11 10 29 151
TRAZODONE HCL 80 0 30 38
OXANDROLONE 76 24 31 108
TESTIM 75 0 32 99
LOPERAMIDE 69 0 33 149
OXYCONTIN 65 32 S2 34 112
METHADONE HCL 63 0 S2 35 65
BUPROPION XL 59 0 36 156
LYRICA 58 0 37 78
MIRTAZAPINE 57 0 38 111
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 57 0 38 32
LIPITOR 56 0 40 128
LEXIVA 56 11 40 69
LAMOTRIGINE 55 0 42 222
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 55 12 42 12
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 55 0 42 72
ABILIFY 55 0 42 138
EGRIFTA 54 0 46 117
SELZENTRY 54 0 46 63
CREON 53 0 48 227
ZIAGEN 51 19 49 115
FENOFIBRATE 51 13 49 44
KALETRA 50 11 51 31
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 April 9, 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.