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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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28,336Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 55 out of 6645

$1.92M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 90 out of 6645

648 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

4% of this provider’s 648 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 648 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 27,588 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

37% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

44 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,044 992 1 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 1,043 1,017 2 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,029 1,012 3 2
ATENOLOL 919 911 4 8
CRESTOR 868 841 5 34
SIMVASTATIN 723 718 6 1
OMEPRAZOLE 691 636 7 6
FUROSEMIDE 658 652 8 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 633 593 9 9
NEXIUM 522 521 10 40
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 502 488 11 13
CLOPIDOGREL 427 427 12 36
DIOVAN HCT 414 414 13 64
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 414 413 13 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 404 403 15 16
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 400 386 16 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 378 371 17 17
GABAPENTIN 373 365 18 18
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 351 346 19 62
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 351 340 19 12
CARVEDILOL 345 342 21 25
DIOVAN 330 330 22 19
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 321 321 23 66
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 303 299 24 28
LIPITOR 300 280 25 69
TAMSULOSIN HCL 294 286 26 22
BENICAR 285 284 27 84
ZETIA 265 264 28 87
LISINOPRIL 265 229 28 3
PLAVIX 259 259 30 49
LIDODERM 256 256 31 53
VOLTAREN 237 234 32 108
GLIMEPIRIDE 236 223 33 47
METFORMIN HCL 229 214 34 7
BENAZEPRIL HCL 225 223 35 21
ADVAIR DISKUS 223 220 36 45
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 217 197 37 24
LUNESTA 215 212 38 287
ULORIC 214 214 39 227
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 214 209 S3 39 5
LABETALOL HCL 214 199 39 226
NAMENDA 206 206 42 41
DEXILANT 203 201 43 102
DONEPEZIL HCL 192 192 44 27
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 174 164 45 86
HYDRALAZINE HCL 171 154 46 77
ALLOPURINOL 168 167 47 31
MIRTAZAPINE 161 160 48 70
BENICAR HCT 161 151 48 158
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 153 153 50 75
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 147 140 51 20
TRAMADOL HCL 141 140 52 30
SINGULAIR 136 134 53 76
FAMOTIDINE 136 135 53 33
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 132 132 55 200
GLYBURIDE 130 130 R 56 58
SPIRIVA 125 125 57 65
JANUVIA 124 124 58 38
ACIPHEX 123 123 59 167
GLIPIZIDE 121 121 60 23
JANUMET 118 118 61 132
SERTRALINE HCL 113 112 62 43
NITROSTAT 111 109 63 193
AVODART 107 107 64 99
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 107 104 64 52
CLONIDINE HCL 107 93 64 56
PROAIR HFA 100 100 67 32
FLECTOR 100 100 67 230
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 93 88 69 128
CREON 92 92 70 114
DIGOXIN 92 92 70 59
SOLARAZE 91 88 72 394
BYSTOLIC 91 89 72 110
BUSPIRONE HCL 90 89 74 207
CYMBALTA 90 90 74 78
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 89 87 76 67
RANITIDINE HCL 88 88 77 51
KLOR-CON 8 88 88 77 123
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 86 84 79 55
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 86 81 79 26
ACTOS 85 77 81 71
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 85 82 81 176
IBUPROFEN 82 80 83 42
VYTORIN 82 82 83 170
NYSTATIN 81 74 85 234
SYNTHROID 80 78 86 79
SPIRONOLACTONE 78 75 87 85
CLONIDINE 77 71 88 308
NIASPAN 75 72 89 164
ACTONEL 75 75 89 92
COLCRYS 75 75 89 192
VESICARE 74 74 92 148
LANSOPRAZOLE 73 73 93 163
PAROXETINE HCL 73 70 93 72
TERAZOSIN HCL 73 73 93 48
CELEBREX 71 71 96 54
FELODIPINE ER 67 67 97 105
LIDOCAINE 67 67 97 325
NASONEX 66 66 99 126
RAMIPRIL 65 65 100 118
PRADAXA 65 62 100 247
VERAPAMIL ER 64 55 102 154
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 64 64 102 121
AZITHROMYCIN 64 64 102 44
AMIODARONE HCL 61 61 105 160
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 58 56 106 187
NYSTOP 57 53 107 348
ALCOHOL PREP PADS 57 57 107 330
LEXAPRO 56 53 109 218
XOPENEX HFA 55 55 110 345
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 53 53 111 97
CITALOPRAM HBR 53 53 111 35
FINASTERIDE 51 51 113 73
EXFORGE 50 48 114 155
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 50 50 114 101
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.