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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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26,247Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 68 out of 6645

$1.49M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 139 out of 6645

694 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% 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

6% of this provider’s 694 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 694 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 20,168 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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 1,118 952 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 845 709 2 6
FUROSEMIDE 684 561 3 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 642 406 S3 4 5
METFORMIN HCL 610 456 5 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 599 462 6 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 574 417 7 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 547 454 8 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 547 506 8 16
BENAZEPRIL HCL 522 438 10 21
LISINOPRIL 520 416 11 3
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 475 401 12 29
TRAMADOL HCL 441 331 13 30
CARVEDILOL 370 269 14 25
LANTUS 354 269 15 50
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 343 258 16 10
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 342 289 17 112
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 339 281 18 156
CLONIDINE HCL 306 244 19 56
DONEPEZIL HCL 294 269 20 27
HEPARIN SODIUM 292 220 21 248
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 279 185 22 17
JANUVIA 270 223 23 38
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 257 219 24 28
LEVETIRACETAM 254 144 25 119
HYDRALAZINE HCL 248 185 26 77
GLYBURIDE 246 200 R 27 58
GABAPENTIN 243 178 28 18
FAMOTIDINE 235 159 29 33
ATENOLOL 224 176 30 8
CLOPIDOGREL 203 158 31 36
SODIUM CHLORIDE 203 155 31 216
HUMULIN R 203 143 31 209
NEXIUM 197 128 34 40
NAMENDA 193 193 35 41
NOVOLOG 189 152 36 144
DIOVAN 177 125 37 19
MEGESTROL ACETATE 174 160 R 38 104
LIPITOR 170 114 39 69
CRESTOR 164 133 40 34
KLOR-CON M20 158 143 41 203
DIGOXIN 157 135 42 59
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 154 116 43 120
MIRTAZAPINE 150 109 44 70
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 147 128 45 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 145 109 46 24
PLAVIX 143 111 47 49
AMIODARONE HCL 142 117 48 160
GLIPIZIDE 137 100 49 23
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 136 116 50 238
TAMSULOSIN HCL 134 106 51 22
NAPROXEN 131 113 52 88
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 126 112 53 14
GEMFIBROZIL 125 80 54 96
SPIRONOLACTONE 119 93 55 85
NIFEDIPINE ER 117 111 56 82
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 116 88 57 9
HUMALOG 114 88 58 137
TRAZODONE HCL 114 67 58 60
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 112 88 60 86
NOVOLIN R 110 80 61 142
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 109 74 62 172
PREDNISONE 108 94 63 57
SANTYL 106 80 64 302
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 102 63 65 66
VALPROIC ACID 98 57 66 285
FENOFIBRATE 97 36 67 74
AGGRENOX 97 97 67 282
LEVOFLOXACIN 97 74 67 83
MELOXICAM 95 68 70 46
IBUPROFEN 94 50 71 42
CELEBREX 93 77 72 54
ALLOPURINOL 91 80 73 31
VANCOMYCIN HCL 87 75 74 374
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 86 66 75 116
GLIMEPIRIDE 86 72 75 47
RISPERIDONE 86 62 75 93
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 85 79 78 75
PAROXETINE HCL 84 63 79 72
BACLOFEN 84 38 79 100
SEROQUEL 82 34 81 208
RENVELA 82 27 81 258
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 80 49 83 113
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 80 56 S3 83 80
HYDROXYZINE HCL 79 61 R 85 161
FINASTERIDE 78 77 86 73
SERTRALINE HCL 78 58 86 43
ACTOS 77 77 88 71
INSULIN SYRINGE 77 59 88 61
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 76 52 90 134
PHENYTOIN 76 23 90 355
RANITIDINE HCL 75 46 92 51
LACTULOSE 72 44 93 125
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 71 45 94 26
COMBIVENT 70 41 95 174
FLUOXETINE HCL 69 32 96 63
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 64 33 97 179
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 64 50 97 55
KLOR-CON 8 63 25 99 123
TRICOR 63 27 99 138
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 63 49 99 200
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 63 54 99 101
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 62 41 103 601
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 61 53 104 20
ADVAIR DISKUS 60 41 105 45
LANSOPRAZOLE 57 52 106 163
LOVASTATIN 57 49 106 15
ABILIFY 56 32 108 204
CYMBALTA 56 51 108 78
BUSPIRONE HCL 53 20 110 207
CITALOPRAM HBR 52 24 111 35
SINGULAIR 50 32 112 76
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 Aug. 29, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.