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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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33,505Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 29 out of 6645

$3.2M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 26 out of 6645

1,021 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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

14% of this provider’s 1,021 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 31,132 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

47% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$95 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,360 1,280 1 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 1,063 989 2 12
OMEPRAZOLE 978 879 3 6
CARVEDILOL 944 856 4 25
DIOVAN 886 832 5 19
LIDODERM 845 800 6 53
LOVAZA 798 772 7 68
RANITIDINE HCL 785 736 8 51
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 783 756 9 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 695 673 10 14
CELEBREX 626 610 11 54
BYSTOLIC 573 560 12 110
METFORMIN HCL 559 482 13 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 555 495 14 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 531 488 15 22
CLOPIDOGREL 513 495 16 36
ACARBOSE 504 463 10 17 211
ALCOHOL PREP PADS 464 431 10 18 330
JANUVIA 442 404 19 38
ACTONEL 422 420 20 92
LOVASTATIN 375 339 21 15
EXFORGE 373 357 22 155
PLAVIX 362 346 23 49
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 354 339 24 81
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 347 319 25 26
CRESTOR 339 308 26 34
SINGULAIR 338 313 27 76
WELCHOL 337 322 10 28 199
AVODART 326 314 29 99
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 317 303 30 66
GABAPENTIN 294 242 31 18
FINASTERIDE 275 249 32 73
JANUMET 271 267 33 132
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 267 247 34 55
GEMFIBROZIL 258 220 35 96
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 239 234 36 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 237 225 37 29
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 229 206 38 120
SIMVASTATIN 229 205 38 1
TRILIPIX 219 197 40 178
PROAIR HFA 216 202 41 32
FUROSEMIDE 211 199 42 11
ULORIC 204 190 43 227
ACTOS 201 192 44 71
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 200 185 S3 45 5
BENICAR 185 180 46 84
VESICARE 180 168 47 148
ALLOPURINOL 179 166 48 31
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 173 167 49 262
CLONIDINE HCL 171 167 50 56
NAMENDA 169 167 51 41
CREON 167 159 52 114
DONEPEZIL HCL 167 167 52 27
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 160 148 54 128
URSODIOL 159 143 55 349
GLIMEPIRIDE 158 151 56 47
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 151 141 57 228
MEGACE ES 150 149 R 10 58 382
NAPROXEN 148 103 59 88
LYRICA 145 144 60 127
NEXIUM 145 145 60 40
MIRTAZAPINE 145 145 60 70
MECLIZINE HCL 142 138 63 122
UNIFINE PENTIPS 142 120 63 467
LIPITOR 137 134 65 69
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 131 124 66 237
FAMOTIDINE 130 124 67 33
DIOVAN HCT 127 115 68 64
PATANOL 126 113 69 131
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 123 112 70 222
AZOR 122 107 71 152
RANEXA 119 114 72 276
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 118 118 73 147
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 117 112 74 24
LUNESTA 110 108 75 287
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 110 91 75 4
HYDROXYZINE HCL 108 104 R 77 161
PROCTOZONE-HC 106 104 78 243
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 106 88 R 78 117
CYMBALTA 105 82 80 78
HYDRALAZINE HCL 104 101 81 77
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 104 90 81 139
VOLTAREN 104 101 81 108
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 103 90 84 52
MEGESTROL ACETATE 102 97 R 85 104
ATENOLOL 101 71 86 8
BENAZEPRIL HCL 99 97 87 21
TRAMADOL HCL 97 91 88 30
OLANZAPINE 96 94 89 140
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 94 73 R 90 95
DEXILANT 93 90 91 102
COLCRYS 91 78 92 192
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 88 79 S3 93 80
ATELVIA 88 88 93 91
BONIVA 84 82 95 191
CHLORTHALIDONE 84 84 95 180
METFORMIN HCL ER 84 78 95 89
LISINOPRIL 83 50 98 3
MUPIROCIN 83 77 98 294
PRANDIN 83 76 98 240
RAPAFLO 83 79 98 246
RESTASIS 79 79 102 311
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 79 70 R 102 184
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 77 65 104 67
SPIRIVA 75 69 105 65
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 74 59 106 177
CILOSTAZOL 72 72 107 202
BARACLUDE 71 55 108 432
NASONEX 71 71 108 126
SYMBICORT 70 69 110 153
ADVAIR DISKUS 68 58 111 45
ZENPEP 65 65 112 210
BENICAR HCT 64 64 113 158
PROLIA 64 61 113 359
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 63 59 115 13
AZITHROMYCIN 63 59 115 44
AGGRENOX 63 60 115 282
LACTULOSE 61 59 118 125
CROMOLYN SODIUM 60 55 119 331
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 56 44 R 120 157
SEROQUEL 55 55 121 208
NATEGLINIDE 53 53 122 220
NITROSTAT 53 39 122 193
EXELON 53 52 122 149
ONGLYZA 53 53 122 168
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 53 44 122 214
IMIPRAMINE HCL 52 52 R 127 446
COREG CR 52 52 127 242
FELODIPINE ER 50 50 129 105
LIVALO 50 50 129 274
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 March 25, 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.