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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,769Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 401 out of 6645

$655K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 736 out of 6645

660 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
29% 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

16% of this provider’s 660 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 12,739 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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 679 599 1 1
LISINOPRIL 575 515 2 3
METFORMIN HCL 570 539 3 7
LOVASTATIN 481 470 4 15
FELODIPINE ER 439 403 5 105
BENAZEPRIL HCL 433 418 6 21
FUROSEMIDE 427 401 7 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 359 350 8 2
OMEPRAZOLE 357 350 9 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 338 318 10 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 319 285 11 13
ATENOLOL 306 285 12 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 295 287 S3 13 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 256 256 14 28
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 256 226 14 9
GLYBURIDE 193 188 R 16 58
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 183 183 17 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 182 147 18 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 170 150 19 17
DIOVAN 164 131 20 19
NIFEDIPINE ER 163 158 21 82
TRAMADOL HCL 149 143 22 30
GABAPENTIN 145 144 23 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 138 138 24 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 118 118 25 27
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 107 26 181
TAMSULOSIN HCL 108 106 27 22
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 104 103 28 52
VERAPAMIL ER 103 95 29 154
TERAZOSIN HCL 97 93 30 48
INSULIN SYRINGE 97 94 30 61
GLIPIZIDE 93 87 32 23
LANTUS 92 88 33 50
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 91 74 S3 34 80
TEMAZEPAM 90 76 35 269
CARVEDILOL 88 88 36 25
GEMFIBROZIL 81 69 37 96
ALLOPURINOL 76 64 38 31
SERTRALINE HCL 75 70 39 43
CLONIDINE HCL 74 72 40 56
NAMENDA 72 72 41 41
NAPROXEN 70 67 42 88
WARFARIN SODIUM 70 67 42 16
CLOPIDOGREL 68 68 44 36
PREDNISONE 67 63 45 57
LORAZEPAM 66 66 46 189
KLOR-CON 10 66 66 46 145
DIGOXIN 65 65 48 59
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 65 65 48 187
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 64 57 50 29
ADVAIR DISKUS 62 58 51 45
PLAVIX 61 61 52 49
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 60 39 53 97
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 58 55 54 67
LIPITOR 56 41 55 69
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 55 54 56 109
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 54 47 57 289
DIOVAN HCT 54 45 57 64
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 52 50 59 10
AMOXICILLIN 52 50 59 107
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 51 42 61 26
PREMARIN 50 50 R 62 169
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 Sept. 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.