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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Gastroenterology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,921Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 992

$541K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 35 out of 992

974 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 8,588 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

36% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 33%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $139 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 4.


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
OMEPRAZOLE 846 794 1 1
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 570 540 10 2 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 557 552 3 10
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 394 387 4 68
CELEBREX 338 334 5 36
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 290 289 6 31
NEXIUM 278 267 7 4
GAVILYTE-G 202 186 10 8 60
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 196 178 9 33
METFORMIN HCL 195 173 10 20
ATENOLOL 193 190 11 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 193 193 11 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 184 184 13 42
MELOXICAM 178 157 14 46
DIOVAN HCT 165 165 15 49
CREON 157 154 16 16
DIOVAN 155 153 17 35
LIDODERM 149 149 18 39
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 128 122 19 76
PLAVIX 108 108 20 47
FENOFIBRATE 108 104 20 176
AZITHROMYCIN 101 95 22 65
SINGULAIR 90 90 23 87
PEG 3350-ELECTROLYTE 87 81 24 13
GLYBURIDE 85 85 R 25 91
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 80 80 26 97
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 70 27 61
CLOPIDOGREL 72 72 28 41
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 71 71 29 54
LOVAZA 70 70 30 53
EVISTA 69 68 31 70
GAVILYTE-C 69 62 31 3
GLIPIZIDE 66 66 33 64
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 63 62 34 194
GEMFIBROZIL 63 62 34 184
MEGESTROL ACETATE 63 63 R 34 82
AMOXICILLIN 61 51 37 58
AVODART 60 60 38 89
PEG-3350 AND ELECTROLYTES 60 51 38 9
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 59 57 40 132
NIFEDIPINE ER 57 57 41 140
SIMVASTATIN 53 51 42 12
TRICOR 50 50 43 171
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 15, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.