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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,658Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 610 out of 6645

$1.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 293 out of 6645

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

4% of this provider’s 327 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 11,484 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

48% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$90 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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 683 674 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 665 651 2 2
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 623 615 3 14
NEXIUM 487 475 4 40
TAMSULOSIN HCL 462 453 5 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 407 405 6 10
ATELVIA 395 395 7 91
DIOVAN 370 370 8 19
JANUMET 306 306 9 132
DIOVAN HCT 299 297 10 64
CELEBREX 243 240 11 54
EVISTA 229 229 12 90
METFORMIN HCL 215 212 13 7
OMEPRAZOLE 207 202 14 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 206 200 15 12
CREON 192 192 16 114
ACTONEL 176 176 17 92
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 172 172 18 81
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 152 152 19 62
EXFORGE 150 150 20 155
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 143 143 21 147
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 140 137 R 22 95
JANUVIA 137 137 23 38
LIDODERM 134 134 24 53
CLOPIDOGREL 133 133 25 36
ATENOLOL 132 128 26 8
NIFEDIPINE ER 130 128 27 82
PLAVIX 127 127 28 49
AVODART 126 126 29 99
BONIVA 119 119 30 191
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 119 118 30 24
CRESTOR 111 111 32 34
DONEPEZIL HCL 107 107 33 27
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 105 105 34 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 104 104 35 17
LOVAZA 100 100 36 68
LOVASTATIN 96 88 37 15
GABAPENTIN 96 96 37 18
IBUPROFEN 94 93 39 42
TRICOR 83 83 40 138
MELOXICAM 76 76 41 46
LIPITOR 76 76 41 69
LEVOFLOXACIN 75 72 43 83
BENICAR 72 67 44 84
BENICAR HCT 67 64 45 158
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 64 61 46 4
RANITIDINE HCL 62 61 47 51
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 56 54 48 55
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 54 54 49 357
DEXILANT 52 52 50 102
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 51 51 51 120
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 50 52 314
AZITHROMYCIN 50 50 52 44
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.