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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,714Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 55 out of 1571

$740K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 109 out of 1571

572 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
23% 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

6% of this provider’s 572 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 9,463 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $99 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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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 806 680 1 1
METFORMIN HCL 738 606 2 9
LEVOXYL 706 633 3 147
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 464 421 4 8
GLIPIZIDE ER 435 394 10 5 300
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 410 384 6 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 315 295 7 26
LISINOPRIL 296 259 8 5
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 275 234 9 123
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 275 238 9 77
GLIPIZIDE 258 228 11 53
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 255 230 12 17
INSULIN SYRINGE 222 196 13 124
ATENOLOL 205 196 14 15
JANUMET 196 174 15 200
METHIMAZOLE 195 170 16 305
CARVEDILOL 194 151 17 10
LOVASTATIN 190 179 18 33
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 170 132 19 367
FUROSEMIDE 152 150 20 7
SYNTHROID 149 133 21 59
LANTUS 134 121 22 65
GABAPENTIN 132 122 23 12
GLIPIZIDE XL 122 110 24 430
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 115 114 25 425
HUMULIN 70-30 114 100 26 356
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 104 90 27 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 96 96 28 16
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 95 95 29 149
PEN NEEDLE 92 88 30 128
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 78 31 315
OMEPRAZOLE 88 68 32 4
ALLOPURINOL 87 71 33 36
HUMALOG MIX 50-50 72 55 34 493
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 69 69 R 35 117
NIFEDIPINE ER 68 53 36 78
TAMSULOSIN HCL 67 67 37 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 64 64 S3 38 3
JANUVIA 63 49 39 50
BENAZEPRIL HCL 56 56 40 32
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 56 40 18
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 55 47 42 392
DIOVAN HCT 51 51 43 64
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.