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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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27,400Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 60 out of 6645

$2.41M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 56 out of 6645

673 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%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

43% of this provider’s 673 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 18,108 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

41% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$88 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,982 1,225 S3 1 5
CARVEDILOL 1,369 997 2 25
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,310 914 3 2
GLIMEPIRIDE 856 595 4 47
DIOVAN 823 604 5 19
CRESTOR 818 579 6 34
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 714 530 7 10
OMEPRAZOLE 640 399 8 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 599 388 9 4
METFORMIN HCL 523 315 10 7
DIOVAN HCT 457 347 11 64
ALLOPURINOL 457 312 11 31
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 439 321 13 26
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 405 273 14 9
BENAZEPRIL HCL 347 167 15 21
ADVAIR DISKUS 339 235 16 45
RANITIDINE HCL 324 173 17 51
CELEBREX 315 275 18 54
NASONEX 314 179 19 126
SPIRIVA 313 198 20 65
FLUOCINONIDE 299 233 21 130
LIPITOR 299 240 21 69
SPIRONOLACTONE 292 186 23 85
WARFARIN SODIUM 279 219 24 16
FUROSEMIDE 273 202 25 11
GABAPENTIN 267 170 26 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 260 109 27 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 260 203 27 22
CLOPIDOGREL 252 206 29 36
JANUVIA 241 178 30 38
BENICAR 217 118 31 84
MELOXICAM 216 134 32 46
DEXILANT 215 149 33 102
NEXIUM 213 147 34 40
BYSTOLIC 212 150 35 110
SYMBICORT 208 137 36 153
SIMVASTATIN 207 117 37 1
PLAVIX 205 183 38 49
CYMBALTA 189 93 39 78
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 181 112 40 134
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 176 133 41 12
INSULIN SYRINGE 174 100 42 61
PROAIR HFA 166 95 43 32
AZITHROMYCIN 163 114 44 44
VERAMYST 152 88 10 45 521
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 151 91 46 120
LANTUS 151 92 46 50
BUMETANIDE 150 128 48 267
BENICAR HCT 144 97 49 158
LEVEMIR 141 123 50 272
NIASPAN 140 80 51 164
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 138 118 52 222
LACTULOSE 137 101 53 125
FENOFIBRATE 127 62 54 74
ONGLYZA 124 83 55 168
AVODART 123 110 56 99
ACIPHEX 120 77 57 167
PREMARIN 116 37 R 58 169
EXFORGE 114 84 59 155
CEPHALEXIN 112 75 60 111
FLUOXETINE HCL 110 33 61 63
LOVASTATIN 109 68 62 15
RAMIPRIL 108 86 63 118
LOVAZA 103 52 64 68
COUMADIN 94 66 65 333
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 90 0 66 113
TRILIPIX 86 34 67 178
LISINOPRIL 84 40 68 3
PREDNISONE 83 49 69 57
SOTALOL 82 69 70 332
NAPROXEN 82 30 70 88
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 82 63 S3 70 80
CLONIDINE HCL 81 49 73 56
SEROQUEL XR 80 18 74 343
SILVER SULFADIAZINE 79 34 75 595
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 77 54 76 29
AZELASTINE HCL 76 31 77 341
TRAMADOL HCL 72 54 78 30
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 70 51 79 370
LEVETIRACETAM 70 22 79 119
LYRICA 70 30 79 127
SUCRALFATE 68 40 82 256
VENTOLIN HFA 65 43 83 146
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 64 45 84 86
OLANZAPINE 63 20 85 140
RISPERIDONE 63 25 85 93
COMBIVENT 62 35 87 174
SINGULAIR 62 49 87 76
DONEPEZIL HCL 62 54 87 27
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 58 46 90 67
CHLORTHALIDONE 57 34 91 180
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 57 34 91 14
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 57 17 91 101
ABILIFY 56 19 94 204
COREG CR 56 56 94 242
SERTRALINE HCL 55 28 96 43
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 53 41 97 66
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 38 98 314
TRAZODONE HCL 50 17 99 60
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 Feb. 28, 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.