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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,045Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 80 out of 6969

$1.16M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 109 out of 6969

364 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
99% 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

3% of this provider’s 364 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 15,808 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

39% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

55 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 901 710 1 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 580 508 2 16
SIMVASTATIN 567 397 3 1
METFORMIN HCL 549 429 4 7
GLIMEPIRIDE 540 434 5 44
OMEPRAZOLE 493 334 6 6
DIOVAN HCT 470 381 7 57
MELOXICAM 470 361 7 36
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 426 320 9 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 420 285 10 14
NEXIUM 405 325 11 52
DIOVAN 369 271 12 26
NAPROXEN 367 259 13 62
ATENOLOL 358 251 14 9
FUROSEMIDE 345 313 15 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 336 295 16 5
CELEBREX 311 265 17 67
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 301 248 18 11
BENAZEPRIL HCL 301 242 18 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 300 229 20 13
MECLIZINE HCL 299 242 21 100
TAMSULOSIN HCL 299 273 21 23
CLONIDINE HCL 234 194 23 59
ADVAIR DISKUS 227 197 24 45
CARVEDILOL 226 172 25 25
PAROXETINE HCL 220 112 26 65
PLAVIX 215 193 27 68
ZETIA 208 153 28 98
LANTUS 207 146 29 50
IBUPROFEN 200 142 30 29
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 200 184 30 53
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 192 166 32 56
CRESTOR 192 168 32 39
TRAMADOL HCL 178 170 34 27
FAMOTIDINE 172 124 35 37
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 160 136 36 91
DEXILANT 157 108 37 110
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 157 115 37 78
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 148 104 39 8
SERTRALINE HCL 146 99 40 38
VOLTAREN 142 127 41 105
INSULIN SYRINGE 139 99 42 60
DONEPEZIL HCL 138 130 43 32
LIPITOR 137 106 44 89
JANUVIA 135 107 45 41
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 135 132 45 31
LOVASTATIN 134 85 47 15
LIDODERM 131 115 48 75
SINGULAIR 130 114 49 84
KLOR-CON 8 130 118 49 104
NAMENDA 130 127 49 51
ALCOHOL SWABS 129 92 52 273
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 127 114 53 55
GABAPENTIN 119 97 54 17
VESICARE 111 104 55 163
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 110 94 56 30
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 108 74 R 57 92
COREG CR 101 79 58 252
PROAIR HFA 100 55 59 33
TRICOR 97 97 60 143
BONIVA 94 88 61 198
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 89 68 62 93
LANSOPRAZOLE 87 67 63 171
CLOPIDOGREL 82 59 64 48
LISINOPRIL 82 69 64 2
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 75 62 66 81
VENTOLIN HFA 74 61 67 125
AVODART 73 48 68 108
ACIPHEX 70 70 69 181
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 68 37 R 70 87
LOVAZA 67 60 71 77
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 67 60 71 126
CYMBALTA 66 32 73 72
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 65 51 74 12
DETROL LA 60 45 75 223
RAMIPRIL 56 28 76 112
FENOFIBRATE 55 55 77 63
BUPROPION HCL SR 54 29 78 195
GLYBURIDE 53 17 R 79 54
NITROSTAT 53 40 79 210
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 52 31 81 165
AGGRENOX 51 42 82 270
CILOSTAZOL 50 39 83 208
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. 27, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.