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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,767Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 130 out of 6969

$585K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 421 out of 6969

593 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
60% 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
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this specialty
in California
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 593 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 593 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 14,359 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$37 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
LISINOPRIL 1,019 970 1 2
METFORMIN HCL 726 634 2 7
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 645 632 3 14
OMEPRAZOLE 644 568 4 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 613 567 5 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 573 545 6 13
SIMVASTATIN 493 421 7 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 481 441 8 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 426 374 S3 9 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 396 378 10 4
LOVASTATIN 389 375 11 15
GLIPIZIDE 377 340 12 21
SERTRALINE HCL 308 255 13 38
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 299 263 14 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 287 263 15 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 273 273 16 32
JANUVIA 270 238 17 41
GABAPENTIN 262 248 18 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 261 237 19 8
FELODIPINE ER 241 240 20 116
MIRTAZAPINE 229 214 21 76
ATENOLOL 216 194 22 9
BENAZEPRIL HCL 202 200 23 18
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 202 198 23 74
WARFARIN SODIUM 201 195 25 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 192 184 26 31
FUROSEMIDE 173 142 27 10
RANITIDINE HCL 173 164 27 46
HYDRALAZINE HCL 166 152 29 106
TAMSULOSIN HCL 153 153 30 23
FINASTERIDE 130 130 31 80
CHLORTHALIDONE 128 120 32 152
PAROXETINE HCL 122 115 33 65
LANTUS 118 88 34 50
NAMENDA 114 114 35 51
DIGOXIN 110 97 36 71
ACTOS 96 91 37 61
TRAMADOL HCL 89 89 38 27
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 88 81 39 24
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 87 79 40 140
CARVEDILOL 82 67 41 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 80 68 42 30
CLOPIDOGREL 79 64 43 48
NAPROXEN 75 69 44 62
PROAIR HFA 75 64 44 33
GLIPIZIDE ER 67 67 46 199
SPIRIVA 65 50 47 66
DIOVAN 64 55 48 26
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 62 59 49 81
GEMFIBROZIL 61 58 50 85
INSULIN SYRINGE 60 43 51 60
NIFEDIPINE ER 58 46 52 95
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 54 54 53 56
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 53 47 R 54 174
CLONIDINE HCL 52 47 55 59
ACARBOSE 50 43 56 246
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 Jan. 23, 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.