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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,098Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 89 out of 6645

$1.34M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 177 out of 6645

719 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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

8% of this provider’s 719 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 23,334 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,161 1,126 1 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 1,030 1,018 2 10
METFORMIN HCL 903 860 3 7
SIMVASTATIN 893 841 4 1
ATENOLOL 846 837 5 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 759 712 6 9
CRESTOR 723 686 7 34
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 604 595 8 4
OMEPRAZOLE 503 498 9 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 473 473 10 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 442 442 11 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 434 434 12 22
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 427 410 13 29
FUROSEMIDE 382 382 14 11
BENAZEPRIL HCL 377 377 15 21
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 371 341 16 75
NEXIUM 351 333 17 40
LIPITOR 314 298 18 69
GABAPENTIN 311 301 19 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 306 289 20 17
BENICAR 288 288 21 84
JANUVIA 280 277 22 38
CLOPIDOGREL 279 278 23 36
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 265 260 24 62
LISINOPRIL 265 225 24 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 264 258 26 24
DIOVAN 262 255 27 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 257 257 28 16
ALLOPURINOL 241 241 29 31
MELOXICAM 217 205 30 46
DONEPEZIL HCL 214 214 31 27
ZETIA 204 183 32 87
CLONIDINE HCL 200 200 33 56
IBUPROFEN 196 195 34 42
PLAVIX 182 182 35 49
NITROSTAT 179 178 36 193
TRAMADOL HCL 159 157 37 30
GLIPIZIDE 155 145 38 23
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 153 152 39 52
CELEBREX 152 152 40 54
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 151 151 41 66
LIDODERM 150 147 42 53
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 149 149 43 14
CREON 142 142 44 114
GLIMEPIRIDE 141 130 45 47
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 139 135 46 55
DEXILANT 136 122 47 102
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 128 119 48 86
ACIPHEX 123 123 49 167
CARVEDILOL 119 119 50 25
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 118 118 51 20
LABETALOL HCL 117 106 52 226
PAROXETINE HCL 113 105 53 72
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 109 108 54 97
ADVAIR DISKUS 107 107 55 45
TRAZODONE HCL 106 69 56 60
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 104 104 57 28
ONGLYZA 99 99 58 168
VOLTAREN 98 98 59 108
AZITHROMYCIN 93 89 60 44
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 92 92 S3 61 80
TERAZOSIN HCL 92 87 61 48
CITALOPRAM HBR 91 86 63 35
GLYBURIDE 88 88 R 64 58
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 84 75 65 26
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 84 84 65 109
PROAIR HFA 82 70 67 32
ALCOHOL PREP PADS 80 80 68 330
BENICAR HCT 79 79 69 158
AZOR 79 76 69 152
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 76 73 71 67
NAMENDA 76 76 71 41
FINASTERIDE 75 75 73 73
FAMOTIDINE 75 75 73 33
PREDNISONE 74 74 75 57
NASONEX 72 70 76 126
ACTOS 70 61 77 71
HYDROXYZINE HCL 68 68 R 78 161
DIGOXIN 67 67 79 59
ACTONEL 67 67 79 92
DIOVAN HCT 64 64 81 64
LANSOPRAZOLE 62 62 82 163
AVODART 62 62 82 99
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 62 58 S3 82 5
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 62 61 82 116
VESICARE 61 61 86 148
RANITIDINE HCL 59 59 87 51
RANEXA 59 59 87 276
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 59 59 87 81
MIRTAZAPINE 57 45 90 70
SPIRONOLACTONE 53 53 91 85
ZENPEP 53 53 91 210
BYSTOLIC 52 52 93 110
MICARDIS 52 49 93 232
BUSPIRONE HCL 50 50 95 207
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.