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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,069Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 114 out of 6645

$2.22M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 69 out of 6645

534 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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

4% of this provider’s 534 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 21,114 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

51% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$100 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
LOVAZA 1,293 1,246 1 68
LIDODERM 675 659 2 53
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 667 631 3 2
CRESTOR 612 597 4 34
NEXIUM 499 495 5 40
AMOXICILLIN 475 442 6 107
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 458 450 7 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 454 422 8 10
SIMVASTATIN 411 376 9 1
OMEPRAZOLE 402 389 10 6
GLIMEPIRIDE 378 376 11 47
SINGULAIR 343 331 12 76
CELEBREX 341 334 13 54
ATELVIA 326 307 14 91
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 305 275 15 55
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 294 294 16 66
BENICAR 275 268 17 84
GABAPENTIN 268 262 18 18
DIOVAN 267 262 19 19
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 254 248 20 4
NIFEDIPINE ER 253 244 21 82
FLUOCINONIDE 239 213 22 130
AZITHROMYCIN 235 209 23 44
JANUMET 234 233 24 132
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 226 223 25 14
MELOXICAM 219 209 26 46
TAMSULOSIN HCL 219 205 26 22
METFORMIN HCL 217 199 28 7
PATANOL 213 202 29 131
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 212 208 30 17
JANUVIA 210 206 31 38
CLOPIDOGREL 208 203 32 36
PLAVIX 201 195 33 49
ACTONEL 193 193 34 92
VOLTAREN 183 183 35 108
ALLOPURINOL 175 171 36 31
DONEPEZIL HCL 173 173 37 27
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 170 167 38 12
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 164 155 39 67
ULORIC 158 151 40 227
ATENOLOL 157 137 41 8
EVISTA 156 139 42 90
BYSTOLIC 153 153 43 110
MEGESTROL ACETATE 148 148 R 44 104
TRAMADOL HCL 144 131 45 30
AVODART 132 129 46 99
PATADAY 131 130 47 183
NATEGLINIDE 128 128 48 220
MICARDIS 124 123 49 232
DIOVAN HCT 123 118 50 64
RAPAFLO 122 118 51 246
FUROSEMIDE 121 115 52 11
NASONEX 120 110 53 126
METFORMIN HCL ER 119 119 54 89
DEXILANT 118 118 55 102
AZOR 117 117 56 152
WELCHOL 116 114 57 199
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 115 107 58 215
PENNSAID 112 110 59 366
CARVEDILOL 110 110 60 25
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 110 105 60 128
SPIRIVA 107 107 62 65
WARFARIN SODIUM 106 102 63 16
LIPITOR 105 105 64 69
PROCTOZONE-HC 103 98 65 243
LEVOFLOXACIN 101 96 66 83
ACIPHEX 95 94 67 167
BENICAR HCT 92 88 68 158
COLCRYS 82 70 69 192
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 81 81 70 52
LYRICA 81 81 70 127
RANITIDINE HCL 78 65 72 51
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 77 77 73 29
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 75 69 74 237
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 72 70 75 176
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 72 69 75 344
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 72 72 75 112
BONIVA 71 71 78 191
DIGOXIN 70 66 79 59
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 69 57 80 26
FINASTERIDE 68 63 81 73
LACTULOSE 68 67 81 125
BENAZEPRIL HCL 68 50 81 21
ACTOS 68 65 81 71
NAPROXEN 67 54 85 88
LISINOPRIL 65 62 86 3
PROAIR HFA 63 63 87 32
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 63 63 87 147
CREON 61 61 89 114
ZENPEP 60 60 90 210
PEN NEEDLE 57 49 91 159
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 57 57 91 200
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 56 53 R 93 117
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 55 53 94 347
MECLIZINE HCL 55 55 94 122
EASY TOUCH 51 47 96 607
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.