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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,903Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 517

$923K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 24 out of 517

493 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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

14% of this provider’s 493 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 15,934 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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
METFORMIN HCL 1,256 1,082 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 1,161 1,040 2 1
LISINOPRIL 1,111 941 3 7
OMEPRAZOLE 792 639 4 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 632 577 5 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 451 379 6 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 441 417 7 6
GABAPENTIN 421 360 8 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 382 311 9 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 340 297 10 12
TRAMADOL HCL 332 262 11 19
CHLORTHALIDONE 295 237 12 185
DIOVAN 273 257 13 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 262 254 14 11
FINASTERIDE 258 247 15 87
ACTOS 246 229 16 51
GLIPIZIDE 213 162 17 30
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 208 171 18 18
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 208 148 S3 18 5
NAPROXEN 205 182 20 42
SERTRALINE HCL 204 194 21 60
LANTUS 202 181 22 61
ATENOLOL 199 176 23 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 199 174 23 17
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 198 158 25 45
FAMOTIDINE 193 171 26 44
NAMENDA 190 181 27 52
TRAZODONE HCL 184 136 28 77
TAMSULOSIN HCL 176 166 29 22
CYMBALTA 171 113 30 71
CARVEDILOL 161 148 31 26
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 159 142 32 32
TERAZOSIN HCL 155 139 33 94
PROAIR HFA 152 115 34 33
INSULIN SYRINGE 142 115 35 103
FUROSEMIDE 141 103 36 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 141 125 36 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 134 115 38 21
BENAZEPRIL HCL 132 120 39 15
BUPROPION XL 125 110 40 215
QVAR 125 108 40 209
DONEPEZIL HCL 115 105 42 28
IBUPROFEN 115 94 42 16
ALLOPURINOL 114 107 44 37
FENOFIBRATE 113 82 45 75
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 105 91 R 46 142
GLYBURIDE 104 93 R 47 53
LIPITOR 103 87 48 81
LORATADINE 101 72 49 193
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 101 95 49 39
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 100 90 51 38
MIRTAZAPINE 99 94 52 95
TOPIRAMATE 97 42 53 265
EXELON 91 85 54 152
GLIMEPIRIDE 91 78 54 35
LOVASTATIN 82 53 56 23
RISPERIDONE 82 56 56 83
MECLIZINE HCL 80 80 58 63
WARFARIN SODIUM 78 78 59 24
ABILIFY 77 42 60 158
HUMALOG 74 59 61 146
JANUVIA 73 73 62 43
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 72 58 63 104
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 70 70 64 65
RANITIDINE HCL 67 67 65 54
NIFEDIPINE ER 65 57 66 85
NEXIUM 65 51 66 29
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 65 60 66 34
CLOPIDOGREL 63 57 69 47
BUPROPION HCL SR 60 39 70 360
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 60 51 70 222
ADVAIR DISKUS 56 40 72 46
KLOR-CON 8 56 51 72 98
HYDROCORTISONE 54 42 74 169
SYMBICORT 54 45 74 135
PLAVIX 53 45 76 62
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 51 43 77 56
SURE COMFORT 50 41 78 224
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.