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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,075Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 26 out of 1571

$1.99M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 1571

564 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
83% 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

5% of this provider’s 564 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 9,928 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

36% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$132 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $99 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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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
NIFEDIPINE ER 807 522 10 1 78
FUROSEMIDE 585 487 2 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 498 414 3 17
SENSIPAR 458 211 10 4 87
CALCIUM ACETATE 416 197 10 5 139
SIMVASTATIN 406 306 6 1
DIOVAN 379 279 7 19
RENVELA 372 181 8 57
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 352 199 9 23
LEVOFLOXACIN 329 181 10 79
OMEPRAZOLE 329 183 10 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 329 220 10 2
ATENOLOL 326 174 13 15
GLIPIZIDE 295 252 14 53
ALLOPURINOL 290 231 15 36
PREDNISONE 263 104 16 34
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 212 130 17 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 195 110 18 20
MINOXIDIL 190 61 10 19 263
LISINOPRIL 183 133 20 5
MEGESTROL ACETATE 182 154 R 21 145
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 176 116 22 8
HYDRALAZINE HCL 172 132 23 82
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 141 50 S3 24 3
ACTOS 133 131 25 92
COLCRYS 132 108 26 289
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 132 56 26 361
RENAGEL 129 56 10 28 262
CLONIDINE HCL 122 75 29 45
CARVEDILOL 120 72 30 10
GABAPENTIN 115 68 31 12
LOVAZA 115 93 31 90
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 115 62 31 519
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 109 58 34 116
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 109 71 34 13
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 101 82 36 48
SINGULAIR 99 75 37 88
LIDODERM 99 97 37 95
HYDROCORTISONE 99 61 37 255
JANUVIA 98 90 40 50
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 98 70 40 81
TAMSULOSIN HCL 97 86 42 11
TRICOR 92 57 43 264
CLOPIDOGREL 92 68 43 21
LANTUS 91 50 45 65
AZITHROMYCIN 87 51 46 58
ZETIA 79 52 47 73
FAMOTIDINE 79 36 47 54
NATEGLINIDE 78 60 49 225
CRESTOR 78 47 49 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 74 33 51 16
ACTONEL 74 39 51 171
ULORIC 73 73 53 317
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 70 55 54 27
NEXIUM 70 42 54 39
FENOFIBRATE 68 61 56 129
GLIMEPIRIDE 67 50 57 70
INSULIN SYRINGE 65 35 58 124
PLAVIX 65 52 58 28
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 64 52 60 55
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 64 33 60 172
ROPINIROLE HCL 63 32 62 201
AVODART 62 62 63 40
BYSTOLIC 58 19 64 144
TRAMADOL HCL 57 40 65 31
METOLAZONE 57 36 65 355
ZEMPLAR 56 34 67 391
LYRICA 53 20 68 127
FOSRENOL 53 0 68 267
CALCITRIOL 52 22 70 133
TERAZOSIN HCL 52 52 70 137
AMIODARONE HCL 52 33 70 76
LOVASTATIN 51 39 73 33
NIFEDICAL XL 50 23 74 341
AMOXICILLIN 50 28 74 192
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 9, 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.