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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,628Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2916 out of 6645

$261K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3026 out of 6645

280 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
10% 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

5% of this provider’s 280 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 280 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 4,583 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% 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

17 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 168 150 1 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 114 114 2 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 111 111 3 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 107 106 4 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 104 104 S3 5 5
LISINOPRIL 103 103 6 3
SIMVASTATIN 96 96 7 1
FUROSEMIDE 95 95 8 11
TRAMADOL HCL 82 82 9 30
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 81 79 10 28
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 77 77 11 29
WARFARIN SODIUM 75 75 12 16
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 74 73 13 67
MELOXICAM 72 72 14 46
OMEPRAZOLE 72 72 14 6
METFORMIN HCL 71 71 16 7
SYNTHROID 70 68 17 79
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 66 66 18 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 65 65 19 24
GABAPENTIN 65 65 19 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 64 21 9
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 60 56 22 75
GLYBURIDE 55 55 R 23 58
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 55 55 23 86
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.