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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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29,016Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 52 out of 6645

$1.72M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 115 out of 6645

843 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
77% 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

1% of this provider’s 843 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 27,923 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

35% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$59 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 1,451 1,402 1 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 1,378 1,287 2 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 1,337 1,285 3 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 1,144 1,109 4 14
METFORMIN HCL 901 874 5 7
OMEPRAZOLE 857 820 6 6
DIOVAN 687 673 7 19
ATENOLOL 603 559 8 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 559 529 9 10
JANUVIA 499 487 10 38
CARVEDILOL 489 475 11 25
ACTONEL 440 440 12 92
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 438 438 13 9
SIMVASTATIN 427 407 14 1
TAMSULOSIN HCL 375 354 15 22
EVISTA 355 355 16 90
FUROSEMIDE 354 335 17 11
NIFEDIPINE ER 354 348 17 82
LISINOPRIL 353 333 19 3
LOVAZA 334 319 20 68
LOVASTATIN 332 324 21 15
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 332 293 21 62
LIDODERM 328 317 23 53
SINGULAIR 323 307 24 76
DONEPEZIL HCL 292 292 25 27
DIOVAN HCT 287 286 26 64
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 283 281 27 29
MELOXICAM 282 270 28 46
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 271 249 29 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 265 262 30 17
ALLOPURINOL 244 225 31 31
MOMETASONE FUROATE 222 212 32 292
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 221 221 33 66
GLYBURIDE 217 217 R 34 58
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 209 198 35 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 203 190 36 24
NEXIUM 195 191 37 40
BENAZEPRIL HCL 194 184 38 21
GLIPIZIDE 189 181 39 23
ZETIA 187 178 40 87
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 181 180 41 128
NATEGLINIDE 180 180 42 220
PLAVIX 175 171 43 49
AVODART 171 160 44 99
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 164 146 45 28
LIPITOR 163 160 46 69
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 161 160 47 26
ADVAIR DISKUS 157 157 48 45
BENICAR 156 144 49 84
COLCRYS 153 141 50 192
PROAIR HFA 149 147 51 32
CLOPIDOGREL 140 138 52 36
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 139 139 53 75
AZITHROMYCIN 137 129 54 44
WARFARIN SODIUM 130 126 55 16
FINASTERIDE 128 119 56 73
GABAPENTIN 127 113 57 18
LANTUS 126 126 58 50
CRESTOR 124 120 59 34
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 121 121 60 200
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 119 118 R 61 95
CELEBREX 117 117 62 54
NAMENDA 113 113 63 41
IBUPROFEN 113 110 63 42
GLIMEPIRIDE 105 105 65 47
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 104 104 66 176
MEGESTROL ACETATE 102 101 R 67 104
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 99 99 68 97
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 94 88 69 55
CILOSTAZOL 90 90 70 202
WELCHOL 89 89 71 199
LEVOFLOXACIN 89 88 71 83
METHIMAZOLE 83 83 73 362
AMIODARONE HCL 82 82 74 160
SPIRIVA 80 80 75 65
TERAZOSIN HCL 79 76 76 48
ATELVIA 78 78 77 91
INSULIN SYRINGE 78 78 77 61
FAMOTIDINE 77 74 79 33
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 75 75 80 112
COLESTIPOL HCL 73 73 81 457
AFEDITAB CR 71 68 82 386
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 71 71 82 156
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE 70 70 84 678
VOLTAREN 70 70 84 108
FLUOCINONIDE 68 66 86 130
PREDNISONE 68 66 86 57
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 68 68 86 179
AGGRENOX 67 67 89 282
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 67 60 89 67
LACTULOSE 66 66 91 125
GEMFIBROZIL 64 64 92 96
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 63 63 93 222
FLUOXETINE HCL 63 63 93 63
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 62 62 95 129
PRANDIN 62 62 95 240
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 60 57 97 289
DIGOXIN 59 57 98 59
LANSOPRAZOLE 59 59 98 163
KETOCONAZOLE 58 57 100 196
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 57 45 101 237
LEVEMIR 57 57 101 272
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 48 103 37
CLONIDINE HCL 55 46 104 56
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 55 55 104 120
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 54 53 106 116
PROPRANOLOL HCL 53 42 107 151
VYTORIN 53 53 107 170
PATANOL 53 47 107 131
FELODIPINE ER 53 53 107 105
SPIRONOLACTONE 51 48 111 85
DILTIAZEM HCL 51 51 111 351
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 Oct. 2, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.