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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,465Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 107 out of 6645

$1.84M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 100 out of 6645

428 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
99% 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

10% of this provider’s 428 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 21,867 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

50% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$82 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

52 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
NEXIUM 737 700 1 40
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 626 590 2 17
DIOVAN HCT 554 541 3 64
LIDODERM 544 542 4 53
PATANOL 543 532 5 131
ATENOLOL 496 481 6 8
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 487 483 7 62
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 462 453 8 10
SIMVASTATIN 429 424 9 1
CELEBREX 429 420 9 54
FUROSEMIDE 364 357 11 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 354 353 12 12
CAPTOPRIL 341 321 13 221
OMEPRAZOLE 336 334 14 6
DIOVAN 295 269 15 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 293 293 16 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 290 290 17 24
METFORMIN HCL 269 261 18 7
TRAMADOL HCL 263 256 19 30
GABAPENTIN 262 257 20 18
LOVAZA 260 256 21 68
CREON 257 254 22 114
ADVAIR DISKUS 244 236 23 45
CRESTOR 242 229 24 34
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 237 212 25 4
JANUVIA 228 219 26 38
RANITIDINE HCL 227 224 27 51
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 226 226 28 66
MECLIZINE HCL 212 212 29 122
IBUPROFEN 191 186 30 42
NASONEX 184 178 31 126
PLAVIX 180 180 32 49
LUMIGAN 176 166 33 445
NAPROXEN 173 173 34 88
ZETIA 172 160 35 87
CYMBALTA 166 166 36 78
VOLTAREN 160 160 37 108
MELOXICAM 160 160 37 46
PATADAY 157 149 39 183
ACIPHEX 154 150 40 167
CLOPIDOGREL 152 152 41 36
LIPITOR 151 151 42 69
KLOR-CON 8 145 144 43 123
DONEPEZIL HCL 144 144 44 27
VESICARE 144 138 44 148
PAROXETINE HCL 141 141 46 72
CARVEDILOL 141 123 46 25
CLONIDINE HCL 139 139 48 56
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 137 135 S3 49 5
GLIMEPIRIDE 137 136 49 47
SYNTHROID 134 134 51 79
TIMOLOL MALEATE 132 130 52 373
PROAIR HFA 131 126 53 32
ROPINIROLE HCL 130 130 54 166
NITROSTAT 125 125 55 193
AMIODARONE HCL 125 125 55 160
SINGULAIR 122 121 57 76
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 121 121 S3 58 80
EVISTA 119 119 59 90
TAMSULOSIN HCL 118 118 60 22
ALLOPURINOL 115 113 61 31
LATANOPROST 112 112 62 320
BYSTOLIC 107 107 63 110
NATEGLINIDE 102 99 64 220
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 100 100 65 86
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 97 86 66 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 93 93 67 20
NAMENDA 93 93 67 41
DEXILANT 93 93 67 102
AZITHROMYCIN 91 86 70 44
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 90 90 71 109
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 90 86 71 28
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 89 89 73 29
TRAVATAN Z 87 87 74 342
NIFEDIPINE ER 85 85 75 82
LISINOPRIL 84 84 76 3
HYDROXYZINE HCL 83 82 R 77 161
PRADAXA 82 82 78 247
LANSOPRAZOLE 82 72 78 163
TERAZOSIN HCL 80 75 80 48
BENAZEPRIL HCL 79 79 81 21
ZALEPLON 78 78 82 490
FLUOCINONIDE 78 57 82 130
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-DEXAMETH 77 74 84 390
LEXAPRO 76 76 85 218
BACLOFEN 75 75 86 100
BENICAR HCT 73 70 87 158
ACTOS 72 72 88 71
BENICAR 71 70 89 84
DETROL LA 70 70 90 260
WARFARIN SODIUM 67 67 91 16
FLECTOR 67 66 91 230
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 66 93 9
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 66 66 93 75
TRICOR 66 65 93 138
PROCTOZONE-HC 66 66 93 243
RAMIPRIL 65 65 97 118
ENABLEX 65 65 97 301
CILOSTAZOL 64 64 99 202
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 62 62 100 14
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 61 61 101 306
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 61 61 101 81
JANUMET 60 45 103 132
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 59 59 104 26
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 56 104 314
LUNESTA 57 50 106 287
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 57 57 106 214
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 57 57 106 128
CLOTRIMAZOLE 55 55 109 312
AVODART 55 55 109 99
COMBIGAN 53 53 111 592
COUMADIN 53 53 111 333
DICYCLOMINE HCL 53 53 111 278
ACTONEL 50 50 114 92
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 50 50 114 97
IMIPRAMINE HCL 50 50 R 114 446
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 March 5, 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.