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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,840Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 716 out of 6645

$69.2K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5904 out of 6645

236 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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

7% of this provider’s 236 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 236 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 10,756 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

14% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$6 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

46 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
SENNA-GEN 526 526 10 1 367
OMEPRAZOLE 512 512 2 6
VITAMIN D 427 415 10 3 323
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 345 345 4 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 330 330 5 2
ASPIRIN EC 311 311 6 264
LOVASTATIN 299 299 7 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 233 232 8 10
MAPAP 231 231 9 353
DOK 211 211 10 384
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 195 195 11 13
SIMVASTATIN 194 182 12 1
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 189 189 13 14
FUROSEMIDE 154 154 14 11
METFORMIN HCL 154 153 14 7
LORATADINE 148 148 16 250
MULTIVITAMINS 136 124 17 449
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 135 135 18 75
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 132 132 19 4
TAMSULOSIN HCL 131 131 20 22
GLIPIZIDE 124 124 21 23
CALCIUM WITH VITAMIN D 121 121 22 405
LISINOPRIL 119 119 23 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 109 109 24 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 101 101 25 35
DIGOXIN 101 101 25 59
MIRTAZAPINE 96 96 27 70
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 90 90 28 20
BENAZEPRIL HCL 89 85 29 21
CARVEDILOL 85 84 30 25
CLOTRIMAZOLE 84 84 31 312
TRAMADOL HCL 82 82 32 30
ATENOLOL 82 82 32 8
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 80 80 34 55
CETIRIZINE HCL 79 79 35 455
FINASTERIDE 73 73 36 73
BISACODYL 70 70 37 546
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 69 69 38 101
SILTUSSIN DM 67 67 10 39 682
PREDNISONE 67 67 39 57
ADVAIR DISKUS 65 65 41 45
DOCUSATE SODIUM 63 63 42 494
ALLOPURINOL 63 63 42 31
VITAMIN D2 62 60 44 440
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 60 60 S3 45 5
FAMOTIDINE 60 48 45 33
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 54 45 9
LIDODERM 59 59 48 53
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 58 58 49 17
FOLIC ACID 57 57 50 412
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 57 57 50 66
TIMOLOL MALEATE 57 57 50 373
FENTANYL 55 55 S2 53 141
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 54 54 54 116
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 Aug. 10, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.