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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,590Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 881 out of 6645

$419K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1559 out of 6645

414 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
28% 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

3% of this provider’s 414 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 414 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 8,320 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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 525 510 1 4
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 422 378 2 75
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 397 376 3 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 394 287 S3 4 5
SIMVASTATIN 346 276 5 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 316 282 6 2
LISINOPRIL 247 241 7 3
OMEPRAZOLE 245 191 8 6
METFORMIN HCL 222 210 9 7
ATENOLOL 209 192 10 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 196 172 11 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 190 174 12 35
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 184 160 13 17
IBUPROFEN 178 132 14 42
FUROSEMIDE 156 141 15 11
CARVEDILOL 147 126 16 25
TRAZODONE HCL 133 119 17 60
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 128 123 18 13
GLYBURIDE 126 115 R 19 58
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 115 115 20 14
CLOPIDOGREL 112 101 21 36
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 109 106 22 20
GABAPENTIN 104 77 23 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 98 98 24 22
LOVASTATIN 93 82 25 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 90 63 26 12
BENAZEPRIL HCL 88 84 27 21
PLAVIX 78 73 28 49
FLUOXETINE HCL 77 58 29 63
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 75 65 30 134
CARISOPRODOL 74 31 R 31 94
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 74 74 31 52
AZITHROMYCIN 73 66 33 44
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 68 66 34 29
GLIPIZIDE 61 54 35 23
PROPRANOLOL HCL 58 57 36 151
NEXIUM 58 37 36 40
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 58 56 36 67
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 58 47 36 28
DILTIAZEM ER 54 54 40 182
DIOVAN 51 51 41 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 51 36 41 24
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 June 20, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.