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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,817Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 160 out of 6645

$934K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 370 out of 6645

716 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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 716 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 716 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 15,147 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 840 506 S3 1 5
OMEPRAZOLE 717 570 2 6
SIMVASTATIN 678 500 3 1
LISINOPRIL 658 518 4 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 648 529 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 548 430 6 11
METFORMIN HCL 528 366 7 7
ATENOLOL 522 412 8 8
GABAPENTIN 484 339 9 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 379 295 10 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 354 342 11 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 346 343 12 16
GLIPIZIDE 317 258 13 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 315 263 14 13
NAMENDA 294 286 15 41
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 267 207 16 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 247 185 17 28
PAROXETINE HCL 220 133 18 72
TAMSULOSIN HCL 213 187 19 22
LOVASTATIN 208 200 20 15
MELOXICAM 197 180 21 46
CLOPIDOGREL 189 158 22 36
CLONIDINE HCL 166 127 23 56
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 160 95 24 17
CARISOPRODOL 157 51 R 25 94
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 156 111 26 52
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 150 137 27 116
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 147 91 28 29
ALLOPURINOL 137 119 29 31
PLAVIX 135 122 30 49
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 131 67 R 31 117
MIRTAZAPINE 130 123 32 70
PROPRANOLOL HCL 129 96 33 151
FAMOTIDINE 127 106 34 33
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 121 108 35 12
NAPROXEN 118 87 36 88
CARVEDILOL 117 97 37 25
RANITIDINE HCL 116 96 38 51
GLYBURIDE 116 88 R 38 58
BENAZEPRIL HCL 115 103 40 21
SPIRIVA 112 81 41 65
CITALOPRAM HBR 112 73 41 35
SERTRALINE HCL 111 63 43 43
CYMBALTA 110 96 44 78
IBUPROFEN 109 77 45 42
DIOVAN 109 75 45 19
DIGOXIN 106 83 47 59
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 100 66 48 20
ABILIFY 98 66 49 204
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 97 68 50 172
SPIRONOLACTONE 96 71 51 85
PROAIR HFA 94 49 52 32
ROPINIROLE HCL 92 71 53 166
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 92 75 53 55
TERAZOSIN HCL 91 80 55 48
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 90 46 S3 56 80
KLOR-CON 10 87 54 57 145
AZITHROMYCIN 86 70 58 44
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 84 83 59 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 83 52 60 10
CAPTOPRIL 81 71 61 221
ADVAIR DISKUS 79 67 62 45
FENTANYL 79 64 S2 62 141
BACLOFEN 77 35 64 100
NIFEDICAL XL 76 65 65 295
SINGULAIR 76 38 65 76
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 76 58 65 67
LANTUS 75 63 68 50
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 75 65 68 14
NIFEDIPINE ER 74 49 70 82
CILOSTAZOL 73 73 71 202
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 71 64 72 66
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 70 57 73 26
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 70 34 73 134
LEVOFLOXACIN 70 56 73 83
BUSPIRONE HCL 68 53 76 207
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 68 66 76 129
AMOXICILLIN 67 32 78 107
PREMARIN 66 51 R 79 169
TRAMADOL HCL 65 54 80 30
TRAZODONE HCL 64 64 81 60
VERAPAMIL ER 63 47 82 154
ESTRADIOL 63 49 R 82 165
PREDNISONE 62 51 84 57
GLIMEPIRIDE 61 15 85 47
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 61 35 R 85 157
KLOR-CON M10 59 58 87 276
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 59 35 S2 87 150
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 58 58 89 62
DILTIAZEM ER 58 47 89 182
EXELON 58 51 89 149
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 57 54 92 101
FINASTERIDE 57 53 92 73
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 55 41 94 86
NIFEDIAC CC 53 40 95 231
CARBAMAZEPINE 51 27 96 224
LEVETIRACETAM 50 50 97 119
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 Feb. 10, 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.