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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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26,242Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 69 out of 6645

$2.31M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 62 out of 6645

914 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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

5% of this provider’s 914 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 24,526 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

46% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$88 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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
CELEBREX 1,071 1,027 1 54
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 953 878 2 2
LIDODERM 851 804 3 53
AMOXICILLIN 572 516 10 4 107
OMEPRAZOLE 548 479 5 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 537 520 6 10
NAMENDA 531 528 7 41
LOVASTATIN 509 443 8 15
ATELVIA 471 466 9 91
ATENOLOL 453 424 10 8
METFORMIN HCL 439 399 11 7
NEXIUM 425 401 12 40
DIOVAN 414 390 13 19
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 399 358 14 55
BYSTOLIC 381 377 15 110
TRAMADOL HCL 304 255 16 30
AZOR 291 291 17 152
SIMVASTATIN 286 276 18 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 279 273 19 27
NASONEX 265 255 20 126
DEXILANT 264 261 21 102
CRESTOR 263 244 22 34
EXELON 242 235 23 149
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 238 227 24 4
CLOPIDOGREL 229 223 25 36
CROMOLYN SODIUM 228 217 10 26 331
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 227 221 27 66
AZITHROMYCIN 222 199 28 44
GABAPENTIN 221 215 29 18
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 215 212 30 112
EXFORGE 210 204 31 155
NIFEDIPINE ER 207 188 32 82
DIOVAN HCT 203 199 33 64
SINGULAIR 202 194 34 76
TRIBENZOR 199 186 35 257
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 195 178 36 177
GLIMEPIRIDE 190 170 37 47
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 190 178 37 17
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 186 160 R 39 95
BENICAR 186 178 39 84
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 182 174 R 41 157
FUROSEMIDE 177 177 42 11
PLAVIX 176 168 43 49
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 175 171 44 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 173 169 45 13
BENAZEPRIL HCL 172 136 46 21
MEGESTROL ACETATE 168 165 R 47 104
ACTOS 164 145 48 71
GLIPIZIDE 164 134 48 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 151 149 50 12
VOLTAREN 150 144 51 108
LISINOPRIL 147 131 52 3
CARVEDILOL 146 144 53 25
MIRTAZAPINE 146 141 53 70
PROAIR HFA 142 133 55 32
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 140 140 56 179
JANUVIA 139 134 57 38
CLONIDINE HCL 135 133 58 56
PATANOL 131 122 59 131
WARFARIN SODIUM 131 126 59 16
ADVAIR DISKUS 128 112 61 45
FAMOTIDINE 126 110 62 33
LEVOFLOXACIN 126 120 62 83
GEMFIBROZIL 125 114 64 96
TAMSULOSIN HCL 123 123 65 22
LOPERAMIDE 123 119 65 281
NAPROXEN 122 91 67 88
ALLOPURINOL 116 115 68 31
IBUPROFEN 115 94 69 42
MECLIZINE HCL 115 105 69 122
AVODART 114 114 71 99
RAPAFLO 110 108 72 246
LYRICA 108 105 73 127
RANITIDINE HCL 108 105 73 51
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 106 104 75 128
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 105 93 76 81
HYDROXYZINE HCL 105 92 R 76 161
BENICAR HCT 105 97 76 158
AMIODARONE HCL 105 104 76 160
LANTUS 103 82 80 50
LIPITOR 97 96 81 69
SODIUM CHLORIDE 93 92 82 216
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 91 86 83 214
NIFEDIAC CC 91 90 83 231
HUMULIN R 90 82 85 209
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 88 88 86 28
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 86 77 87 20
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 83 83 88 116
TEKTURNA 83 83 88 264
AMANTADINE 83 71 88 391
LOVAZA 82 76 91 68
NOVOLIN R 80 79 92 142
RESTASIS 78 78 93 311
PROCTOZONE-HC 78 78 93 243
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 73 52 95 120
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 72 64 96 24
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 72 69 96 129
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71 60 98 9
PREDNISONE 70 63 99 57
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 70 58 99 185
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 70 60 99 52
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 69 55 S3 102 5
SYMBICORT 68 64 103 153
SPIRIVA 67 63 104 65
ACIPHEX 64 64 105 167
METHIMAZOLE 62 62 106 362
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 60 57 107 97
ZENPEP 60 55 107 210
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 59 45 109 26
FINASTERIDE 59 47 109 73
TRADJENTA 58 52 111 401
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 56 46 R 112 184
PERMETHRIN 56 50 112 384
LEVETIRACETAM 54 52 114 119
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 52 52 R 115 117
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 July 30, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.