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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,496Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 896 out of 6645

$521K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1101 out of 6645

424 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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

19% of this provider’s 424 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 6,540 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
SIMVASTATIN 457 350 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 438 205 S3 2 5
OMEPRAZOLE 394 268 3 6
LISINOPRIL 275 171 4 3
FUROSEMIDE 256 195 5 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 239 172 6 4
METFORMIN HCL 234 141 7 7
GABAPENTIN 175 115 8 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 175 140 8 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 160 133 10 2
CARISOPRODOL 143 21 R 11 94
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 138 95 12 12
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 136 69 13 26
SINGULAIR 134 78 14 76
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 130 110 15 28
TRAMADOL HCL 126 86 16 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 115 57 17 17
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 112 110 18 156
WARFARIN SODIUM 107 38 19 16
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 104 87 20 29
ATENOLOL 103 88 21 8
IBUPROFEN 100 67 22 42
DIOVAN 98 74 23 19
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 95 93 24 112
TAMSULOSIN HCL 92 87 25 22
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 89 65 26 55
CARVEDILOL 89 69 26 25
PROAIR HFA 85 52 28 32
ALLOPURINOL 84 75 29 31
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 82 54 30 10
BENAZEPRIL HCL 79 78 31 21
ADVAIR DISKUS 78 54 32 45
FLUOXETINE HCL 75 41 33 63
LANTUS 73 37 34 50
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 72 43 35 128
PREDNISONE 69 52 36 57
MELOXICAM 67 52 37 46
FINASTERIDE 67 64 37 73
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 62 39 9
CLOPIDOGREL 59 44 40 36
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 57 18 41 120
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 55 37 42 67
AZITHROMYCIN 54 43 43 44
DIGOXIN 54 34 43 59
INSULIN SYRINGE 52 19 45 61
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 9, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.