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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,625Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1088 out of 6645

$618K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 799 out of 6645

365 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
24% 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 365 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 365 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 7,575 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$72 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 397 350 1 4
OMEPRAZOLE 368 293 2 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 314 293 3 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 298 289 4 2
SIMVASTATIN 298 273 4 1
FENTANYL CITRATE 236 236 S2 10 6 532
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 236 189 S3 6 5
METFORMIN HCL 217 198 8 7
LISINOPRIL 200 170 9 3
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 195 148 10 17
NAMENDA 162 162 11 41
DONEPEZIL HCL 162 162 11 27
JANUVIA 146 120 13 38
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 144 127 14 9
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 138 93 15 14
METFORMIN HCL ER 137 115 16 89
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 136 115 17 12
CRESTOR 122 107 18 34
DIOVAN 115 103 19 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 108 91 20 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 102 101 21 35
FUROSEMIDE 102 101 21 11
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 101 91 23 37
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 95 71 24 26
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 87 25 62
DIOVAN HCT 80 80 26 64
JANUMET 80 68 26 132
TAMSULOSIN HCL 71 71 28 22
ACTOS 71 63 28 71
ZETIA 69 69 30 87
GABAPENTIN 65 39 31 18
ALLOPURINOL 62 62 32 31
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 61 61 33 97
ADVAIR DISKUS 60 50 34 45
TRAZODONE HCL 60 55 34 60
BENICAR 58 46 36 84
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 51 40 37 291
WARFARIN SODIUM 50 47 38 16
BENAZEPRIL HCL 50 48 38 21
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 May 8, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.