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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,061Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 154 out of 6645

$1.36M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 171 out of 6645

296 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
100% 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

11% of this provider’s 296 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 18,478 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

43% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

68 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
LOVAZA 854 803 1 68
ATENOLOL 710 664 2 8
NEXIUM 642 610 3 40
DIOVAN HCT 632 595 4 64
IBUPROFEN 631 576 5 42
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 623 532 6 17
CRESTOR 472 439 7 34
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 452 406 8 2
OMEPRAZOLE 430 397 9 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 399 339 10 10
SIMVASTATIN 378 339 11 1
TAMSULOSIN HCL 369 350 12 22
VOLTAREN 366 334 13 108
MELOXICAM 352 343 14 46
GABAPENTIN 350 325 15 18
METFORMIN HCL 320 281 16 7
MECLIZINE HCL 292 261 17 122
ADVAIR DISKUS 288 283 18 45
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 278 247 19 75
DONEPEZIL HCL 266 258 20 27
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 256 224 21 62
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 254 238 22 4
DIOVAN 245 236 23 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 237 198 24 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 227 222 25 9
AVODART 209 208 26 99
VESICARE 205 196 27 148
SERTRALINE HCL 205 193 27 43
LIDODERM 194 181 29 53
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 192 160 30 86
FUROSEMIDE 190 189 31 11
CARVEDILOL 188 176 32 25
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 176 150 33 97
ROPINIROLE HCL 175 170 34 166
LIPITOR 164 154 35 69
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 161 161 36 147
PAROXETINE HCL 161 142 36 72
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 160 133 R 38 95
CELEBREX 157 146 39 54
NATEGLINIDE 153 149 40 220
BUSPIRONE HCL 145 102 41 207
EXELON 145 145 41 149
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 144 144 43 14
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 138 120 44 29
ACTOS 132 122 45 71
GLYBURIDE 129 129 R 46 58
PLAVIX 127 116 47 49
CYMBALTA 124 124 48 78
NAPROXEN 121 85 49 88
LEXAPRO 119 115 50 218
XOPENEX HFA 115 112 51 345
CLOPIDOGREL 108 107 52 36
SYMBICORT 107 106 53 153
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 105 93 54 55
BENICAR HCT 104 86 55 158
DEXILANT 98 96 56 102
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 96 68 R 57 157
METHIMAZOLE 94 94 58 362
ALCOHOL SWABS 91 86 59 319
BONIVA 88 88 60 191
SPIRIVA 87 86 61 65
NASONEX 86 74 62 126
ALLOPURINOL 85 85 63 31
NAMENDA 83 83 64 41
ACIPHEX 76 64 65 167
DIGOXIN 76 76 65 59
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 74 69 67 314
LANSOPRAZOLE 73 59 68 163
PROAIR HFA 73 68 68 32
CREON 73 68 68 114
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 71 71 71 12
VENTOLIN HFA 71 69 71 146
SINGULAIR 70 69 73 76
VIMOVO 70 68 73 438
TERAZOSIN HCL 70 61 73 48
TRAMADOL HCL 68 64 76 30
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 66 61 S3 77 80
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 63 48 78 306
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 62 61 79 109
LISINOPRIL 59 36 80 3
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 57 45 81 176
GLIMEPIRIDE 56 50 82 47
HYDROXYZINE HCL 54 49 R 83 161
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 54 54 83 66
ARICEPT 53 52 85 442
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 53 30 85 13
RAMIPRIL 51 49 87 118
PATANOL 50 50 88 131
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 Dec. 22, 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.