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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,549Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 106 out of 6645

$1.34M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 180 out of 6645

1,009 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
60% 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

14% of this provider’s 1,009 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 19,310 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$59 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 1,064 878 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 988 903 2 2
METFORMIN HCL 842 658 3 7
OMEPRAZOLE 738 624 4 6
BENAZEPRIL HCL 681 574 5 21
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 585 522 6 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 509 488 7 97
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 501 393 S3 8 5
GABAPENTIN 441 380 9 18
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 359 289 10 26
FUROSEMIDE 351 316 11 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 347 283 12 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 337 299 13 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 328 279 14 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 298 276 15 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 295 261 16 9
CARVEDILOL 290 278 17 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 281 257 18 16
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 273 264 19 62
ATENOLOL 268 219 20 8
LISINOPRIL 264 231 21 3
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 246 235 22 262
DIOVAN 227 199 23 19
GLIPIZIDE 220 187 24 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 210 208 25 27
IBUPROFEN 196 127 26 42
TRAMADOL HCL 188 143 27 30
ACTOS 188 155 27 71
GLIMEPIRIDE 171 135 29 47
CITALOPRAM HBR 170 153 30 35
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 169 136 R 31 95
LOVASTATIN 169 167 31 15
RANITIDINE HCL 166 138 33 51
CRESTOR 165 139 34 34
HYDRALAZINE HCL 163 155 35 77
LANTUS 162 130 36 50
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 159 150 37 13
CHLORTHALIDONE 156 146 38 180
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 155 138 39 181
LIPITOR 155 119 39 69
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 148 134 41 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 146 140 42 20
JANUVIA 143 116 43 38
AVODART 142 123 44 99
NAPROXEN 140 102 45 88
ALLOPURINOL 136 124 46 31
MECLIZINE HCL 134 118 47 122
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 134 122 47 24
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 130 101 49 177
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 128 111 50 109
INSULIN SYRINGE 127 111 51 61
FINASTERIDE 124 120 52 73
METFORMIN HCL ER 112 91 53 89
FENOFIBRATE 111 101 54 74
GLYBURIDE 111 96 R 54 58
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 105 57 R 56 157
VESICARE 100 97 57 148
CLOPIDOGREL 100 78 57 36
ADVAIR DISKUS 99 91 59 45
MELOXICAM 91 86 60 46
NEXIUM 88 78 61 40
FLUOXETINE HCL 87 78 62 63
DIOVAN HCT 86 61 63 64
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 82 79 64 29
CYMBALTA 81 66 65 78
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 81 74 65 67
TERAZOSIN HCL 81 71 65 48
PLAVIX 81 62 65 49
PROAIR HFA 74 70 69 32
SPIRIVA 73 72 70 65
DEXILANT 72 54 71 102
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 71 65 72 81
LANSOPRAZOLE 69 59 73 163
JANUMET 67 67 74 132
TRAZODONE HCL 67 66 74 60
PEN NEEDLE 66 43 76 159
EXFORGE 66 51 76 155
FAMOTIDINE 63 56 78 33
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 62 52 79 237
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 61 55 80 55
LAMOTRIGINE 60 50 81 284
CELEBREX 60 49 81 54
SERTRALINE HCL 59 48 83 43
SYMBICORT 58 46 84 153
FELODIPINE ER 58 58 84 105
VITAMIN D2 58 58 84 440
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 56 49 R 87 184
BENICAR 54 49 88 84
ZETIA 53 44 89 87
VERAPAMIL ER 53 51 89 154
MIRTAZAPINE 53 51 89 70
DIGOXIN 53 48 89 59
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 52 52 93 120
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 52 34 93 139
LORAZEPAM 51 51 95 189
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 50 43 96 134
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 April 7, 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.