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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,476Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 504 out of 6645

$555K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 985 out of 6645

478 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
70% 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

3% of this provider’s 478 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 478 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 7,496 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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 859 421 1 4
ATENOLOL 680 291 2 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 677 439 S3 3 5
LISINOPRIL 508 304 4 3
SIMVASTATIN 480 307 5 1
OMEPRAZOLE 389 217 6 6
FUROSEMIDE 350 258 7 11
METFORMIN HCL 294 153 8 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 233 182 9 2
GLYBURIDE 223 145 R 10 58
PROAIR HFA 178 101 11 32
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 152 95 12 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 150 112 13 12
IBUPROFEN 149 88 14 42
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 148 90 15 13
RAMIPRIL 140 95 16 118
LOVASTATIN 138 121 17 15
ADVAIR DISKUS 131 85 18 45
CARVEDILOL 129 118 19 25
HYDROCORTISONE 124 66 20 229
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 123 78 21 129
CLONIDINE HCL 114 86 22 56
DIOVAN 114 88 22 19
BACLOFEN 111 63 24 100
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 66 24 9
NEXIUM 110 67 26 40
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 109 58 27 10
TRAMADOL HCL 108 78 28 30
BENAZEPRIL HCL 103 70 29 21
RANITIDINE HCL 103 23 29 51
FAMOTIDINE 100 42 31 33
PAROXETINE HCL 94 52 32 72
GABAPENTIN 93 72 33 18
PREDNISONE 92 60 34 57
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 90 65 35 67
HYDRALAZINE HCL 87 73 36 77
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 85 47 37 14
AMOXICILLIN 84 43 38 107
LANTUS 76 21 39 50
SINGULAIR 69 30 40 76
AZITHROMYCIN 67 43 41 44
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 65 18 42 121
HYDROXYZINE HCL 65 32 R 42 161
CLOPIDOGREL 65 54 42 36
TRAZODONE HCL 64 38 45 60
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 62 36 46 55
DESMOPRESSIN ACETATE 61 0 47 480
METFORMIN HCL ER 60 12 48 89
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 57 31 49 176
PERMETHRIN 56 0 50 384
LIPITOR 55 30 51 69
FENOFIBRATE 54 0 52 74
LACTULOSE 54 0 52 125
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 54 33 52 29
VENTOLIN HFA 53 21 55 146
PEN NEEDLE 52 27 56 159
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 8, 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.