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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,432Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 914 out of 6645

$563K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 949 out of 6645

328 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
77% 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

25% of this provider’s 328 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 7,415 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 468 388 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 459 338 2 6
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 297 227 R 3 95
BENICAR HCT 297 251 3 158
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 293 190 S3 5 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 235 194 6 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 229 168 7 4
METFORMIN HCL 210 193 8 7
FUROSEMIDE 204 168 9 11
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 202 168 10 181
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 194 158 11 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 192 134 12 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 183 171 13 22
NAPROXEN 171 145 14 88
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 149 105 15 17
ALLOPURINOL 145 130 16 31
BENICAR 136 125 17 84
NAMENDA 133 130 18 41
BYSTOLIC 127 107 19 110
CARVEDILOL 123 123 20 25
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 122 108 21 62
LISINOPRIL 116 73 22 3
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 116 91 22 29
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 113 88 24 26
LIPITOR 113 78 24 69
BENAZEPRIL HCL 113 97 24 21
ACTOS 112 90 27 71
DONEPEZIL HCL 112 102 27 27
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 110 97 29 14
RANITIDINE HCL 108 57 30 51
JANUVIA 99 91 31 38
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 87 67 32 55
VIAGRA 87 60 32 335
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 87 70 32 12
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 79 53 35 109
FENOFIBRATE 76 43 36 74
ADVAIR DISKUS 75 69 37 45
GLYBURIDE 74 73 R 38 58
FAMOTIDINE 71 61 39 33
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 63 33 40 175
GABAPENTIN 63 39 40 18
TRAMADOL HCL 62 26 42 30
CRESTOR 60 52 43 34
TRICOR 60 21 43 138
DIOVAN 59 54 45 19
NEXIUM 55 50 46 40
INSULIN SYRINGE 54 43 47 61
AZITHROMYCIN 54 42 47 44
SPIRIVA 52 51 49 65
CLOPIDOGREL 50 37 50 36
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 1, 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.