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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,612Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 126 out of 6645

$934K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 369 out of 6645

864 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
15% 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 864 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 864 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 20,347 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

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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 1,157 1,079 1 1
LISINOPRIL 1,008 973 2 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 870 791 S3 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 865 831 4 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 674 642 5 2
OMEPRAZOLE 643 589 6 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 579 560 7 9
FUROSEMIDE 563 548 8 11
METFORMIN HCL 524 485 9 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 484 479 10 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 453 453 11 28
LOVASTATIN 429 418 12 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 384 367 13 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 368 347 14 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 337 323 15 17
ATENOLOL 333 307 16 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 313 309 17 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 304 280 18 35
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 287 272 19 12
GLYBURIDE 279 260 R 20 58
GABAPENTIN 262 220 21 18
KLOR-CON 8 245 240 22 123
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 241 218 23 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 235 231 24 22
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 234 226 25 52
CARVEDILOL 234 226 25 25
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 234 223 25 37
PREDNISONE 207 190 28 57
IBUPROFEN 197 178 29 42
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 183 183 30 81
ALLOPURINOL 180 179 31 31
RANITIDINE HCL 161 139 32 51
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 154 150 33 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 152 139 34 20
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 145 139 35 55
DIOVAN 141 138 36 19
DIGOXIN 141 134 36 59
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 140 126 38 62
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 136 136 39 129
NAMENDA 135 135 40 41
CLOPIDOGREL 130 118 41 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 129 125 42 10
FLUOXETINE HCL 125 121 43 63
SPIRIVA 116 112 44 65
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 116 114 44 24
CLONIDINE HCL 112 111 46 56
LORAZEPAM 106 94 47 189
FINASTERIDE 104 104 48 73
TEMAZEPAM 99 99 49 269
ADVAIR DISKUS 92 87 50 45
VYTORIN 90 73 51 170
SYMBICORT 88 82 52 153
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 88 77 52 171
BENAZEPRIL HCL 86 71 54 21
TERAZOSIN HCL 86 86 54 48
TRAZODONE HCL 83 75 56 60
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 83 77 56 67
PLAVIX 82 72 58 49
CEPHALEXIN 80 79 59 111
SERTRALINE HCL 75 55 60 43
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 73 71 61 185
AMOXICILLIN 73 69 61 107
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 72 72 63 179
NAPROXEN 68 55 64 88
ROPINIROLE HCL 67 63 65 166
AZITHROMYCIN 65 62 66 44
INSULIN SYRINGE 62 57 67 61
GLIPIZIDE 62 62 67 23
SPIRONOLACTONE 62 58 67 85
NEXIUM 60 54 70 40
PROPRANOLOL HCL 60 60 70 151
DIOVAN HCT 60 60 70 64
AMIODARONE HCL 58 51 73 160
PROAIR HFA 56 42 74 32
METRONIDAZOLE 54 52 75 329
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 54 52 75 134
GLIMEPIRIDE 54 54 75 47
MELOXICAM 54 53 75 46
DILTIAZEM ER 53 53 79 182
SYNTHROID 52 52 80 79
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 51 51 81 176
GEMFIBROZIL 51 40 81 96
CYMBALTA 51 35 81 78
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 51 51 81 143
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 50 50 85 75
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 17, 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.