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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,479Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 98 out of 6645

$669K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 704 out of 6645

782 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
75% 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

4% of this provider’s 782 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 21,820 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$28 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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
METFORMIN HCL 1,392 1,308 1 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,354 1,282 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 793 725 3 4
ATENOLOL 737 713 4 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 717 639 5 20
OMEPRAZOLE 682 615 6 6
SIMVASTATIN 634 589 7 1
BENAZEPRIL HCL 586 558 8 21
LISINOPRIL 581 507 9 3
FINASTERIDE 561 540 10 73
MELOXICAM 557 509 11 46
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 552 483 12 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 521 496 13 13
GLIPIZIDE 467 422 14 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 460 430 15 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 456 426 16 22
DIOVAN 446 421 17 19
FUROSEMIDE 428 425 18 11
GABAPENTIN 423 387 19 18
RANITIDINE HCL 285 263 20 51
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 277 276 21 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 267 237 22 17
CARVEDILOL 263 260 23 25
IBUPROFEN 251 229 24 42
CLOPIDOGREL 241 239 25 36
GLIMEPIRIDE 209 199 26 47
PAROXETINE HCL 204 190 27 72
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 201 192 28 12
NAPROXEN 188 171 29 88
PROAIR HFA 185 169 30 32
FAMOTIDINE 177 174 31 33
ALLOPURINOL 171 171 32 31
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 170 170 33 14
PLAVIX 157 157 34 49
WARFARIN SODIUM 153 152 35 16
TRAMADOL HCL 151 142 36 30
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 146 138 37 55
AZITHROMYCIN 144 130 38 44
DIGOXIN 142 141 39 59
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 140 133 40 66
FENOFIBRATE 140 134 40 74
LOVASTATIN 139 120 42 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 138 138 43 28
DIOVAN HCT 133 133 44 64
LORATADINE 133 111 44 250
FLUOXETINE HCL 126 117 46 63
LANTUS 117 112 47 50
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 115 102 48 97
NIFEDIPINE ER 114 93 49 82
MIRTAZAPINE 114 101 49 70
TERAZOSIN HCL 107 107 51 48
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 107 104 51 67
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 106 98 53 75
PRAZOSIN HCL 105 105 54 340
GLYBURIDE 104 104 R 55 58
GLIPIZIDE ER 98 98 56 239
DONEPEZIL HCL 93 93 57 27
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 90 83 58 253
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 89 78 R 59 117
CLOTRIMAZOLE 89 84 59 312
NAMENDA 88 88 61 41
INSULIN SYRINGE 88 76 61 61
MECLIZINE HCL 88 86 61 122
JANUVIA 87 83 64 38
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 87 83 64 26
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86 78 66 181
PREDNISONE 81 58 67 57
SUCRALFATE 81 81 67 256
GLIPIZIDE-METFORMIN 79 79 69 475
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 78 69 70 24
CILOSTAZOL 76 76 71 202
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 74 73 72 120
EVISTA 72 72 73 90
KLOR-CON 10 68 62 74 145
NITROFURANTOIN 64 52 75 426
BENICAR 64 64 75 84
CRESTOR 63 56 77 34
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 63 63 R 77 157
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 61 59 79 116
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 60 60 80 139
AMIODARONE HCL 60 60 80 160
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 59 59 82 200
GEMFIBROZIL 59 57 82 96
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 57 57 84 81
CEPHALEXIN 55 47 85 111
BUPROPION HCL SR 52 43 86 296
COLCRYS 51 51 87 192
METRONIDAZOLE 50 43 88 329
NEXIUM 50 37 88 40
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.