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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,898Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 298 out of 6645

$1.07M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 275 out of 6645

335 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
82% 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

17% of this provider’s 335 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 335 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 12,931 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

47 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 900 694 1 16
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 659 562 2 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 468 467 3 27
FUROSEMIDE 463 373 4 11
OMEPRAZOLE 363 301 5 6
MIRTAZAPINE 350 343 6 70
NAMENDA 336 336 7 41
RISPERIDONE 332 276 8 93
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 315 298 9 2
SIMVASTATIN 309 246 10 1
FAMOTIDINE 251 169 11 33
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 248 165 S3 12 5
GABAPENTIN 246 167 13 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 218 172 14 17
CYMBALTA 213 145 15 78
LISINOPRIL 209 162 16 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 199 166 17 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 195 168 18 35
SERTRALINE HCL 172 162 19 43
LEVETIRACETAM 165 139 20 119
LANTUS 165 110 20 50
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 164 149 22 101
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 163 158 23 10
ADVAIR DISKUS 147 124 24 45
TAMSULOSIN HCL 131 119 25 22
TRAMADOL HCL 128 100 26 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 126 109 27 24
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 125 110 S2 28 150
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 124 108 29 9
ABILIFY 124 108 29 204
SPIRIVA 119 101 31 65
METFORMIN HCL 119 87 31 7
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 116 116 33 116
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 113 99 34 201
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 112 82 35 28
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 106 82 36 86
BACLOFEN 104 78 37 100
LATANOPROST 102 99 38 320
TRAZODONE HCL 101 77 39 60
DIGOXIN 100 90 40 59
LEVOFLOXACIN 98 81 41 83
OXYCODONE HCL 95 75 S2 42 162
NOVOLIN R 94 61 43 142
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 90 73 44 20
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 88 69 45 179
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 87 75 46 12
METHADONE HCL 86 46 S2 47 186
ROPINIROLE HCL 83 83 48 166
BUSPIRONE HCL 79 77 49 207
OLANZAPINE 78 47 50 140
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 76 63 51 120
NITROFURANTOIN 76 73 51 426
GLIPIZIDE 75 71 53 23
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 73 39 54 113
KLOR-CON M20 73 51 54 203
HUMALOG 73 64 54 137
LIDODERM 72 38 57 53
EXELON 71 71 58 149
LYRICA 71 50 58 127
ONDANSETRON HCL 69 56 60 419
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 68 58 61 26
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 66 52 62 238
HYDROXYZINE HCL 65 59 R 63 161
CARVEDILOL 64 61 64 25
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 62 55 65 233
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 62 52 65 14
NYSTOP 61 51 67 348
OXYCONTIN 61 41 S2 67 236
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 61 50 67 134
CLOPIDOGREL 59 57 70 36
NYSTATIN 58 47 71 234
PREVACID 58 54 71 579
ATENOLOL 58 56 71 8
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 57 55 74 67
CRESTOR 57 26 74 34
FENTANYL 56 42 S2 76 141
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 55 52 77 55
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 54 31 S2 78 124
LIDOCAINE HCL 54 40 78 481
PREMARIN 52 52 R 80 169
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 51 30 81 139
PRADAXA 51 46 81 247
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 7, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.