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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,222Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 249 out of 6645

$1.01M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 309 out of 6645

386 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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

16% of this provider’s 386 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

33% of this provider’s 386 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 15,452 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 865 762 S3 1 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 684 653 2 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 649 593 3 16
FUROSEMIDE 574 546 4 11
SIMVASTATIN 499 444 5 1
LISINOPRIL 369 335 6 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 368 361 7 27
OMEPRAZOLE 363 328 8 6
GABAPENTIN 350 331 9 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 338 308 10 28
RISPERIDONE 330 322 11 93
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 318 283 12 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 318 305 12 2
NAMENDA 291 283 14 41
LANTUS 274 252 15 50
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 227 227 16 12
FENTANYL 221 204 S2 17 141
CITALOPRAM HBR 208 196 18 35
HUMALOG 204 182 19 137
CYMBALTA 186 167 20 78
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 181 151 S2 21 124
MELOXICAM 179 161 22 46
METFORMIN HCL 174 135 23 7
MIRTAZAPINE 171 170 24 70
GLIMEPIRIDE 170 153 25 47
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 154 143 26 14
DIGOXIN 150 138 27 59
EXELON 146 146 28 149
FAMOTIDINE 133 104 29 33
DIOVAN 131 119 30 19
SERTRALINE HCL 130 107 31 43
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 129 97 32 9
CLOPIDOGREL 125 100 33 36
NOVOLOG 123 101 34 144
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 113 101 35 113
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 110 107 36 29
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 109 93 37 101
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 106 104 38 201
CARVEDILOL 103 76 39 25
ALLOPURINOL 100 81 40 31
BACLOFEN 99 72 41 100
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 94 86 42 10
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 93 88 43 179
ATENOLOL 90 77 44 8
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 85 75 45 86
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 83 82 46 24
METHADONE HCL 82 82 S2 47 186
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 81 81 48 116
TAMSULOSIN HCL 80 79 49 22
TRAMADOL HCL 77 77 50 30
KLOR-CON 8 75 75 51 123
TRAZODONE HCL 74 68 52 60
BENAZEPRIL HCL 72 72 53 21
OLANZAPINE 72 71 53 140
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 72 56 53 20
PERMETHRIN 71 69 56 384
PLAVIX 70 52 57 49
CEFTRIAXONE 69 66 58 409
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 68 65 S2 59 213
HYDRALAZINE HCL 66 57 60 77
CLONIDINE HCL 65 48 61 56
MEGESTROL ACETATE 64 58 R 62 104
FENOFIBRATE 64 38 62 74
AMIODARONE HCL 63 63 64 160
ADVAIR DISKUS 63 63 64 45
CELEBREX 62 62 66 54
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 61 59 67 66
LEVOFLOXACIN 60 57 68 83
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 59 59 S2 69 150
LACTULOSE 59 57 69 125
FORTICAL 57 57 71 313
SANTYL 55 48 72 302
NIFEDIPINE ER 54 52 73 82
MUPIROCIN 54 49 73 294
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 54 54 73 447
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 53 50 76 139
HYDROXYZINE HCL 53 52 R 76 161
LIDOCAINE HCL 52 51 78 481
LEVEMIR 51 17 79 272
LIDODERM 50 50 80 53
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 50 47 80 17
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.