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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,734Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 95 out of 6645

$1.17M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 231 out of 6645

1,484 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
86% 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

1% of this provider’s 1,484 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 1,484 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 22,986 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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
LOVASTATIN 1,434 1,392 1 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 1,094 1,072 2 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,015 999 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 988 952 4 6
ATENOLOL 934 909 5 8
LISINOPRIL 918 889 6 3
SIMVASTATIN 906 871 7 1
METFORMIN HCL 812 755 8 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 752 721 9 12
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 635 628 10 55
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 466 450 10 11 291
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 458 430 12 9
ALLOPURINOL 387 387 13 31
FUROSEMIDE 385 379 14 11
IBUPROFEN 346 331 15 42
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 310 308 16 62
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 301 298 17 215
GLIMEPIRIDE 280 267 18 47
FAMOTIDINE 274 266 19 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 272 269 20 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 272 266 20 4
GLIPIZIDE 232 215 22 23
BENAZEPRIL HCL 231 192 23 21
JANUVIA 226 224 24 38
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 224 222 25 81
AZITHROMYCIN 217 210 26 44
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 211 203 27 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 207 207 28 24
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 195 192 R 29 95
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 191 184 30 109
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 190 181 S3 31 5
GEMFIBROZIL 189 186 32 96
TAMSULOSIN HCL 189 181 32 22
DIOVAN 178 178 34 19
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 177 172 35 321
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 157 157 36 112
WARFARIN SODIUM 149 145 37 16
ACTOS 147 145 38 71
ADVAIR DISKUS 145 140 39 45
MECLIZINE HCL 145 145 39 122
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 142 141 41 28
FLUOCINONIDE 136 135 42 130
CARVEDILOL 132 122 43 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 129 116 44 29
AMOXICILLIN 123 120 45 107
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 122 120 46 26
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 119 119 47 66
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 118 112 48 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 115 110 49 27
DIGOXIN 114 110 50 59
COMBIVENT 108 108 51 174
SPIRIVA 108 108 51 65
COLCRYS 107 107 53 192
MELOXICAM 105 105 54 46
INDOMETHACIN 101 99 R 55 393
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 100 96 56 37
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 99 99 57 253
FELODIPINE ER 99 92 57 105
CLOPIDOGREL 99 99 57 36
GABAPENTIN 98 94 60 18
GLYBURIDE 92 76 R 61 58
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 91 87 62 17
PREDNISONE 91 90 62 57
PROAIR HFA 91 87 62 32
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 85 85 65 263
LIDODERM 81 81 66 53
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 80 80 R 67 184
NIFEDIPINE ER 80 80 67 82
PROPRANOLOL HCL 79 67 69 151
PLAVIX 77 77 70 49
LIPITOR 75 75 71 69
QVAR 74 72 72 103
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 68 66 73 67
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 67 67 74 228
TERAZOSIN HCL 66 59 75 48
DIOVAN HCT 66 66 75 64
FINASTERIDE 65 65 77 73
DILTIAZEM ER 65 65 77 182
HYDRALAZINE HCL 62 62 79 77
PROCTOZONE-HC 60 60 80 243
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 60 60 80 116
ZETIA 58 54 82 87
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 57 57 83 52
NAMENDA 55 55 84 41
KLOR-CON 8 54 52 85 123
NIFEDIAC CC 52 49 86 231
NAPROXEN 51 50 87 88
BENICAR 51 51 87 84
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 March 3, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.