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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,107Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1221 out of 6645

$390K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1728 out of 6645

537 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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

11% of this provider’s 537 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 7,711 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 628 608 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 408 397 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 361 331 3 6
LOVASTATIN 355 348 4 15
METFORMIN HCL 311 279 5 7
BENAZEPRIL HCL 283 277 6 21
CARVEDILOL 262 259 7 25
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 244 244 8 4
LISINOPRIL 228 211 9 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 201 195 10 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 165 157 11 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 149 145 12 22
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 149 136 12 97
DIOVAN 144 141 14 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 137 123 S3 15 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 130 124 16 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 117 112 17 14
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 99 93 18 29
GABAPENTIN 94 94 19 18
GLIMEPIRIDE 89 75 20 47
FUROSEMIDE 89 89 20 11
DIOVAN HCT 86 86 22 64
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 76 23 37
ALLOPURINOL 71 68 24 31
ACTONEL 68 68 25 92
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 68 60 25 17
GLIPIZIDE 67 51 27 23
ATENOLOL 67 61 27 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 67 67 27 13
GEMFIBROZIL 66 54 30 96
CHLORTHALIDONE 59 59 31 180
MELOXICAM 58 55 32 46
DONEPEZIL HCL 55 55 33 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 54 39 34 35
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 54 54 34 24
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 53 52 36 26
BENICAR HCT 52 52 37 158
TRAMADOL HCL 52 51 37 30
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 Nov. 5, 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.