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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,840Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1037 out of 6645

$3.82M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 6645

163 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
15%Patients 65 Years and Older
58% 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

34% of this provider’s 163 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

56% of this provider’s 163 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 545 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

50% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$432 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

54 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
TRUVADA 502 0 1 135
ISENTRESS 264 14 2 173
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 261 0 S3 3 5
ACYCLOVIR 249 0 4 206
NORVIR 241 11 5 133
INTELENCE 223 15 6 305
OXYCODONE HCL 212 26 S2 7 162
VIRAMUNE XR 193 0 10 8 371
TESTOSTERONE CYPIONATE 184 0 S3 10 9 324
OXYCONTIN 178 0 S2 10 236
PREZISTA 143 0 11 194
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 129 0 12 134
LISINOPRIL 129 0 12 3
EPZICOM 117 11 14 223
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 116 13 15 10
VALACYCLOVIR 113 0 16 271
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 113 0 16 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 112 14 18 17
FINASTERIDE 102 11 19 73
TRAZODONE HCL 98 0 20 60
EGRIFTA 97 0 10 21 482
REYATAZ 92 11 22 197
AVODART 90 0 23 99
SELZENTRY 89 13 24 428
OXANDROLONE 86 0 10 25 491
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 83 0 S2 26 655
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 83 24 S2 26 124
OMEPRAZOLE 81 0 28 6
ANDROGEL 81 0 S3 28 279
FLUCONAZOLE 76 0 30 298
VIREAD 74 0 31 259
TRICOR 68 0 32 138
GABAPENTIN 67 0 33 18
ATRIPLA 64 0 34 254
CARISOPRODOL 64 0 R 34 94
DRONABINOL 62 0 36 463
TESTIM 61 23 37 523
CITALOPRAM HBR 60 0 38 35
AZITHROMYCIN 60 0 38 44
PATANOL 57 0 40 131
IBUPROFEN 57 0 40 42
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 56 0 42 347
NEXIUM 55 0 43 40
LOVAZA 54 0 44 68
BUPROPION XL 54 0 44 225
CREON 51 0 46 114
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.