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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,184Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 538 out of 6645

$1.18M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 229 out of 6645

583 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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

19% of this provider’s 583 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 583 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 7,808 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$97 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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 860 454 S3 1 5
FUROSEMIDE 416 278 2 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 276 221 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 249 137 4 6
CARVEDILOL 247 146 5 25
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 207 154 6 156
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 203 167 7 4
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 203 150 7 112
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 166 126 9 12
KLOR-CON 8 156 107 10 123
LEVOFLOXACIN 148 103 11 83
OXYCONTIN 141 54 S2 12 236
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 139 74 13 17
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 132 109 14 185
GABAPENTIN 127 51 15 18
SIMVASTATIN 126 80 16 1
CRESTOR 123 94 17 34
LEVETIRACETAM 122 85 18 119
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 112 89 19 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 108 84 20 16
DEXILANT 104 81 21 102
ATENOLOL 102 73 22 8
INSULIN SYRINGE 98 57 23 61
CARISOPRODOL 94 20 R 24 94
TRAZODONE HCL 94 65 24 60
NIFEDIPINE ER 92 85 26 82
CEPHALEXIN 92 45 26 111
FAMOTIDINE 91 55 28 33
PROAIR HFA 90 44 29 32
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 88 64 30 120
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 88 49 30 24
TAMSULOSIN HCL 86 75 32 22
PREDNISONE 84 56 33 57
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 83 54 34 28
BENAZEPRIL HCL 82 68 35 21
TRAMADOL HCL 82 53 35 30
NEXIUM 80 53 37 40
VOLTAREN 80 42 37 108
HYDRALAZINE HCL 78 54 39 77
LISINOPRIL 76 59 40 3
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 74 18 S2 41 235
LYRICA 74 50 41 127
MUPIROCIN 71 33 43 294
BACLOFEN 68 30 44 100
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 67 52 45 10
NOVOLIN N 67 56 45 106
DIGOXIN 66 46 47 59
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 66 50 S2 47 213
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 65 33 49 198
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 64 43 50 29
NOVOLIN R 64 64 50 142
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 63 37 52 113
LIDODERM 63 21 52 53
CLOPIDOGREL 63 47 52 36
DONEPEZIL HCL 62 59 55 27
SPIRIVA 61 29 56 65
JANUVIA 61 49 56 38
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 60 42 S3 58 80
ADVAIR DISKUS 60 34 58 45
LANSOPRAZOLE 59 36 60 163
KETOCONAZOLE 57 30 61 196
IBUPROFEN 55 31 62 42
METFORMIN HCL 55 34 62 7
HUMULIN N 55 38 62 381
DIOVAN 54 49 65 19
PLAVIX 54 34 65 49
SANTYL 54 50 65 302
HUMALOG 53 50 68 137
CYMBALTA 53 17 68 78
RISPERIDONE 53 40 68 93
MORPHINE SULFATE 52 11 S2 71 326
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 52 31 71 67
AZITHROMYCIN 52 34 71 44
HUMULIN 70-30 52 22 71 328
LANTUS 51 49 75 50
NOVOLOG 50 48 76 144
NIFEDICAL XL 50 38 76 295
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 Sept. 22, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.