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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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30,054Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 43 out of 6645

$3.15M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 28 out of 6645

793 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
99% 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

9% of this provider’s 793 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 29,197 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

56% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$105 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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
LIDODERM 1,141 1,124 1 53
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 844 818 2 2
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 725 718 3 55
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 711 701 4 10
CEPHALEXIN 667 646 10 5 111
PATADAY 621 619 6 183
SIMVASTATIN 545 514 7 1
FLUOCINONIDE 514 503 8 130
OMEPRAZOLE 505 480 9 6
VOLTAREN 487 482 10 108
NEXIUM 480 472 11 40
IBUPROFEN 467 445 12 42
DIOVAN 459 449 13 19
BENICAR 452 452 14 84
EVISTA 430 430 15 90
JANUVIA 423 423 16 38
PROLIA 418 415 10 17 359
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 412 412 18 17
DIOVAN HCT 404 399 19 64
ATELVIA 379 379 20 91
CRESTOR 370 370 21 34
GLIMEPIRIDE 364 364 22 47
MELOXICAM 351 318 23 46
LOVAZA 343 322 24 68
AZOR 320 320 25 152
TAMSULOSIN HCL 318 304 26 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 316 305 27 14
CELEBREX 311 311 28 54
EXFORGE 308 308 29 155
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 305 292 30 62
SINGULAIR 301 293 31 76
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 299 284 32 112
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 285 246 33 20
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 263 258 34 215
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 254 237 35 12
LYRICA 252 252 36 127
LEVOFLOXACIN 244 238 37 83
ATENOLOL 235 209 38 8
EFFIENT 231 230 39 261
FLECTOR 231 231 39 230
GABAPENTIN 221 199 41 18
BYSTOLIC 220 220 42 110
JANUMET 209 198 43 132
ACTONEL 201 199 44 92
PATANOL 196 182 45 131
ACTOS 194 183 46 71
METFORMIN HCL 191 164 47 7
LIVALO 189 189 10 48 274
CLOPIDOGREL 187 176 49 36
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 176 170 R 50 95
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 173 168 51 128
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 167 167 52 9
HYDROXYZINE HCL 164 156 R 53 161
CREON 158 157 54 114
PROPRANOLOL HCL 156 156 55 151
ACTOPLUS MET 154 154 56 275
DEXILANT 152 152 57 102
TRILIPIX 151 148 58 178
DONEPEZIL HCL 151 149 58 27
PENNSAID 150 150 60 366
NAMENDA 150 149 60 41
ULORIC 142 142 62 227
NASONEX 139 139 63 126
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 135 135 64 4
FENOFIBRATE 135 122 64 74
AMOXICILLIN 130 129 66 107
EDARBI 130 130 10 66 430
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 129 125 68 177
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 128 116 S3 69 80
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 123 117 70 214
AZITHROMYCIN 121 117 71 44
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 121 121 71 24
VIREAD 120 108 73 259
PLAVIX 120 117 73 49
MEGESTROL ACETATE 119 119 R 75 104
PREDNISONE 118 116 76 57
EXELON 118 118 76 149
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 112 112 78 97
TRICOR 111 111 79 138
LANSOPRAZOLE 107 107 80 163
AVODART 106 96 81 99
PROCTOZONE-HC 105 105 82 243
CARVEDILOL 102 102 83 25
ACIPHEX 101 100 84 167
SUPRAX 99 99 10 85 406
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-DEXAMETH 98 97 86 390
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 95 91 R 87 184
MICARDIS HCT 92 92 88 299
BENICAR HCT 90 86 89 158
CARISOPRODOL 90 90 R 89 94
TRADJENTA 88 88 91 401
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 84 84 92 344
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 84 83 92 347
HYDRALAZINE HCL 79 75 94 77
FAMOTIDINE 77 74 95 33
LOPERAMIDE 75 66 96 281
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 74 74 97 121
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 72 56 S3 98 5
PROCRIT 70 70 99 352
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 70 70 99 29
ALLOPURINOL 70 67 99 31
CLONIDINE HCL 70 60 99 56
CYMBALTA 70 68 99 78
LIPITOR 69 64 104 69
ENABLEX 68 68 105 301
LUNESTA 68 68 105 287
LEVEMIR 68 68 105 272
CIPRODEX 67 65 108 515
AMPICILLIN TRIHYDRATE 67 67 108 327
BENAZEPRIL HCL 61 52 110 21
AMIODARONE HCL 60 60 111 160
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 59 57 112 26
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 59 59 112 75
METFORMIN HCL ER 58 58 114 89
MECLIZINE HCL 56 40 115 122
FINASTERIDE 56 56 115 73
NIFEDIPINE ER 56 56 115 82
MEGACE ES 55 55 R 118 382
PROAIR HFA 55 55 118 32
FUROSEMIDE 55 55 118 11
LANTUS 53 53 121 50
WELCHOL 52 40 122 199
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 52 52 122 116
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 51 51 124 109
CEFTRIAXONE 50 47 125 409
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 April 27, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.