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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,756Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 125 out of 517

$305K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 146 out of 517

348 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
47%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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

73% of this provider’s 348 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 3,338 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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 955 377 S3 1 5
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 539 268 S3 2 48
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 333 194 3 2
DIOVAN HCT 220 138 4 31
IBUPROFEN 216 95 5 16
PROAIR HFA 188 69 6 33
METFORMIN HCL 179 98 7 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 166 50 8 10
CARISOPRODOL 157 67 R 9 66
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 137 72 10 14
CRESTOR 134 63 11 27
SIMVASTATIN 126 105 12 1
FUROSEMIDE 126 66 12 9
OMEPRAZOLE 125 81 14 3
NIFEDIPINE ER 110 68 15 85
TAMSULOSIN HCL 98 93 16 22
BENAZEPRIL HCL 97 27 17 15
LISINOPRIL 92 50 18 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 90 63 19 6
NEXIUM 81 23 20 29
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 75 38 21 34
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 67 22 22 65
XOPENEX HFA 67 30 22 250
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 66 32 24 32
GLIPIZIDE 64 54 25 30
TRAMADOL HCL 64 47 25 19
AMPICILLIN TRIHYDRATE 63 33 27 162
CLONIDINE HCL 63 34 27 59
GLYBURIDE 58 28 R 29 53
GABAPENTIN 56 25 30 13
ALLOPURINOL 56 40 30 37
DIOVAN 54 27 32 20
CEPHALEXIN 54 25 32 82
GEMFIBROZIL 53 25 34 80
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 Feb. 4, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.