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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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37,048Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 6645

$3.26M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 6645

510 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%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

18% of this provider’s 510 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 34,703 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

53% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$88 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

73 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 1,289 1,208 1 53
NEXIUM 1,288 1,206 2 40
CRESTOR 1,060 964 3 34
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 976 903 4 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 770 705 5 10
DIOVAN 739 695 6 19
TRAMADOL HCL 703 658 7 30
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 695 676 8 62
DIOVAN HCT 695 637 8 64
CELEBREX 643 618 10 54
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 606 557 11 4
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 596 576 12 24
SIMVASTATIN 577 555 13 1
METFORMIN HCL 565 516 14 7
JANUVIA 558 530 15 38
CREON 555 552 16 114
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 551 535 17 17
ATENOLOL 548 473 18 8
CAPTOPRIL 547 539 10 19 221
RANITIDINE HCL 512 485 20 51
FUROSEMIDE 495 452 21 11
GABAPENTIN 465 447 22 18
ALLOPURINOL 434 398 23 31
MECLIZINE HCL 409 401 24 122
LOVAZA 395 362 25 68
MELOXICAM 392 385 26 46
SYNTHROID 388 380 27 79
NAMENDA 376 370 28 41
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 371 357 29 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 334 317 30 28
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 328 291 S3 31 5
ACIPHEX 320 302 10 32 167
VESICARE 315 313 33 148
ZETIA 314 302 34 87
TAMSULOSIN HCL 309 296 35 22
OMEPRAZOLE 294 263 36 6
VOLTAREN 290 286 37 108
LIPITOR 279 276 38 69
DONEPEZIL HCL 277 276 39 27
ADVAIR DISKUS 272 258 40 45
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 269 260 41 97
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 265 247 42 14
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 254 249 43 29
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 251 251 44 121
CLOPIDOGREL 233 216 45 36
PLAVIX 231 214 46 49
BENAZEPRIL HCL 231 190 46 21
FAMOTIDINE 230 205 48 33
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 228 228 49 66
JANUMET 226 190 50 132
GLIMEPIRIDE 217 211 51 47
KLOR-CON 8 213 208 52 123
SPIRIVA 212 191 53 65
CYMBALTA 204 204 54 78
BENICAR HCT 199 188 55 158
SINGULAIR 197 185 56 76
BYSTOLIC 197 169 56 110
ACTONEL 195 183 58 92
DEXILANT 184 164 59 102
CARVEDILOL 182 156 60 25
LISINOPRIL 167 149 61 3
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 165 150 S3 62 80
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 165 160 62 20
AVODART 165 165 62 99
NASONEX 162 157 65 126
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 159 159 66 13
FLECTOR 158 155 67 230
AMIODARONE HCL 147 125 68 160
BENICAR 142 138 69 84
PREMARIN 139 127 R 70 169
SERTRALINE HCL 135 134 71 43
SYMBICORT 130 130 72 153
LYRICA 127 120 73 127
NITROSTAT 127 125 73 193
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 123 111 75 86
VYTORIN 122 114 76 170
LACTULOSE 118 113 77 125
LANSOPRAZOLE 117 117 78 163
LEXAPRO 113 103 79 218
EXELON 112 112 80 149
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 111 88 81 306
ROPINIROLE HCL 110 102 82 166
LUNESTA 108 97 83 287
PROAIR HFA 107 100 84 32
IBUPROFEN 106 63 85 42
PROPRANOLOL HCL 106 100 85 151
WARFARIN SODIUM 103 103 87 16
AMITIZA 100 100 88 245
NAPROXEN 99 99 89 88
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 95 95 90 75
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 93 86 91 120
CILOSTAZOL 92 92 92 202
DICYCLOMINE HCL 92 92 92 278
MICARDIS 91 67 94 232
AZITHROMYCIN 91 78 94 44
SOLARAZE 89 84 96 394
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 89 71 96 128
TRICOR 88 78 98 138
PATANOL 88 65 98 131
EVISTA 85 85 100 90
GLIPIZIDE 84 74 101 23
ACTOS 83 83 102 71
TEKTURNA 82 82 103 264
LANTUS 82 65 103 50
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 81 79 105 347
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 80 78 106 55
SPIRONOLACTONE 78 69 107 85
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 78 66 107 52
ALCOHOL PREP PADS 78 78 107 330
SINGLE USE SWAB 75 73 110 350
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 75 74 110 250
MICARDIS HCT 74 61 112 299
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 73 72 113 263
FINASTERIDE 71 58 114 73
PATADAY 70 53 115 183
RAMIPRIL 70 58 115 118
CLONIDINE HCL 69 61 117 56
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 63 118 314
SUCRALFATE 66 54 119 256
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 66 59 119 26
NATEGLINIDE 66 66 119 220
ZALEPLON 65 63 122 490
HYDROXYZINE HCL 62 56 R 123 161
TRIBENZOR 62 62 123 257
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 60 125 9
LEVOFLOXACIN 59 55 126 83
PATANASE 58 57 127 427
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 57 35 128 175
GLIPIZIDE XL 57 44 128 315
TRADJENTA 57 57 128 401
COLCRYS 56 41 131 192
PROMETHAZINE HCL 56 53 R 131 219
EDARBYCLOR 54 54 10 133 630
BUSPIRONE HCL 54 54 133 207
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 53 53 135 176
TERAZOSIN HCL 52 52 136 48
CARAFATE 52 52 136 469
DETROL LA 52 52 136 260
FLUOCINONIDE 51 51 139 130
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 Aug. 2, 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.