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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,117Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1944 out of 6645

$366K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1914 out of 6645

380 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
26% 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

21% of this provider’s 380 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 5,560 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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 368 273 S3 1 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 332 322 2 4
LISINOPRIL 224 207 3 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 203 198 4 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 191 183 5 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 189 186 6 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 183 183 7 13
OMEPRAZOLE 172 165 8 6
FUROSEMIDE 169 160 9 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 123 123 10 16
LOVASTATIN 112 112 11 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 109 102 12 28
METFORMIN HCL 106 85 13 7
SIMVASTATIN 103 99 14 1
ATENOLOL 94 76 15 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 90 88 16 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 70 70 17 12
AZITHROMYCIN 68 62 18 44
KLOR-CON 10 66 60 19 145
DIOVAN 66 62 19 19
CARVEDILOL 60 57 21 25
BENICAR HCT 58 58 22 158
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 55 55 23 14
ALLOPURINOL 54 48 24 31
DIGOXIN 53 53 25 59
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 May 17, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.