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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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32,302Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 448

$2.23M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 448

962 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% 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

12% of this provider’s 962 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 31,330 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

42% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 45%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $111 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,166 1,084 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,149 1,140 2 12
SIMVASTATIN 1,084 1,040 3 4
METFORMIN HCL 934 904 4 2
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 697 685 5 95
MELOXICAM 693 686 6 65
GABAPENTIN 671 658 7 30
OMEPRAZOLE 653 640 8 21
DIOVAN 646 622 9 23
GLIMEPIRIDE 633 597 10 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 621 603 11 16
NEXIUM 568 556 12 63
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 535 535 13 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 532 532 14 68
TAMSULOSIN HCL 507 506 15 46
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 483 475 16 37
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 477 464 17 39
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 449 447 18 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 429 393 19 31
JANUVIA 426 406 20 6
CELEBREX 400 398 21 69
LEXAPRO 367 354 22 160
VOLTAREN 364 357 23 113
CRESTOR 353 344 24 22
ATENOLOL 329 328 25 29
TRAMADOL HCL 318 313 26 67
CITALOPRAM HBR 303 287 27 94
NAMENDA 296 296 28 86
ALLOPURINOL 294 293 29 48
DIOVAN HCT 276 276 30 61
MIRTAZAPINE 270 268 31 152
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 267 265 32 50
VESICARE 256 253 33 180
BONIVA 256 251 33 194
PLAVIX 255 255 35 75
DEXILANT 253 239 36 98
LIPITOR 238 233 37 56
LOVAZA 238 238 37 43
RANITIDINE HCL 234 231 39 115
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 232 227 S3 40 33
CLOPIDOGREL 231 231 41 71
NASONEX 231 219 41 125
FUROSEMIDE 219 217 43 25
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 217 201 44 203
METHIMAZOLE 200 192 45 24
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 196 194 46 178
BENAZEPRIL HCL 195 189 47 38
LEVOXYL 194 185 48 18
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 190 183 49 209
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 188 185 R 50 52
ACTONEL 179 176 51 84
ADVAIR DISKUS 171 169 52 112
ONGLYZA 170 152 53 58
AVODART 170 170 53 124
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 166 166 55 171
LANTUS 164 137 56 8
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 159 159 57 221
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 158 157 58 44
SERTRALINE HCL 157 152 59 93
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 157 151 59 81
MEGESTROL ACETATE 156 156 R 61 204
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 152 147 R 62 157
EXELON 147 147 63 190
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 146 146 64 185
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 141 140 65 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 128 123 66 62
LEVOFLOXACIN 127 125 67 177
LIDODERM 126 121 68 100
PREDNISONE 126 117 68 139
DIGOXIN 125 125 70 120
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 120 111 71 10
LACTULOSE 119 92 72 184
AZITHROMYCIN 118 112 73 77
PEN NEEDLE 118 109 73 5
SYNTHROID 116 111 75 3
JANUMET 114 103 76 32
INSULIN SYRINGE 112 89 77 9
ACIPHEX 111 110 78 180
FORTEO 110 104 79 101
LANSOPRAZOLE 109 108 80 143
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 107 103 81 88
BYSTOLIC 105 105 82 128
SPIRONOLACTONE 100 82 83 110
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 98 98 84 108
ACTOS 97 94 85 20
CLONIDINE HCL 97 97 85 72
IBUPROFEN 96 88 87 79
FENOFIBRATE 89 83 88 59
PROPRANOLOL HCL 89 89 88 170
WARFARIN SODIUM 88 88 90 53
HUMALOG 87 75 91 11
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 87 87 91 233
LYRICA 85 83 93 155
TOVIAZ 85 84 93 260
ATELVIA 83 83 95 102
SINGULAIR 83 81 95 99
FLUOXETINE HCL 83 83 95 147
PROAIR HFA 82 82 98 121
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 82 79 98 97
KETOCONAZOLE 80 77 100 186
SYMBICORT 80 80 100 236
VENTOLIN HFA 80 75 100 266
LOVASTATIN 79 79 103 40
CREON 77 74 104 176
BUPROPION XL 77 77 104 168
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 76 76 106 231
TRICOR 73 73 107 106
BENICAR 73 73 107 111
CARVEDILOL 71 70 109 36
SEROQUEL 71 71 109 271
MECLIZINE HCL 68 68 111 137
ENABLEX 66 66 112 278
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 65 64 113 109
FINASTERIDE 63 63 114 136
EVISTA 61 61 115 90
PREMARIN 61 61 R 115 206
PROCTOZONE-HC 58 57 117 210
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 58 58 117 55
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 57 55 119 218
PAROXETINE HCL 56 56 120 146
TRILIPIX 55 49 121 123
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 53 52 122 197
ZETIA 53 51 122 41
TRAZODONE HCL 51 48 124 145
AZOR 50 50 125 188
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 July 8, 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.