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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,977Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1577 out of 6645

$373K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1853 out of 6645

271 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
79% 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

4% of this provider’s 271 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 271 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 6,552 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

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 258 229 1 2
CARVEDILOL 236 217 2 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 229 229 3 16
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 182 177 4 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 182 179 4 10
SIMVASTATIN 182 169 4 1
OMEPRAZOLE 172 150 7 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 166 151 S3 8 5
FUROSEMIDE 142 138 9 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 142 142 9 27
DIOVAN 127 112 11 19
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 122 115 12 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 118 114 13 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 110 102 14 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 109 86 15 9
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 102 97 16 29
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 94 94 17 112
LISINOPRIL 93 85 18 3
METFORMIN HCL 91 64 19 7
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 90 90 20 156
FAMOTIDINE 89 88 21 33
PREDNISONE 88 70 22 57
GABAPENTIN 88 82 22 18
TRAMADOL HCL 83 69 24 30
MEGESTROL ACETATE 81 81 R 25 104
NAMENDA 79 75 26 41
BENICAR 76 72 27 84
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 73 73 28 24
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 70 70 29 113
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 63 61 30 116
SINGULAIR 63 55 30 76
PLAVIX 61 61 32 49
GLIPIZIDE 58 54 33 23
LEVEMIR 54 54 34 272
CLOPIDOGREL 53 53 35 36
TAMSULOSIN HCL 50 49 36 22
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 Oct. 18, 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.