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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,617Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 165 out of 6645

$1.32M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 185 out of 6645

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

3% of this provider’s 470 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 470 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 18,850 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

38% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

42 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 898 890 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 776 735 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 726 693 3 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 596 586 4 17
ATENOLOL 555 540 5 8
METFORMIN HCL 529 459 6 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 455 435 7 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 445 415 8 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 338 316 9 24
OMEPRAZOLE 312 287 10 6
FUROSEMIDE 307 307 11 11
DIOVAN 289 260 12 19
CRESTOR 284 284 13 34
JANUVIA 283 244 14 38
TAMSULOSIN HCL 274 268 15 22
ZETIA 274 252 15 87
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 273 260 17 12
NEXIUM 261 261 18 40
LISINOPRIL 260 247 19 3
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 253 227 20 29
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 252 252 21 13
BENICAR HCT 251 232 22 158
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 248 248 S3 23 5
CREON 248 245 23 114
GLYBURIDE 243 219 R 25 58
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 238 229 26 62
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 223 223 27 86
CLONIDINE HCL 222 221 28 56
WARFARIN SODIUM 212 212 29 16
LIDODERM 192 192 30 53
MELOXICAM 180 179 31 46
LIPITOR 179 171 32 69
DEXILANT 168 168 33 102
GABAPENTIN 163 162 34 18
BENICAR 161 161 35 84
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 160 156 36 14
CLOPIDOGREL 152 152 37 36
NAMENDA 149 149 38 41
CARVEDILOL 144 144 39 25
DONEPEZIL HCL 143 136 40 27
DIOVAN HCT 143 143 40 64
MICARDIS 140 140 42 232
AZITHROMYCIN 139 129 43 44
IBUPROFEN 129 124 44 42
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 128 116 45 28
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 121 121 46 20
ALLOPURINOL 119 119 47 31
SYNTHROID 118 118 48 79
AVODART 111 111 49 99
PAROXETINE HCL 111 111 49 72
PLAVIX 111 111 49 49
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 111 110 49 66
ACIPHEX 106 94 53 167
BENAZEPRIL HCL 103 92 54 21
VYTORIN 102 89 55 170
HYDRALAZINE HCL 93 90 56 77
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 91 90 57 67
LEXAPRO 90 90 58 218
EXELON 90 85 58 149
FAMOTIDINE 89 88 60 33
NASONEX 88 76 61 126
ONGLYZA 87 80 62 168
BYSTOLIC 86 86 63 110
MICARDIS HCT 82 82 64 299
GLIPIZIDE 79 73 65 23
ACTONEL 79 79 65 92
NITROSTAT 77 75 67 193
FLECTOR 76 75 68 230
SINGULAIR 76 62 68 76
VESICARE 74 74 70 148
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 73 71 71 55
LUNESTA 70 66 72 287
VOLTAREN 69 67 73 108
AZOR 65 65 74 152
JANUMET 65 65 74 132
CELEBREX 65 65 74 54
ADVAIR DISKUS 65 64 74 45
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 64 64 78 75
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 59 59 79 26
AMIODARONE HCL 56 56 80 160
TERAZOSIN HCL 56 56 80 48
GLIMEPIRIDE 55 55 82 47
PROAIR HFA 55 53 82 32
LEVOXYL 54 54 84 136
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 54 51 84 52
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 53 53 86 121
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 53 46 86 128
TRAMADOL HCL 53 53 86 30
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 53 52 S3 86 80
CLONIDINE 53 53 86 308
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 50 50 91 187
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.