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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,801Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1431 out of 6969

$451K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 754 out of 6969

227 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 5,264 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

50% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$78 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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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
CRESTOR 180 149 1 39
SIMVASTATIN 171 148 2 1
CELEBREX 163 140 3 67
OMEPRAZOLE 148 144 4 6
ATENOLOL 147 144 5 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 141 124 6 22
FUROSEMIDE 135 127 7 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 126 112 8 16
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 124 120 9 78
TAMSULOSIN HCL 113 108 10 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 111 106 11 32
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 107 97 12 4
DEXILANT 95 77 13 110
AVODART 90 79 14 108
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 89 84 15 11
DIOVAN HCT 82 76 16 57
TRAMADOL HCL 79 65 17 27
BYSTOLIC 76 69 18 155
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 73 19 53
LOVAZA 71 63 20 77
NAMENDA 70 62 21 51
MECLIZINE HCL 70 67 21 100
NEXIUM 68 68 23 52
MELOXICAM 62 53 24 36
ZETIA 61 50 25 98
ALCOHOL PREP PADS 61 61 25 282
IBUPROFEN 60 43 27 29
CARVEDILOL 59 51 28 25
DIOVAN 58 58 29 26
METFORMIN HCL 57 51 30 7
ATELVIA 56 52 31 111
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 54 48 32 14
LYRICA 53 31 33 137
PLAVIX 50 50 34 68
TRILIPIX 50 34 34 175
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. 19, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.