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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,374Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 244 out of 6645

$1.1M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 263 out of 6645

509 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
84% 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

13% of this provider’s 509 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 16,494 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

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
METFORMIN HCL 759 706 1 7
OMEPRAZOLE 713 688 2 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 659 640 3 2
BENAZEPRIL HCL 630 611 4 21
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 629 568 5 4
SIMVASTATIN 512 498 6 1
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 459 449 7 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 407 378 8 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 382 356 9 17
MELOXICAM 330 320 10 46
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 303 292 11 20
DIOVAN 284 273 12 19
GABAPENTIN 267 244 13 18
FUROSEMIDE 261 258 14 11
ATENOLOL 261 256 14 8
LISINOPRIL 245 225 16 3
JANUVIA 243 241 17 38
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 222 176 S3 18 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 216 216 19 27
SERTRALINE HCL 192 191 20 43
LANTUS 190 189 21 50
WARFARIN SODIUM 182 179 22 16
NEXIUM 171 163 23 40
IBUPROFEN 162 139 24 42
TRAMADOL HCL 161 153 25 30
NIFEDIPINE ER 160 154 26 82
LOVASTATIN 158 147 27 15
GLIPIZIDE 155 143 28 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 152 143 29 24
VOLTAREN 151 149 30 108
SURE-PREP ALCOHOL PREP PADS 148 139 10 31 535
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 146 140 32 12
DIOVAN HCT 139 138 33 64
CRESTOR 138 135 34 34
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 134 134 35 28
CLONIDINE HCL 123 123 36 56
NAMENDA 122 122 37 41
CLOPIDOGREL 118 118 38 36
GLIMEPIRIDE 118 107 38 47
PAROXETINE HCL 115 107 40 72
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 115 110 40 55
FORTEO 115 104 40 280
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 113 107 43 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 109 107 44 22
LIDODERM 103 96 45 53
LIPITOR 98 94 46 69
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 94 92 47 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 89 87 48 29
LOVAZA 89 79 48 68
PLAVIX 84 84 50 49
ACTOS 81 80 51 71
ADVAIR DISKUS 80 71 52 45
AZITHROMYCIN 77 70 53 44
PROMETHAZINE HCL 75 67 R 54 219
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 74 68 55 185
INSULIN SYRINGE 73 73 56 61
HUMALOG 73 71 56 137
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 72 64 58 177
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 68 67 59 121
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 68 64 59 67
SUCRALFATE 67 67 61 256
LYRICA 66 66 62 127
PEN NEEDLE 66 64 62 159
NIFEDIAC CC 64 63 64 231
PROAIR HFA 63 62 65 32
MEGESTROL ACETATE 63 63 R 65 104
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 62 60 67 75
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 57 57 68 101
MIRTAZAPINE 56 56 69 70
NASONEX 56 50 69 126
SURE COMFORT 56 54 69 358
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 41 72 181
FLUOCINONIDE 52 47 73 130
GLYBURIDE 51 51 R 74 58
CARVEDILOL 51 44 74 25
SINGULAIR 51 46 74 76
SYNTHROID 50 44 77 79
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 50 48 77 120
LANSOPRAZOLE 50 50 77 163
HYDRALAZINE HCL 50 50 77 77
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 9, 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.