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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,542Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 1571

$2.72M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 1571

622 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%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

12% of this provider’s 622 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 24,647 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

61% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$107 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $99 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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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
LOVAZA 1,503 1,480 10 1 90
CRESTOR 750 732 2 25
ATELVIA 674 671 3 138
VOLTAREN 626 600 4 114
SINGULAIR 578 547 5 88
NEXIUM 536 520 6 39
METFORMIN HCL 527 514 7 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 484 479 8 2
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 444 434 9 104
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 394 379 10 8
OMEPRAZOLE 374 359 11 4
LANSOPRAZOLE 368 362 12 182
SIMVASTATIN 367 350 13 1
FLUOCINONIDE 344 327 14 115
DEXILANT 339 315 15 91
LIPITOR 321 317 16 67
LEXAPRO 317 312 17 257
NASONEX 274 263 18 163
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 270 257 19 16
CREON 268 261 20 237
PLAVIX 263 254 21 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 257 251 22 11
DIOVAN 250 250 23 19
AZITHROMYCIN 247 232 24 58
PROAIR HFA 244 231 25 63
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 239 239 26 77
FAMOTIDINE 229 215 27 54
LEVOFLOXACIN 226 221 28 79
NAMENDA 226 226 28 37
WELCHOL 219 210 30 258
GABAPENTIN 209 200 31 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 208 208 32 6
BUPROPION XL 202 187 33 183
DONEPEZIL HCL 200 200 34 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 184 175 35 20
ADVAIR DISKUS 184 181 35 43
CELEBREX 183 183 37 71
ZETIA 173 173 38 73
DIOVAN HCT 173 173 38 64
CYMBALTA 166 154 40 68
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 165 161 41 191
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 162 157 42 26
CARVEDILOL 162 149 42 10
ASTEPRO 158 149 44 313
BENICAR 157 148 45 148
JANUMET 156 152 46 200
FLECTOR 151 148 47 376
TRAMADOL HCL 148 143 48 31
ACTONEL 144 140 49 171
CICLOPIROX 144 140 49 348
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 142 142 51 22
LIDODERM 141 139 52 95
ACTOS 138 134 53 92
SYNTHROID 138 135 53 59
SERTRALINE HCL 137 136 55 52
FUROSEMIDE 137 137 55 7
LYRICA 136 136 57 127
MELOXICAM 127 126 58 49
FORTICAL 124 119 59 456
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 123 121 60 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 123 109 S3 60 3
AVODART 122 122 62 40
BONIVA 121 121 63 324
ATENOLOL 119 109 64 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 118 113 65 23
FLUOXETINE HCL 116 116 66 112
BYSTOLIC 114 113 67 144
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 113 113 68 111
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 112 112 69 41
VESICARE 111 105 70 75
EVISTA 108 105 71 189
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 106 98 72 18
SPIRIVA 106 99 72 56
ULORIC 105 101 74 317
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 104 104 75 270
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 99 92 76 281
BENICAR HCT 97 97 77 302
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 95 95 78 140
RANITIDINE HCL 95 94 78 85
IBUPROFEN 94 88 80 44
NIASPAN 93 80 81 130
SYMBICORT 92 77 82 155
CLOPIDOGREL 91 90 83 21
MUPIROCIN 91 90 83 227
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 91 84 83 27
ZENPEP 90 87 86 306
GLYBURIDE 88 88 R 87 99
JANUVIA 86 86 88 50
EXELON 81 81 89 158
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 80 80 90 146
PATANASE 79 75 91 451
CALCITONIN-SALMON 79 79 91 564
VYTORIN 74 71 93 224
AZELASTINE HCL 72 68 94 250
FORTEO 71 71 95 283
ALLOPURINOL 68 59 96 36
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 67 66 97 347
FINASTERIDE 66 65 98 30
LUNESTA 66 66 98 422
BENAZEPRIL HCL 66 59 98 32
VENTOLIN HFA 66 64 98 209
AMOXICILLIN 65 63 102 192
PREMARIN 64 64 R 103 109
PAROXETINE HCL 63 62 104 100
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 62 62 105 13
COREG CR 59 59 106 346
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 56 56 107 135
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 55 55 108 204
TEKTURNA 53 53 109 312
ACIPHEX 51 51 110 239
PATADAY 51 51 110 154
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 16, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.