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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,605Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 228 out of 6645

$687K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 661 out of 6645

696 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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

23% of this provider’s 696 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

6% of this provider’s 14,564 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
BENAZEPRIL HCL 866 731 10 1 21
METFORMIN HCL 729 565 2 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 728 646 3 13
GLYBURIDE 698 563 R 10 4 58
SIMVASTATIN 690 611 5 1
OMEPRAZOLE 604 496 6 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 541 452 7 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 522 371 S3 8 5
FUROSEMIDE 522 469 8 11
NAPROXEN 308 266 10 88
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 308 248 10 4
TAMSULOSIN HCL 271 205 12 22
GABAPENTIN 241 185 13 18
ATENOLOL 238 201 14 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 209 170 15 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 208 190 16 12
TRAMADOL HCL 204 163 17 30
CLOPIDOGREL 203 186 18 36
GLIPIZIDE 195 168 19 23
ACTOS 195 160 19 71
INSULIN SYRINGE 190 159 21 61
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 175 134 22 29
PLAVIX 169 147 23 49
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 164 140 24 14
LISINOPRIL 152 139 25 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 151 147 26 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 142 120 27 9
JANUVIA 140 118 28 38
IBUPROFEN 138 112 29 42
FLUOCINONIDE 134 104 30 130
CLONIDINE HCL 129 90 31 56
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 127 98 S3 32 80
DIOVAN 123 102 33 19
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 120 119 34 66
HUMULIN N 109 103 35 381
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 108 96 36 81
DONEPEZIL HCL 107 107 37 27
RANITIDINE HCL 105 95 38 51
HUMULIN R 104 98 39 209
CILOSTAZOL 104 91 39 202
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 102 98 41 109
DIGOXIN 101 101 42 59
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 99 49 43 172
CARVEDILOL 99 78 43 25
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 96 80 45 55
LANTUS 93 75 46 50
AMOXICILLIN 92 68 47 107
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 92 41 47 120
MECLIZINE HCL 90 83 49 122
KLOR-CON 8 90 80 49 123
DETROL LA 88 84 51 260
SERTRALINE HCL 81 54 52 43
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 80 74 R 53 117
PROAIR HFA 80 71 53 32
ALLOPURINOL 78 78 55 31
NAMENDA 78 67 55 41
MELOXICAM 74 70 57 46
PREDNISONE 72 51 58 57
FINASTERIDE 72 71 58 73
CEPHALEXIN 71 51 60 111
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 70 58 61 24
LIPITOR 68 51 62 69
VERAPAMIL ER 68 33 62 154
QUINAPRIL HCL 68 68 62 270
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 66 57 65 17
KETOCONAZOLE 65 52 66 196
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 60 51 67 20
SINGULAIR 60 60 67 76
AZITHROMYCIN 57 45 69 44
SULINDAC 56 48 70 322
BUMETANIDE 55 55 71 267
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 55 55 71 147
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 55 49 71 67
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 55 41 71 75
HYDROXYZINE HCL 54 44 R 75 161
ABILIFY 54 44 75 204
PAROXETINE HCL 54 31 75 72
VESICARE 53 33 78 148
METHOCARBAMOL 53 37 R 78 268
HYDRALAZINE HCL 52 32 80 77
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 52 31 80 143
NIFEDIAC CC 50 45 82 231
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 Feb. 7, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.