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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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43,671Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 6645

$2.98M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 36 out of 6645

857 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%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

13% of this provider’s 857 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 42,247 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

37% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

51 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
TRAMADOL HCL 1,512 1,465 1 30
LIDODERM 1,426 1,413 10 2 53
LOVASTATIN 1,262 1,209 3 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,174 1,138 4 2
METFORMIN HCL 1,164 1,106 5 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 1,131 1,113 6 10
GABAPENTIN 855 825 7 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 833 808 8 14
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 792 745 10 9 55
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 773 737 10 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 765 729 11 12
CELEBREX 700 691 12 54
OMEPRAZOLE 691 684 13 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 668 664 14 17
LISINOPRIL 657 635 15 3
NASONEX 635 624 10 16 126
ATENOLOL 634 585 17 8
TAMSULOSIN HCL 578 560 18 22
PATANOL 508 483 19 131
ACTONEL 488 473 20 92
PROAIR HFA 484 479 21 32
DIOVAN 483 483 22 19
BENICAR 482 478 23 84
ATELVIA 446 425 24 91
CLOPIDOGREL 435 428 25 36
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 434 432 26 120
PLAVIX 432 427 27 49
MECLIZINE HCL 426 422 28 122
SIMVASTATIN 409 374 29 1
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 377 360 10 30 176
AZOR 374 374 10 31 152
NAPROXEN 367 321 32 88
RANITIDINE HCL 361 336 33 51
SINGULAIR 360 359 34 76
MEGESTROL ACETATE 350 350 R 10 35 104
LIPITOR 341 334 36 69
NEXIUM 326 326 37 40
CARVEDILOL 324 324 38 25
MIRTAZAPINE 289 283 39 70
AMOXICILLIN 282 267 40 107
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 277 271 41 177
BENAZEPRIL HCL 251 225 42 21
ADVAIR DISKUS 248 248 43 45
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 246 226 44 241
CRESTOR 244 236 45 34
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 233 230 10 46 214
ACTOS 230 223 47 71
NAMENDA 227 227 48 41
GLIPIZIDE 223 201 49 23
CLONIDINE HCL 223 223 49 56
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 223 222 49 289
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 219 218 R 52 95
RIVASTIGMINE 214 214 10 53 363
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 214 212 53 26
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 214 206 53 101
VESICARE 210 210 56 148
COLCRYS 210 198 56 192
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 208 196 58 66
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 207 203 59 97
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 207 207 59 81
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 203 202 61 4
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 202 200 S3 62 80
GLIMEPIRIDE 198 193 63 47
VENTOLIN HFA 197 179 64 146
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 194 189 65 24
AZITHROMYCIN 193 186 66 44
FLUOXETINE HCL 192 168 67 63
LOTEMAX 189 189 68 556
QVAR 189 180 68 103
DILTIAZEM HCL 185 182 70 351
JANUVIA 183 168 71 38
FEXOFENADINE HCL 180 175 72 409
HYDROXYZINE HCL 179 179 R 73 161
MOMETASONE FUROATE 177 171 74 292
BYSTOLIC 175 175 75 110
SPIRIVA 174 173 76 65
LIDOCAINE 160 159 77 325
EPINASTINE HCL 157 157 78 431
GEMFIBROZIL 156 141 79 96
LOVAZA 154 153 80 68
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 149 148 81 29
ALLOPURINOL 147 135 82 31
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 144 144 83 128
TRILIPIX 142 142 84 178
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 142 123 S3 84 5
DILTIAZEM ER 139 134 86 182
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 138 138 87 228
SYMBICORT 136 135 88 153
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 135 134 R 89 117
VOLTAREN 133 125 90 108
HYDRALAZINE HCL 133 133 90 77
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 132 132 92 116
AZELASTINE HCL 131 129 93 341
PATADAY 131 131 93 183
ZOSTAVAX 124 121 95 115
PROCTOZONE-HC 124 119 95 243
BACLOFEN 121 117 97 100
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 119 119 98 187
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 118 117 99 121
SEROQUEL 117 117 100 208
LOPERAMIDE 115 112 101 281
AVODART 112 112 102 99
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 111 111 103 52
KETOCONAZOLE 111 102 103 196
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 110 110 105 9
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 107 87 R 106 157
GLYBURIDE 107 105 R 106 58
IMIPRAMINE HCL 107 107 R 106 446
WARFARIN SODIUM 105 103 109 16
LYRICA 104 104 110 127
PREMARIN 97 95 R 111 169
FELODIPINE ER 96 80 112 105
ACARBOSE 93 93 113 211
DEXILANT 92 82 114 102
FAMOTIDINE 90 88 115 33
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 90 87 115 67
CIALIS 90 81 115 419
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 90 89 115 147
ROPINIROLE HCL 89 89 119 166
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 89 84 R 119 184
VIREAD 88 72 121 259
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 87 87 122 175
AMIODARONE HCL 86 86 123 160
NIFEDIPINE ER 86 80 123 82
CYPROHEPTADINE HCL 86 86 R 123 472
METHOCARBAMOL 86 85 R 123 268
DIGOXIN 81 69 127 59
GLIPIZIDE XL 81 81 127 315
EXELON 79 79 129 149
BONIVA 79 75 129 191
COMBIVENT 79 78 129 174
RAPAFLO 78 78 132 246
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 78 78 132 344
DIOVAN HCT 77 77 134 64
LANSOPRAZOLE 77 67 134 163
PREDNISONE 76 62 136 57
RESTASIS 75 75 137 311
WELCHOL 75 75 137 199
EVISTA 74 74 139 90
PIROXICAM 74 70 139 425
EXFORGE 72 72 141 155
LACTULOSE 70 70 142 125
HYDROCORTISONE 68 61 143 229
LANTUS 66 64 144 50
FUROSEMIDE 65 65 145 11
PAROXETINE HCL 59 51 146 72
IBUPROFEN 57 42 147 42
TRAZODONE HCL 56 55 148 60
KETOROLAC TROMETHAMINE 55 55 R 149 379
DICYCLOMINE HCL 55 53 149 278
PROCTOSOL-HC 54 51 151 517
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 53 53 152 86
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 53 53 152 172
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 52 48 154 28
MUPIROCIN 50 49 155 294
NYSTATIN 50 45 155 234
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 March 3, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.