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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,611Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 448

$2.4M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 448

906 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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

1% of this provider’s 19,660 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

63% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 45%.

Prescription Price

$111 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $111 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,834 1,723 1 1
GLIMEPIRIDE 1,606 1,412 10 2 7
JANUVIA 1,605 1,520 10 3 6
JANUMET 1,372 1,215 10 4 32
SYNTHROID 1,170 1,109 5 3
GLIPIZIDE XL 899 848 10 6 86
METFORMIN HCL 724 620 7 2
ACTOS 617 552 10 8 20
LOVAZA 454 443 9 43
LANTUS 426 351 10 8
NATEGLINIDE 418 392 10 11 49
CRESTOR 359 308 12 22
SURE COMFORT 317 280 13 78
VICTOZA 3-PAK 297 273 10 14 64
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 273 266 10 15 73
PEN NEEDLE 271 250 16 5
HUMALOG 268 224 17 11
METHIMAZOLE 265 250 18 24
BYETTA 259 214 10 19 47
DIOVAN 257 234 20 23
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 247 219 21 35
GLIPIZIDE ER 229 221 22 103
ACARBOSE 207 207 23 70
CYMBALTA 206 194 24 118
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 203 167 25 10
LEVOXYL 183 163 26 18
ALCOHOL SWABS 174 167 27 153
UNIFINE PENTIPS 172 147 10 28 163
METFORMIN HCL ER 170 156 29 19
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 168 149 R 30 66
TRADJENTA 163 163 31 151
SINGLE USE SWAB 162 155 32 140
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 158 141 33 45
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 149 147 34 13
GLIPIZIDE 145 135 35 15
SIMVASTATIN 144 115 36 4
ZETIA 133 132 37 41
INSULIN SYRINGE 131 122 38 9
ALCOHOL PREP PADS 129 122 39 162
NOVOLOG 124 107 40 34
GABAPENTIN 119 97 41 30
VICTOZA 2-PAK 105 82 42 135
LEVEMIR 99 98 43 83
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 99 87 43 82
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 98 81 45 74
BYDUREON 96 90 46 80
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 92 92 47 12
ACTONEL 91 80 48 84
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 77 77 49 39
BYSTOLIC 75 75 50 128
ALLOPURINOL 74 65 51 48
FUROSEMIDE 70 69 52 25
LIPITOR 68 67 53 56
PREDNISONE 67 53 54 139
FORTICAL 67 55 54 174
HUMULIN N 65 65 56 76
ATENOLOL 62 62 57 29
PRANDIN 61 57 58 51
ACTOPLUS MET 60 55 59 117
ROPINIROLE HCL 55 55 60 196
HYDROCORTISONE 54 42 61 91
GLUMETZA 54 51 61 202
WELCHOL 54 54 61 114
LIOTHYRONINE SODIUM 53 31 64 57
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 53 53 64 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 52 50 66 37
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 38 67 50
RAMIPRIL 50 45 67 85
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 8, 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.