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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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39,064Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 6645

$3.22M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 24 out of 6645

994 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% 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

2% of this provider’s 994 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 994 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 31,540 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

39% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$82 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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
OMEPRAZOLE 1,216 887 1 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,203 992 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 999 748 3 1
DIOVAN 900 769 4 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 806 749 5 27
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 695 491 6 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 655 582 7 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 557 467 8 22
PLAVIX 541 496 9 49
CLOPIDOGREL 532 478 10 36
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 523 438 11 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 514 422 12 24
MELOXICAM 499 326 13 46
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 464 346 14 12
LIDODERM 462 433 15 53
NEXIUM 458 413 16 40
METFORMIN HCL 449 332 17 7
CELEBREX 441 423 18 54
FAMOTIDINE 425 328 19 33
AZITHROMYCIN 418 339 20 44
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 381 362 21 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 378 164 S3 22 5
LOVAZA 377 307 23 68
EVISTA 375 375 24 90
ACTONEL 369 337 25 92
FUROSEMIDE 367 291 26 11
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 364 303 27 55
ATENOLOL 358 325 28 8
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 343 249 29 29
VOLTAREN 334 296 30 108
NAMENDA 324 321 31 41
SINGULAIR 320 271 32 76
WARFARIN SODIUM 312 284 33 16
GABAPENTIN 310 227 34 18
TRAMADOL HCL 303 179 35 30
CLONIDINE HCL 293 212 36 56
LISINOPRIL 286 204 37 3
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 275 246 38 116
CITALOPRAM HBR 261 181 39 35
CRESTOR 247 228 40 34
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 244 234 41 66
OLANZAPINE 239 162 42 140
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 238 155 43 113
MEGESTROL ACETATE 238 234 R 43 104
NASONEX 234 202 45 126
JANUVIA 233 207 46 38
RISPERIDONE 226 147 47 93
GLYBURIDE 226 166 R 47 58
ATELVIA 219 217 49 91
AVODART 216 216 50 99
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 214 178 R 51 95
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 212 174 52 20
PATANOL 210 204 53 131
AZOR 206 192 54 152
BENAZEPRIL HCL 201 118 55 21
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 201 130 55 101
CYMBALTA 194 135 57 78
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 190 149 58 9
ACTOS 183 127 59 71
CREON 182 179 60 114
SERTRALINE HCL 182 143 60 43
FLUOCINONIDE 170 156 62 130
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 169 142 63 112
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 169 62 R 63 188
CARVEDILOL 169 143 63 25
GLIPIZIDE 168 120 66 23
LEVOFLOXACIN 168 127 66 83
TERAZOSIN HCL 163 139 68 48
NOVOLIN R 158 142 69 142
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 157 131 70 121
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 156 120 71 28
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 155 128 72 86
ALLOPURINOL 152 128 73 31
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 152 142 73 156
ADVAIR DISKUS 148 114 75 45
IBUPROFEN 147 67 76 42
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 146 114 77 128
EXFORGE 141 134 78 155
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 141 124 78 75
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 139 110 80 120
SPIRIVA 139 118 80 65
DIGOXIN 138 114 82 59
TRAZODONE HCL 136 75 83 60
PROAIR HFA 136 96 83 32
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 134 106 85 177
HUMULIN R 134 130 85 209
PAROXETINE HCL 127 106 87 72
EXELON 126 126 88 149
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 124 99 89 13
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 123 106 90 175
LIPITOR 123 103 90 69
FINASTERIDE 121 98 92 73
MIRTAZAPINE 120 114 93 70
PATADAY 119 107 94 183
NIFEDIPINE ER 119 98 94 82
DIOVAN HCT 118 112 96 64
MISOPROSTOL 118 70 96 377
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 117 86 98 176
KLOR-CON M20 115 102 99 203
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 115 92 99 67
LEVETIRACETAM 114 91 101 119
GLIMEPIRIDE 113 77 102 47
BENICAR 112 104 103 84
SEROQUEL 111 80 104 208
CEPHALEXIN 105 71 105 111
GEMFIBROZIL 101 37 106 96
AMOXICILLIN 100 80 107 107
SYMBICORT 99 72 108 153
LANTUS 97 77 109 50
PREDNISONE 97 77 109 57
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 94 68 S3 111 80
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 93 77 112 52
LANSOPRAZOLE 92 86 113 163
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 90 63 114 97
TOBRAMYCIN-DEXAMETHASONE 90 83 114 458
AMIODARONE HCL 89 84 116 160
KETOCONAZOLE 89 69 116 196
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 89 88 116 200
TIZANIDINE HCL 86 84 119 290
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86 76 119 62
BENICAR HCT 85 67 121 158
RIVASTIGMINE 85 85 121 363
LEXAPRO 84 79 123 218
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 84 75 123 344
ACIPHEX 83 82 125 167
NITROSTAT 83 75 125 193
VESICARE 80 69 127 148
LEVEMIR 79 62 128 272
DETROL LA 78 50 129 260
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 77 46 130 109
TRICOR 76 57 131 138
ANTARA 75 69 132 361
SEROQUEL XR 74 43 133 343
CICLOPIROX 74 65 133 402
SODIUM CHLORIDE 74 67 133 216
MECLIZINE HCL 73 69 136 122
NOVOLIN 70-30 71 56 137 309
PROCRIT 69 69 138 352
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 68 41 R 139 184
BETHANECHOL CHLORIDE 68 54 139 479
ZETIA 67 65 141 87
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 66 66 142 81
SOTALOL 66 54 142 332
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 65 50 144 134
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 63 37 145 26
HYDRALAZINE HCL 62 57 146 77
ABILIFY 62 36 146 204
VENLAFAXINE HCL 61 59 148 388
DEXILANT 57 41 149 102
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 57 46 149 241
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 56 39 151 185
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 56 26 151 172
TIMOLOL MALEATE 56 47 151 373
DILTIAZEM HCL 55 41 154 351
HYDROXYZINE HCL 54 35 R 155 161
ROPINIROLE HCL 53 34 156 166
BONIVA 53 52 156 191
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 52 0 158 273
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 52 52 158 147
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 52 52 158 253
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 51 38 161 214
TOBRADEX 50 46 162 616
COMBIVENT 50 37 162 174
VYTORIN 50 50 162 170
ACTOPLUS MET 50 26 162 275
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.