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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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45,721Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 1571

$4.82M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 1571

845 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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 845 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 845 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 43,712 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

50% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$105 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $99 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,399 1,369 1 2
HYDRALAZINE HCL 1,168 1,147 10 2 82
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 1,047 971 3 26
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 910 892 4 17
NAMENDA 896 895 5 37
LOVAZA 874 834 6 90
ZETIA 701 683 10 7 73
BENICAR 696 675 10 8 148
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 674 650 9 16
NEXIUM 668 648 10 39
GLIMEPIRIDE 642 606 11 70
LIDODERM 640 633 12 95
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 616 550 13 23
DIOVAN 616 581 13 19
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 611 605 15 48
TAMSULOSIN HCL 586 585 16 11
OMEPRAZOLE 552 535 17 4
METFORMIN HCL ER 548 535 18 108
CALCITRIOL 532 524 19 133
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 527 518 20 20
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 525 488 21 146
CELEBREX 514 502 22 71
CRESTOR 490 486 23 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 487 478 24 8
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 485 472 25 22
DEXILANT 479 477 26 91
JANUVIA 463 462 27 50
AVODART 449 447 28 40
DONEPEZIL HCL 446 442 29 24
PLAVIX 435 426 30 28
SINGULAIR 411 397 31 88
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 394 340 32 6
METFORMIN HCL 382 349 33 9
ONGLYZA 372 365 10 34 265
ACTOS 370 364 35 92
ACTONEL 355 353 36 171
CYMBALTA 348 336 37 68
EVISTA 347 343 38 189
VOLTAREN 343 335 39 114
FORTEO 342 324 40 283
GABAPENTIN 334 304 41 12
PEN NEEDLE 327 311 42 128
CLOPIDOGREL 312 295 43 21
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 303 290 44 270
CARVEDILOL 280 276 45 10
WELCHOL 280 279 45 258
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 280 266 45 282
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 274 272 48 55
CREON 266 266 49 237
ATENOLOL 259 229 50 15
FUROSEMIDE 259 245 50 7
MELOXICAM 254 242 52 49
PATANOL 251 251 53 175
FINASTERIDE 247 247 54 30
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 240 239 55 51
PROCRIT 233 225 10 56 228
DIGOXIN 224 216 57 35
MICARDIS 217 207 58 382
SIMVASTATIN 211 201 59 1
ROPINIROLE HCL 208 208 60 201
ATELVIA 208 207 60 138
ADVAIR DISKUS 195 190 62 43
BONIVA 191 184 63 324
FENOFIBRATE 190 190 64 129
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 187 174 65 27
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 186 103 S3 66 3
AGGRENOX 184 174 67 296
METHYLDOPA 178 173 R 10 68 434
ACIPHEX 174 174 69 239
ALLOPURINOL 171 160 70 36
BYSTOLIC 170 170 71 144
ZENPEP 169 169 72 306
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 168 168 73 143
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 160 157 74 191
SPIRIVA 159 147 75 56
WARFARIN SODIUM 157 157 76 14
LIPITOR 157 151 76 67
MEGESTROL ACETATE 156 155 R 78 145
PATADAY 154 154 79 154
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 153 144 80 38
ALCOHOL SWABS 151 139 81 351
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 149 148 82 233
LISINOPRIL 141 121 83 5
CLONIDINE HCL 139 134 84 45
LEVOFLOXACIN 138 128 85 79
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 135 131 86 172
TEKTURNA 135 135 86 312
FLECTOR 132 129 88 376
CHOLESTYRAMINE 130 125 10 89 499
FAMOTIDINE 130 129 89 54
LYRICA 128 126 91 127
AZITHROMYCIN 126 121 92 58
SERTRALINE HCL 124 110 93 52
SUCRALFATE 123 122 94 284
GLIPIZIDE 118 109 95 53
COMBIVENT 117 116 96 316
CILOSTAZOL 116 116 97 222
DIOVAN HCT 115 114 98 64
MIRTAZAPINE 114 114 99 96
PROCTOZONE-HC 113 113 100 308
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 110 101 18
FLUOCINONIDE 110 108 102 115
SPIRONOLACTONE 108 108 103 69
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 107 94 104 116
RISPERIDONE 107 90 104 89
PRANDIN 106 106 106 358
AZOR 104 104 107 379
VERAPAMIL ER PM 104 104 10 107 532
VIREAD 104 104 107 273
URSODIOL 103 103 110 336
TERAZOSIN HCL 103 103 110 137
SODIUM CHLORIDE 102 93 112 375
PREDNISONE 102 78 112 34
AMOXICILLIN 101 96 114 192
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 101 101 R 114 274
TRILIPIX 99 99 116 268
NITROSTAT 99 98 116 134
CICLOPIROX 97 97 118 348
NATEGLINIDE 97 97 118 225
TRICOR 94 94 120 264
ULORIC 94 94 120 317
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 94 89 120 13
NIFEDIPINE ER 93 89 123 78
NASONEX 92 81 124 163
SOTALOL 92 91 124 157
VESICARE 90 90 126 75
METHIMAZOLE 86 79 127 305
LANSOPRAZOLE 86 85 127 182
GLYBURIDE 85 85 R 129 99
AMITIZA 84 81 130 359
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 84 77 130 41
NOVOLIN R 83 83 132 256
VYTORIN 82 82 133 224
ANTARA 80 80 134 562
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 79 65 R 135 178
LIVALO 78 78 136 462
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 75 52 137 122
PROLIA 75 74 137 573
TRAMADOL HCL 75 66 137 31
EFFIENT 72 70 140 261
MECLIZINE HCL 72 72 140 162
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 71 71 142 328
SOLARAZE 71 66 142 417
LACTULOSE 70 69 144 196
OXCARBAZEPINE 69 66 145 298
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 69 69 145 234
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 66 53 147 104
GALANTAMINE HBR 64 64 148 348
BENICAR HCT 63 63 149 302
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 62 62 150 84
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 62 150 77
BENAZEPRIL HCL 61 60 152 32
PROAIR HFA 60 59 153 63
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 60 48 153 156
CALCIUM ACETATE 60 60 153 139
EXELON 60 60 153 158
METRONIDAZOLE 59 46 157 345
JALYN 59 59 157 259
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 59 45 157 102
LUNESTA 58 58 160 422
TRAZODONE HCL 58 48 160 74
MICARDIS HCT 57 54 162 484
TRADJENTA 57 57 162 514
LEVETIRACETAM 57 32 162 60
RANEXA 56 56 165 151
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-DEXAMETH 56 56 165 218
RESTASIS 55 55 167 125
RAPAFLO 55 55 167 131
ALCOHOL PREP PADS 53 52 169 383
VENLAFAXINE HCL 53 47 169 512
LIDOCAINE 52 50 171 622
LANTUS 52 46 171 65
NOVOFINE 32 51 49 173 469
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 51 41 173 135
PREMARIN 51 48 R 173 109
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 51 51 173 97
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 51 50 173 500
TRAVATAN Z 50 50 178 46
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 Sept. 30, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.