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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,887Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 135 out of 6645

$743K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 578 out of 6645

848 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
35% 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

1% of this provider’s 848 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 848 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 18,494 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$36 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,617 1,398 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 1,273 1,114 2 6
METFORMIN HCL 1,065 953 3 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,054 974 4 2
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 677 652 5 14
LISINOPRIL 599 504 6 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 510 467 7 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 426 339 S3 8 5
BENAZEPRIL HCL 417 361 9 21
GLIMEPIRIDE 402 365 10 47
LOVASTATIN 395 386 11 15
ATENOLOL 379 342 12 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 345 300 13 9
FENOFIBRATE 341 285 14 74
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 311 292 15 12
FUROSEMIDE 310 260 16 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 280 280 17 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 257 253 18 27
JANUVIA 247 222 19 38
IBUPROFEN 245 208 20 42
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 242 230 21 62
ALPRAZOLAM 235 214 22 195
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 213 207 23 81
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 209 195 24 181
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 208 185 25 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 206 177 26 22
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 181 172 27 29
CARVEDILOL 178 154 28 25
CITALOPRAM HBR 177 147 29 35
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 172 166 30 66
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 171 162 31 37
ALLOPURINOL 169 166 32 31
LORAZEPAM 155 144 33 189
INSULIN SYRINGE 154 125 34 61
HYDRALAZINE HCL 150 134 35 77
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 149 131 36 24
LANTUS 135 113 37 50
WARFARIN SODIUM 126 111 38 16
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 126 111 38 109
FINASTERIDE 123 120 40 73
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 118 101 41 75
GABAPENTIN 114 98 42 18
ADVAIR DISKUS 113 111 43 45
AZITHROMYCIN 104 82 44 44
PEN NEEDLE 103 79 45 159
GLYBURIDE 102 102 R 46 58
GLIPIZIDE 102 87 46 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 100 83 48 28
NAMENDA 96 85 49 41
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 95 81 50 26
FAMOTIDINE 88 81 51 33
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 84 76 52 67
NIFEDIPINE ER 84 75 52 82
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 83 79 54 179
FELODIPINE ER 82 82 55 105
TRAMADOL HCL 79 78 56 30
PROAIR HFA 79 65 56 32
KLOR-CON 10 78 69 58 145
DIOVAN 78 77 58 19
PLAVIX 78 71 58 49
MELOXICAM 74 74 61 46
SPIRIVA 73 73 62 65
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 69 69 63 237
RANITIDINE HCL 69 69 63 51
SERTRALINE HCL 67 48 65 43
XOPENEX HFA 65 58 66 345
CLOPIDOGREL 65 58 66 36
FLUOXETINE HCL 61 36 68 63
KLOR-CON 8 60 58 69 123
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 60 51 69 139
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 60 54 R 69 95
CLONIDINE HCL 59 49 72 56
ENABLEX 58 58 73 301
NAPROXEN 57 49 74 88
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 56 53 R 75 117
VYTORIN 55 55 76 170
BACLOFEN 55 47 76 100
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 55 55 76 321
MECLIZINE HCL 54 51 79 122
CALCITRIOL 54 39 79 205
MIRTAZAPINE 54 48 79 70
AMOXICILLIN 53 49 82 107
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 51 42 83 263
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 April 11, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.