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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,721Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 27 out of 1571

$1.02M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 58 out of 1571

448 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
81% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 448 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 448 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 11,576 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $99 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 555 298 1 166
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 539 295 10 2 163
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 430 375 3 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 378 321 4 14
SIMVASTATIN 372 300 5 1
GABAPENTIN 351 278 6 12
OMEPRAZOLE 342 226 7 4
FUROSEMIDE 333 272 8 7
LISINOPRIL 310 252 9 5
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 250 218 10 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 233 187 11 27
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 220 174 S3 12 3
TRAMADOL HCL 205 124 13 31
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 194 155 14 18
CARVEDILOL 193 168 15 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 186 181 16 24
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 183 160 17 2
SPIRIVA 173 129 18 56
METFORMIN HCL 172 128 19 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 172 161 19 13
ADVAIR DISKUS 168 137 21 43
ATENOLOL 167 91 22 15
CLONIDINE HCL 165 126 23 45
SINGULAIR 159 124 24 88
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 157 118 25 350
BUDESONIDE 141 111 26 492
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 134 119 27 146
TAMSULOSIN HCL 133 133 28 11
PREDNISONE 132 117 29 34
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 129 111 30 20
NAMENDA 113 113 31 37
DIGOXIN 112 85 32 35
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 104 101 33 8
LEVOFLOXACIN 102 83 34 79
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 97 87 35 191
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 96 83 36 389
SODIUM CHLORIDE 94 76 37 375
LANTUS 87 50 38 65
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 87 79 38 22
SYMBICORT 83 70 40 155
PROCRIT 83 54 40 228
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 82 82 42 17
TRAZODONE HCL 82 60 42 74
FAMOTIDINE 82 79 42 54
HUMULIN R 78 39 45 309
CLOPIDOGREL 76 76 46 21
MELOXICAM 70 66 47 49
NEXIUM 70 53 47 39
SPIRONOLACTONE 70 59 47 69
KLOR-CON M20 69 66 50 290
PLAVIX 68 67 51 28
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 68 67 51 41
LEVETIRACETAM 67 62 53 60
MEGESTROL ACETATE 67 62 R 53 145
MIRTAZAPINE 65 65 55 96
TRANSDERM-SCOP 64 19 56 590
LYRICA 64 56 56 127
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 63 54 58 104
HYDRALAZINE HCL 63 30 58 82
AZITHROMYCIN 61 51 60 58
SERTRALINE HCL 61 59 60 52
AMIODARONE HCL 59 45 62 76
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 59 58 62 16
NOVOLIN R 56 40 64 256
GLYBURIDE 56 56 R 64 99
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 55 55 66 330
METRONIDAZOLE 55 40 66 345
OLANZAPINE 55 55 66 173
DEXTROSE IN WATER 54 41 69 612
VANCOMYCIN HCL 53 36 70 535
IBUPROFEN 52 45 71 44
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 50 30 72 86
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. 27, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.