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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,309Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 1571

$1.36M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 30 out of 1571

957 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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

2% of this provider’s 957 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 17,704 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

53% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$74 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $99 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 1,595 1,525 1 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 1,421 1,378 2 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,221 1,183 3 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 701 667 4 14
DIOVAN 619 610 5 19
CRESTOR 558 533 6 25
AMIODARONE HCL 546 524 7 76
CLOPIDOGREL 541 535 8 21
SIMVASTATIN 524 487 9 1
RANEXA 493 479 10 151
PLAVIX 378 369 11 28
NEXIUM 370 345 12 39
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 341 323 13 48
EFFIENT 336 332 14 261
FUROSEMIDE 336 328 14 7
LIPITOR 315 307 16 67
XARELTO 308 292 10 17 293
OMEPRAZOLE 307 288 18 4
METFORMIN HCL 299 295 19 9
DIOVAN HCT 266 266 20 64
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 259 257 21 17
DEXILANT 209 200 22 91
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 208 207 23 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 199 193 24 11
KLOR-CON 8 192 192 25 152
NITROSTAT 171 166 26 134
CELEBREX 169 169 27 71
PRADAXA 168 153 28 119
NIFEDIPINE ER 168 167 28 78
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 163 155 30 27
MULTAQ 155 149 31 238
ATENOLOL 152 151 32 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 148 137 33 6
ADVAIR DISKUS 143 143 34 43
AZOR 140 140 35 379
BENICAR 140 135 35 148
CARVEDILOL 133 132 37 10
FLECAINIDE ACETATE 129 123 38 190
CREON 129 129 38 237
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 119 119 40 77
EXFORGE 111 111 41 280
LABETALOL HCL 106 105 42 210
GABAPENTIN 105 103 43 12
JANUVIA 105 103 43 50
MICARDIS HCT 96 96 45 484
JANUMET 95 87 46 200
CILOSTAZOL 93 93 47 222
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 92 92 48 330
EXFORGE HCT 83 68 49 479
LISINOPRIL 79 69 50 5
CLONIDINE HCL 79 75 50 45
SINGULAIR 77 77 52 88
DIGOXIN 73 68 53 35
FENOFIBRATE 71 60 54 129
LANSOPRAZOLE 69 69 55 182
BENICAR HCT 69 69 55 302
BYSTOLIC 65 60 57 144
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 63 51 58 135
LIDODERM 62 62 59 95
DONEPEZIL HCL 62 62 59 24
MELOXICAM 58 56 61 49
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 58 56 R 61 178
FAMOTIDINE 56 56 63 54
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 55 54 64 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 53 51 65 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 50 49 66 22
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.