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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,972Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1002 out of 6645

$613K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 809 out of 6645

159 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
99% 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

23% of this provider’s 159 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

34% of this provider’s 159 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 7,573 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

56 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 308 223 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 275 251 2 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 265 233 S3 3 5
OMEPRAZOLE 252 220 4 6
GABAPENTIN 247 229 5 18
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 241 208 6 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 228 153 7 16
SPIRONOLACTONE 221 190 8 85
DONEPEZIL HCL 217 205 9 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 213 200 10 28
NAMENDA 188 188 11 41
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 174 174 12 101
LISINOPRIL 172 143 13 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 166 129 14 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 151 136 15 9
METFORMIN HCL 128 108 16 7
LACTULOSE 127 99 17 125
NOVOLIN N 127 82 17 106
CARVEDILOL 124 92 19 25
OLANZAPINE 121 119 20 140
CYMBALTA 112 98 21 78
LIOTHYRONINE SODIUM 103 92 22 338
MIRTAZAPINE 101 87 23 70
ADVAIR DISKUS 97 84 24 45
RISPERIDONE 97 90 24 93
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 93 79 26 10
ACTOS 87 87 27 71
TERAZOSIN HCL 87 82 27 48
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 86 73 29 113
SERTRALINE HCL 82 69 30 43
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 81 77 S2 31 124
HALOPERIDOL 74 50 32 303
SEROQUEL 72 72 33 208
FLUOXETINE HCL 70 46 34 63
DIOVAN 68 68 35 19
DIGOXIN 67 67 36 59
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 62 0 37 447
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 61 54 38 55
ERYTHROMYCIN 60 60 39 559
SPIRIVA 59 50 40 65
MORPHINE SULFATE 59 58 S2 40 326
LANTUS 58 58 42 50
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 57 41 43 121
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 57 57 43 86
HUMULIN N 56 56 45 381
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 56 42 45 12
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 55 43 47 29
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 54 36 48 112
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 19, 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.