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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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35,754Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 23 out of 6645

$3.21M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 25 out of 6645

995 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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

6% of this provider’s 995 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 34,072 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

48% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$90 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,621 1,557 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 1,229 1,193 2 1
NEXIUM 1,152 1,110 3 40
MELOXICAM 1,031 957 4 46
CELEBREX 1,004 982 5 54
LIDODERM 964 937 6 53
DONEPEZIL HCL 897 893 7 27
EVISTA 848 829 8 90
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 800 754 9 10
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 761 694 R 10 10 95
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 732 717 11 17
OMEPRAZOLE 709 689 12 6
LEVOFLOXACIN 670 643 13 83
DIOVAN 651 630 14 19
DIOVAN HCT 595 569 15 64
CREON 594 585 16 114
TAMSULOSIN HCL 579 549 17 22
ATENOLOL 532 501 18 8
JANUVIA 515 487 19 38
GABAPENTIN 500 484 20 18
CLOPIDOGREL 493 477 21 36
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 430 416 22 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 419 394 23 4
DEXILANT 398 385 24 102
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 383 359 25 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 365 355 26 24
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 354 327 27 55
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 345 345 28 62
CRESTOR 309 289 29 34
EXFORGE 293 273 30 155
ZENPEP 292 290 10 31 210
PLAVIX 287 281 32 49
METFORMIN HCL 286 248 33 7
VOLTAREN 282 273 34 108
ACTONEL 273 273 35 92
BENICAR 268 244 36 84
AZOR 267 246 37 152
BENICAR HCT 251 251 38 158
VESICARE 234 223 39 148
TRAMADOL HCL 230 214 40 30
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 229 205 41 147
JANUMET 229 205 41 132
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 219 206 43 29
METFORMIN HCL ER 219 202 43 89
NAMENDA 213 211 45 41
LANSOPRAZOLE 206 203 46 163
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 188 177 47 66
FAMOTIDINE 188 184 47 33
GLIMEPIRIDE 180 166 49 47
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 177 165 50 81
CEPHALEXIN 171 161 51 111
LYRICA 169 154 52 127
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 169 151 52 9
FUROSEMIDE 168 163 54 11
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 167 145 55 86
ACTOS 166 157 56 71
MEGESTROL ACETATE 162 159 R 57 104
LANTUS 161 140 58 50
ALLOPURINOL 159 148 59 31
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 158 146 60 263
IBUPROFEN 155 141 61 42
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 154 136 62 97
SINGULAIR 145 145 63 76
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 136 127 64 214
ACIPHEX 135 131 65 167
AZITHROMYCIN 134 121 66 44
LOVAZA 131 130 67 68
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 129 129 68 20
RAPAFLO 129 129 68 246
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127 124 70 314
CARVEDILOL 127 120 70 25
BYSTOLIC 124 124 72 110
BONIVA 122 113 73 191
SERTRALINE HCL 119 119 74 43
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 118 118 75 13
NIFEDIPINE ER 116 110 76 82
FLUOCINONIDE 115 109 77 130
LISINOPRIL 113 108 78 3
CYMBALTA 113 110 78 78
HYDROXYZINE HCL 110 107 R 80 161
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 108 106 81 116
BENAZEPRIL HCL 106 99 82 21
AVODART 105 105 83 99
ZETIA 104 103 84 87
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 97 96 S3 85 80
NASONEX 96 84 86 126
LIPITOR 91 77 87 69
PREMPRO 91 85 R 87 369
ONGLYZA 90 76 89 168
FLECTOR 88 88 90 230
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 87 83 91 177
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 86 83 92 120
GLYBURIDE 84 71 R 93 58
EXELON 83 79 94 149
INSULIN SYRINGE 82 63 95 61
MECLIZINE HCL 80 80 96 122
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 80 63 96 215
TRIBENZOR 80 80 96 257
TERAZOSIN HCL 79 79 99 48
MICARDIS HCT 79 78 99 299
ATELVIA 78 78 101 91
FORTEO 78 78 101 280
ZOSTAVAX 76 60 103 115
GLIPIZIDE 75 63 104 23
PEN NEEDLE 72 72 105 159
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 69 69 106 128
VYTORIN 67 66 107 170
AMOXICILLIN 65 55 108 107
MICARDIS 65 62 108 232
PREDNISONE 64 64 110 57
BACLOFEN 64 61 110 100
AMIODARONE HCL 63 50 112 160
ENABLEX 62 62 113 301
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 61 58 114 287
SPIRIVA 61 60 114 65
TOBRAMYCIN-DEXAMETHASONE 61 60 114 458
NOVOLIN R 58 44 117 142
GEMFIBROZIL 55 41 118 96
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 52 49 119 347
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 50 50 120 222
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 50 46 120 28
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 9, 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.