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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,457Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 146 out of 6645

$1.39M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 162 out of 6645

635 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
70% 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

10% of this provider’s 635 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 635 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 15,056 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% 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

32 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 755 481 S3 1 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 673 579 2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 564 468 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 440 338 4 6
CARVEDILOL 438 352 5 25
SIMVASTATIN 427 354 6 1
METFORMIN HCL 418 343 7 7
FUROSEMIDE 391 309 8 11
LISINOPRIL 388 319 9 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 376 309 10 10
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 325 247 11 113
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 276 255 12 12
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 268 240 13 101
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 261 210 14 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 247 236 15 27
BENAZEPRIL HCL 242 222 16 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 240 218 17 20
GABAPENTIN 237 146 18 18
NAMENDA 227 212 19 41
DIOVAN 226 184 20 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 211 132 21 16
RISPERIDONE 201 144 22 93
LANTUS 199 120 23 50
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 194 134 24 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 190 169 25 22
CITALOPRAM HBR 189 157 26 35
CLOPIDOGREL 189 161 26 36
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 177 151 28 14
EXELON 170 169 29 149
TRAMADOL HCL 161 107 30 30
MIRTAZAPINE 159 141 31 70
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 157 101 32 26
FINASTERIDE 157 132 32 73
RANITIDINE HCL 151 97 34 51
ATENOLOL 146 116 35 8
FLUOXETINE HCL 142 94 36 63
PLAVIX 142 114 36 49
NOVOLOG 128 88 38 144
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 124 110 39 28
SPIRONOLACTONE 123 102 40 85
OLANZAPINE 121 70 41 140
ALLOPURINOL 118 73 42 31
PAROXETINE HCL 117 85 43 72
FAMOTIDINE 117 44 43 33
LEVETIRACETAM 116 67 45 119
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 114 82 46 24
LOVASTATIN 112 93 47 15
ADVAIR DISKUS 111 66 48 45
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 109 48 49 112
TRAZODONE HCL 108 46 50 60
JANUVIA 105 84 51 38
FENOFIBRATE 105 82 51 74
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 103 84 53 291
LACTULOSE 97 30 54 125
IBUPROFEN 97 47 54 42
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 96 72 56 97
CLONIDINE HCL 94 71 57 56
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 93 70 58 29
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 93 47 58 121
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 92 92 60 116
FENTANYL 91 90 S2 61 141
SPIRIVA 90 72 62 65
ZETIA 89 82 63 87
GLIMEPIRIDE 82 77 64 47
CRESTOR 82 82 64 34
BENICAR 81 49 66 84
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 80 65 67 9
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 80 69 67 81
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 78 66 69 172
SEROQUEL 77 65 70 208
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 76 29 S2 71 150
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 76 14 S2 71 124
PROAIR HFA 74 49 73 32
LAMOTRIGINE 71 48 74 284
NAPROXEN 70 56 75 88
BACLOFEN 70 33 75 100
HYDROXYZINE HCL 70 26 R 75 161
METHADONE HCL 69 0 S2 78 186
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 68 21 79 156
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 66 14 S2 80 235
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 66 52 80 52
CEPHALEXIN 65 36 82 111
PROMETHAZINE HCL 63 18 R 83 219
ABILIFY 63 40 83 204
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 62 35 85 134
TIZANIDINE HCL 62 40 85 290
CARISOPRODOL 62 0 R 85 94
CYMBALTA 59 46 88 78
NYSTOP 59 54 88 348
BYSTOLIC 57 55 90 110
LEVOFLOXACIN 57 45 90 83
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 56 0 92 273
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 53 40 93 176
AZITHROMYCIN 53 40 93 44
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 53 43 93 55
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 52 35 96 187
BUPROPION HCL SR 52 19 96 296
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 Dec. 17, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.