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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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26,128Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 71 out of 6645

$2.21M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 70 out of 6645

889 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
77% 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

9% of this provider’s 889 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 23,986 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

46% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$85 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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
OMEPRAZOLE 2,139 1,816 1 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 967 885 2 2
NEXIUM 966 939 3 40
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 904 725 4 12
METFORMIN HCL 659 614 5 7
LOVAZA 626 605 6 68
TAMSULOSIN HCL 610 567 7 22
DICYCLOMINE HCL 606 506 10 8 278
CELEBREX 457 446 9 54
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 423 341 10 10
JANUVIA 407 384 11 38
DIOVAN 406 392 12 19
AZITHROMYCIN 392 357 13 44
ATENOLOL 350 311 14 8
IBUPROFEN 349 277 15 42
DEXILANT 347 318 16 102
LIDODERM 341 339 17 53
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 337 312 18 120
EVISTA 310 290 19 90
KETOCONAZOLE 305 266 20 196
BENICAR 291 286 21 84
CRESTOR 287 277 22 34
CLOPIDOGREL 285 283 23 36
GLIPIZIDE 283 247 24 23
CREON 273 268 25 114
TRILIPIX 268 251 26 178
ZENPEP 259 244 27 210
DONEPEZIL HCL 255 247 28 27
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 253 234 29 55
BYSTOLIC 251 239 30 110
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 247 224 31 17
PLAVIX 239 239 32 49
ACTONEL 229 211 33 92
AVODART 213 205 34 99
EXFORGE 213 213 34 155
AMANTADINE 211 191 36 391
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 202 171 37 4
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 196 188 R 38 95
SIMVASTATIN 190 176 39 1
BETHANECHOL CHLORIDE 189 187 40 479
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 186 186 41 62
ACYCLOVIR 184 158 42 206
NAPROXEN 174 158 43 88
ACIPHEX 168 167 44 167
SUPRAX 161 155 10 45 406
CYMBALTA 156 147 46 78
GABAPENTIN 154 144 47 18
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 153 143 48 81
CARVEDILOL 143 139 49 25
LANSOPRAZOLE 142 135 50 163
AMOXICILLIN 137 116 51 107
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 130 123 S3 52 80
VIMOVO 130 122 10 52 438
ONGLYZA 129 129 54 168
ACTOS 129 129 54 71
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 128 119 56 147
TEKTURNA 124 124 57 264
MELOXICAM 123 118 58 46
VIAGRA 120 98 59 335
GLIMEPIRIDE 118 113 60 47
DIOVAN HCT 115 114 61 64
SINGULAIR 115 108 61 76
ZOSTAVAX 112 81 63 115
FLECTOR 111 111 64 230
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 109 109 65 66
CIALIS 107 95 66 419
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 106 87 67 26
GEMFIBROZIL 106 78 67 96
BENAZEPRIL HCL 104 104 69 21
LIPITOR 103 96 70 69
VESICARE 100 83 71 148
LYRICA 97 91 72 127
AZOR 96 84 73 152
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 95 89 74 185
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 91 86 75 214
BENICAR HCT 90 90 76 158
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 90 90 76 222
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 87 82 78 24
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 85 78 79 67
EFFIENT 84 84 80 261
RANITIDINE HCL 82 80 81 51
NASONEX 78 76 82 126
MICARDIS 78 78 82 232
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 78 68 82 14
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 78 77 82 52
MEGESTROL ACETATE 77 75 R 86 104
SPIRIVA 77 77 86 65
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 77 70 86 128
CEPHALEXIN 75 63 89 111
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 72 65 90 29
HYDROXYZINE HCL 70 61 R 91 161
CLARITHROMYCIN 70 50 91 424
TERBINAFINE HCL 69 38 93 471
INSULIN SYRINGE 67 65 94 61
WELCHOL 67 62 94 199
LEVOFLOXACIN 65 64 96 83
NIFEDIPINE ER 59 55 97 82
LORATADINE 59 45 97 250
BONIVA 58 58 99 191
LANTUS 58 52 99 50
NAMENDA 56 56 101 41
FINASTERIDE 55 49 102 73
LUNESTA 52 52 103 287
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 50 43 104 20
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 Aug. 11, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.