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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,788Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 82 out of 6645

$1.59M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 126 out of 6645

708 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
81% 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

12% of this provider’s 708 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 20,175 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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 993 832 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 986 851 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 861 704 3 4
OMEPRAZOLE 680 571 4 6
METFORMIN HCL 638 563 5 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 558 538 6 27
FUROSEMIDE 555 467 7 11
FAMOTIDINE 550 426 8 33
MIRTAZAPINE 515 459 9 70
WARFARIN SODIUM 441 416 10 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 431 379 11 13
LISINOPRIL 425 394 12 3
GABAPENTIN 375 305 13 18
RISPERIDONE 346 253 14 93
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 336 309 15 14
ATENOLOL 335 271 16 8
LANTUS 326 274 17 50
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 322 189 R 18 188
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 310 235 19 28
CITALOPRAM HBR 306 255 20 35
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 304 212 S3 21 5
TRAMADOL HCL 295 283 22 30
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 289 283 23 12
TRAZODONE HCL 276 218 24 60
NAMENDA 270 247 25 41
CARVEDILOL 270 231 25 25
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 261 212 27 116
DIOVAN 259 229 28 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 251 241 29 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 245 181 30 17
LEVETIRACETAM 244 155 31 119
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 220 123 32 113
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 211 137 33 101
NOVOLOG 207 174 34 144
HYDRALAZINE HCL 203 166 35 77
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 203 189 35 24
CLOPIDOGREL 184 172 37 36
OLANZAPINE 172 91 38 140
PLAVIX 164 160 39 49
DIGOXIN 164 163 39 59
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 159 38 41 273
LACTULOSE 145 92 42 125
CLONIDINE HCL 145 133 42 56
GLIPIZIDE 142 130 44 23
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 142 104 44 86
ACTOS 139 109 46 71
GLIMEPIRIDE 138 122 47 47
NOVOLIN R 131 96 48 142
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 129 116 49 10
JANUVIA 126 102 50 38
EXELON 124 96 51 149
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 124 121 51 9
LOVASTATIN 122 122 53 15
MELOXICAM 120 119 54 46
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 119 96 55 55
BENAZEPRIL HCL 118 112 56 21
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 114 100 57 112
HUMULIN R 110 96 58 209
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 108 106 59 20
ADVAIR DISKUS 106 75 60 45
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 102 93 61 66
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 102 88 61 29
HALOPERIDOL 97 39 63 303
SEROQUEL 90 56 64 208
MEGESTROL ACETATE 90 87 R 64 104
FINASTERIDE 86 86 66 73
VALPROIC ACID 85 35 67 285
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 84 65 68 120
SPIRIVA 78 59 69 65
ABILIFY 77 31 70 204
LITHIUM CARBONATE 77 11 70 422
RANITIDINE HCL 77 63 70 51
LIPITOR 76 76 73 69
HUMALOG 74 63 74 137
LEVOFLOXACIN 73 67 75 83
LEXAPRO 73 63 75 218
FELODIPINE ER 73 73 75 105
ALLOPURINOL 72 64 78 31
PROPRANOLOL HCL 70 26 79 151
FENOFIBRATE 70 45 79 74
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 69 63 81 198
METOLAZONE 68 64 82 337
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 67 60 83 67
CARBAMAZEPINE 67 49 83 224
CEPHALEXIN 65 51 85 111
GENERLAC 63 57 86 310
AMIODARONE HCL 62 57 87 160
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 62 48 87 407
BUSPIRONE HCL 62 26 87 207
SEROQUEL XR 59 30 90 343
DILTIAZEM HCL 59 50 90 351
PROCRIT 59 41 90 352
ROPINIROLE HCL 55 55 93 166
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 55 0 93 172
DIOVAN HCT 55 55 93 64
SERTRALINE HCL 53 47 96 43
TIMOLOL MALEATE 53 23 96 373
AVODART 50 50 98 99
HYDROXYZINE HCL 50 32 R 98 161
KLOR-CON 10 50 49 98 145
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 6, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.