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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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76,355Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 6645

$10.5M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 6645

931 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
100% 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

21% of this provider’s 931 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 74,132 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

74% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$138 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

82 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
CRESTOR 5,453 5,288 10 1 34
LOVAZA 4,731 4,610 10 2 68
CLOPIDOGREL 2,854 2,786 10 3 36
EVISTA 2,263 2,194 10 4 90
BYSTOLIC 2,237 2,182 10 5 110
AMMONIUM LACTATE 2,036 1,955 10 6 266
PLAVIX 2,009 1,970 10 7 49
LIDODERM 1,809 1,734 10 8 53
SINGULAIR 1,595 1,560 10 9 76
AZOR 1,569 1,538 10 10 152
COREG CR 1,349 1,328 10 11 242
KOMBIGLYZE XR 1,330 1,306 10 12 297
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,269 1,231 13 2
ATELVIA 1,202 1,194 10 14 91
FLECTOR 1,185 1,141 10 15 230
BENICAR 1,135 1,122 10 16 84
LANSOPRAZOLE 1,122 1,080 10 17 163
JANUVIA 1,079 1,069 10 18 38
AVODART 1,005 984 19 99
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 946 920 10 20 128
SPIRIVA 935 914 21 65
RAPAFLO 911 892 10 22 246
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 906 884 10 23 228
FUROSEMIDE 856 845 24 11
ACTOS 818 813 10 25 71
PENNSAID 808 783 10 26 366
JANUMET 793 744 10 27 132
RANEXA 730 727 10 28 276
ZETIA 707 692 10 29 87
NIASPAN 695 646 10 30 164
TRICOR 691 661 10 31 138
CHLORTHALIDONE 618 613 10 32 180
TRIBENZOR 610 585 10 33 257
SPIRONOLACTONE 585 568 34 85
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 581 555 10 35 289
VOLTAREN 553 532 36 108
AMITIZA 551 546 10 37 245
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 536 529 38 10
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 499 480 10 39 241
LIVALO 489 485 10 40 274
TRILIPIX 474 472 10 41 178
MICARDIS 452 424 10 42 232
ANTARA 448 415 10 43 361
ACIPHEX 441 432 10 44 167
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 438 423 10 45 147
ULORIC 434 427 10 46 227
THEO-24 428 416 10 47 451
ADVAIR DISKUS 416 409 48 45
FAMOTIDINE 411 402 49 33
SYMBICORT 399 383 50 153
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 398 377 S3 51 80
CELEBREX 374 364 52 54
EXFORGE 367 344 53 155
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 365 360 54 28
CILOSTAZOL 352 352 55 202
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 347 340 R 10 56 184
PREDNISONE 337 329 57 57
DIOVAN 331 321 58 19
TEKTURNA 311 311 10 59 264
ALLOPURINOL 306 302 60 31
ACTOPLUS MET 295 271 10 61 275
ACTONEL 293 275 62 92
ROPINIROLE HCL 289 289 63 166
PROCRIT 285 284 10 64 352
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 280 280 65 66
NEXIUM 274 264 66 40
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 272 269 67 17
DEXILANT 268 254 68 102
WELCHOL 266 252 69 199
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 258 254 70 120
WARFARIN SODIUM 255 213 71 16
MOMETASONE FUROATE 244 225 72 292
ASTEPRO 238 217 10 73 414
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 235 227 74 12
ATACAND 231 230 10 75 534
DALIRESP 229 225 10 76 408
BONIVA 227 224 77 191
CEFDINIR 224 215 78 376
NASONEX 223 209 79 126
TRADJENTA 212 211 10 80 401
LEVOFLOXACIN 210 204 81 83
COLCRYS 207 196 82 192
PROLIA 199 198 10 83 359
SUPRAX 190 186 10 84 406
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 182 182 85 4
PATANASE 173 153 10 86 427
TAMSULOSIN HCL 170 161 87 22
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 167 157 88 55
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-DEXAMETH 166 157 89 390
MELOXICAM 166 155 89 46
MEGESTROL ACETATE 163 163 R 91 104
VIMOVO 162 159 10 92 438
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 158 157 93 344
PATADAY 156 146 94 183
LYRICA 154 152 95 127
DIOVAN HCT 150 149 96 64
ROZEREM 149 145 10 97 582
VIREAD 149 149 97 259
EDARBI 147 147 10 99 430
CYCLOSET 146 146 10 100 586
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 146 121 100 26
LUNESTA 145 144 102 287
PEN NEEDLE 145 145 102 159
PRADAXA 143 143 104 247
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 143 140 104 347
ULTICARE 142 134 10 106 433
RANITIDINE HCL 137 128 107 51
MICARDIS HCT 133 131 108 299
VESICARE 132 131 109 148
DONEPEZIL HCL 132 132 109 27
BENICAR HCT 130 129 111 158
NAMENDA 123 123 112 41
VICTOZA 3-PAK 122 122 113 365
HYDROXYZINE HCL 120 112 R 114 161
PROCTOZONE-HC 120 118 114 243
MECLIZINE HCL 119 113 116 122
ATACAND HCT 113 113 10 117 621
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 112 103 118 29
NATEGLINIDE 110 110 119 220
MEGACE ES 108 104 R 120 382
PIOGLITAZONE-METFORMIN 107 102 R 10 121 467
METFORMIN HCL 106 92 122 7
BYDUREON 106 104 122 566
DIGOXIN 104 90 124 59
ONGLYZA 104 104 124 168
FORTEO 103 102 126 280
CREON 100 98 127 114
GUANFACINE HCL 98 92 R 128 429
EXELON 94 94 129 149
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 94 90 129 62
CARVEDILOL 91 88 131 25
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 89 88 132 121
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 88 86 133 139
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 85 80 134 177
IRBESARTAN 84 78 135 434
FLUCONAZOLE 82 82 136 298
AMOXICILLIN 77 76 137 107
TOVIAZ 77 77 137 556
FENOFIBRATE 75 71 139 74
CICLOPIROX 72 72 140 402
HYDROCORTISONE 72 70 140 229
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 71 71 S3 142 5
AGGRENOX 71 70 142 282
METHIMAZOLE 70 63 144 362
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 70 67 144 214
BARACLUDE 69 69 146 432
CYMBALTA 68 67 147 78
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 66 66 148 20
METHOTREXATE 63 63 149 217
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 62 62 150 81
JALYN 61 61 151 354
ACARBOSE 58 58 152 211
BYETTA 54 43 153 486
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 53 50 154 215
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 53 53 154 237
PROPYLTHIOURACIL 52 35 156 465
XOPENEX HFA 51 48 157 345
OMNARIS 50 42 10 158 750
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 8, 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.