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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,553Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1109 out of 6645

$566K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 943 out of 6645

289 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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 289 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 8,053 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

39% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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 340 304 1 6
LOVASTATIN 332 300 2 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 284 268 3 24
CELEBREX 279 269 4 54
DIOVAN 277 276 5 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 259 241 6 22
METFORMIN HCL 257 234 7 7
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 242 232 8 14
BENAZEPRIL HCL 220 198 9 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 198 180 10 2
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 191 177 11 26
FELODIPINE ER 187 169 12 105
ALLOPURINOL 186 157 13 31
SINGULAIR 167 159 14 76
PROAIR HFA 162 153 15 32
GLIPIZIDE 153 137 16 23
IBUPROFEN 134 119 17 42
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 130 117 18 55
GABAPENTIN 126 111 19 18
AVODART 125 123 20 99
BACLOFEN 117 112 21 100
GEMFIBROZIL 105 87 22 96
ATENOLOL 101 96 23 8
EXFORGE 100 100 24 155
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 91 91 25 12
CROMOLYN SODIUM 90 82 26 331
DIOVAN HCT 89 89 27 64
PROCTOZONE-HC 89 89 27 243
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 71 67 29 128
MECLIZINE HCL 67 62 30 122
COLCRYS 59 59 31 192
LOPERAMIDE 56 51 32 281
PRAZOSIN HCL 53 44 33 340
TRAZODONE HCL 52 49 34 60
ULORIC 51 51 35 227
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.