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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,149Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1203 out of 6645

$203K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3820 out of 6645

315 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
79% 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

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 6,817 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$25 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,229 1,006 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,096 966 2 2
METFORMIN HCL 656 542 3 7
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 628 493 10 4 181
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 532 440 5 37
CARVEDILOL 448 384 6 25
BENAZEPRIL HCL 274 234 7 21
TRAMADOL HCL 169 154 8 30
OMEPRAZOLE 163 160 9 6
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 144 144 10 62
GLIMEPIRIDE 143 103 11 47
LISINOPRIL 141 116 12 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 140 115 13 4
HYDRALAZINE HCL 125 117 14 77
FUROSEMIDE 88 76 15 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 82 69 16 16
INSULIN SYRINGE 82 54 16 61
GLIPIZIDE 81 77 18 23
LANTUS 74 59 19 50
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 69 49 20 357
RANITIDINE HCL 68 46 21 51
PROAIR HFA 64 43 22 32
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 60 53 23 10
COMBIVENT 60 58 23 174
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 56 45 25 66
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 56 56 25 81
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 55 39 27 370
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 Sept. 13, 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.