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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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51,269Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 6645

$2.91M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 39 out of 6645

1,842 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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

4% of this provider’s 1,842 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 1,842 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 44,947 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 2,408 2,092 1 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,774 1,541 S3 2 5
LISINOPRIL 1,535 1,403 3 3
SIMVASTATIN 1,401 1,311 4 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,395 1,323 5 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 1,278 1,171 6 12
FUROSEMIDE 1,216 1,057 7 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,106 1,044 8 16
METFORMIN HCL 1,077 893 9 7
OMEPRAZOLE 993 810 10 6
GABAPENTIN 986 862 11 18
LOVASTATIN 900 848 12 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 896 814 13 13
CARVEDILOL 893 790 14 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 890 798 10 15 29
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 696 688 16 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 655 600 17 10
ATENOLOL 582 512 18 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 549 546 19 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 523 447 20 17
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 511 453 21 75
DIGOXIN 504 484 22 59
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 493 441 23 20
FAMOTIDINE 478 454 24 33
CLOPIDOGREL 472 426 25 36
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 457 407 26 24
TAMSULOSIN HCL 451 410 27 22
SPIRIVA 430 378 28 65
ADVAIR DISKUS 416 357 29 45
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 415 355 30 28
CITALOPRAM HBR 407 375 31 35
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 389 377 32 9
CRESTOR 380 322 33 34
TRAZODONE HCL 376 281 34 60
GLIPIZIDE 376 350 34 23
GLYBURIDE 348 311 R 36 58
CLONIDINE HCL 333 299 37 56
MELOXICAM 324 286 38 46
PLAVIX 321 291 39 49
FENOFIBRATE 321 256 39 74
BENAZEPRIL HCL 296 238 41 21
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 292 260 42 52
PROPRANOLOL HCL 292 226 42 151
RANITIDINE HCL 278 250 44 51
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 276 240 45 66
PREDNISONE 265 247 46 57
DIOVAN 265 238 46 19
NAMENDA 258 258 48 41
NEXIUM 251 216 49 40
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 249 196 50 26
MIRTAZAPINE 249 241 50 70
SYMBICORT 248 221 52 153
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 233 218 53 67
XARELTO 225 213 54 435
ALLOPURINOL 223 197 55 31
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 221 194 56 62
PROAIR HFA 218 179 57 32
KLOR-CON 10 218 207 57 145
TRAMADOL HCL 217 199 59 30
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 212 176 60 86
VYTORIN 210 173 61 170
VERAPAMIL ER 200 167 62 154
LANTUS 197 146 63 50
INSULIN SYRINGE 196 144 64 61
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 191 180 65 55
CEFUROXIME 190 178 66 317
FINASTERIDE 186 183 67 73
PAROXETINE HCL 177 168 68 72
AZITHROMYCIN 176 158 69 44
METHOCARBAMOL 176 128 R 69 268
CYMBALTA 174 118 71 78
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 165 150 72 304
LYRICA 163 124 73 127
BUSPIRONE HCL 161 133 74 207
SERTRALINE HCL 159 133 75 43
GLIMEPIRIDE 156 134 76 47
PRADAXA 156 156 76 247
LEVETIRACETAM 154 94 78 119
AMOXICILLIN 154 132 78 107
CELEBREX 149 130 80 54
LIDODERM 149 109 80 53
KLOR-CON 8 146 126 82 123
ACTONEL 144 127 83 92
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 144 126 S3 83 80
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 141 134 85 262
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 139 121 R 86 117
FLUOXETINE HCL 139 95 86 63
RAMIPRIL 134 116 88 118
COMBIVENT 133 124 89 174
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 128 120 90 116
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 128 114 90 187
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 126 118 92 198
JANUVIA 126 101 92 38
IBUPROFEN 125 82 94 42
LOVAZA 125 85 94 68
ALPRAZOLAM 123 115 96 195
LIPITOR 120 98 97 69
NIFEDIPINE ER 117 117 98 82
LACTULOSE 113 103 99 125
AVODART 111 98 100 99
SINGULAIR 108 91 101 76
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 106 88 102 37
ZETIA 105 95 103 87
CEPHALEXIN 104 82 104 111
ENABLEX 104 96 104 301
NITROSTAT 101 89 106 193
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 100 84 107 347
LORAZEPAM 97 97 108 189
VENTOLIN HFA 95 53 109 146
ROPINIROLE HCL 93 73 110 166
KLOR-CON M10 93 89 110 276
CILOSTAZOL 93 90 110 202
TEMAZEPAM 92 92 113 269
BYSTOLIC 91 91 114 110
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 91 84 114 222
HYDROXYZINE HCL 90 51 R 116 161
DILTIAZEM ER 89 88 117 182
CARISOPRODOL 88 22 R 118 94
SPIRONOLACTONE 87 64 119 85
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 85 72 R 120 95
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 84 69 121 175
BACLOFEN 83 51 122 100
LEVOXYL 83 83 122 136
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 82 76 124 233
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 81 81 125 176
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 80 80 126 179
TERAZOSIN HCL 77 77 127 48
MINOXIDIL 76 76 128 398
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 75 60 S2 129 213
LANSOPRAZOLE 73 49 130 163
CHOLESTYRAMINE 72 72 131 506
LEXAPRO 72 64 131 218
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 71 71 133 81
BENICAR HCT 71 60 133 158
HUMALOG 71 37 133 137
AMIODARONE HCL 71 69 133 160
PRIMIDONE 71 71 133 372
ACIPHEX 69 47 138 167
GLIPIZIDE ER 67 67 139 239
METRONIDAZOLE 66 65 140 329
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 66 53 S2 140 124
DIOVAN HCT 66 57 140 64
CLONAZEPAM 66 66 140 610
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 65 48 144 112
EXELON 64 64 145 149
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 64 54 145 128
CARTIA XT 64 60 145 485
GEMFIBROZIL 64 54 145 96
PREMARIN 64 57 R 145 169
LEVEMIR 61 34 150 272
HYDRALAZINE HCL 60 60 151 77
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 59 36 R 152 157
HUMULIN R 59 38 152 209
NIFEDIAC CC 58 57 154 231
TRICOR 58 47 154 138
GENERLAC 57 56 156 310
NIFEDICAL XL 56 52 157 295
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 56 40 157 172
SOTALOL 56 51 157 332
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 56 49 157 134
METOLAZONE 55 25 161 337
BENICAR 55 55 161 84
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 54 41 163 129
NASONEX 53 52 164 126
VESICARE 52 52 165 148
NAPROXEN 52 38 165 88
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 52 31 165 253
TRILIPIX 51 36 168 178
WELCHOL 51 38 168 199
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 51 41 168 244
SEROQUEL 51 0 168 208
SYNTHROID 51 48 168 79
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 51 48 168 177
MECLIZINE HCL 50 47 174 122
LEVOFLOXACIN 50 47 174 83
ONGLYZA 50 47 174 168
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. 15, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.