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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,044Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1552 out of 6645

$833K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 461 out of 6645

485 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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 6,251 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

58% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$118 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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
ADVAIR DISKUS 711 665 1 45
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 573 532 10 2 253
SPIRIVA 493 466 3 65
SINGULAIR 450 398 4 76
PROAIR HFA 412 381 5 32
SYMBICORT 398 366 6 153
PREDNISONE 359 327 7 57
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 219 203 8 128
XOPENEX HFA 203 183 10 9 345
FUROSEMIDE 190 169 10 11
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 187 155 11 112
VENTOLIN HFA 177 154 12 146
PATANASE 141 120 10 13 427
AZITHROMYCIN 126 101 14 44
NASONEX 121 109 15 126
LEVOFLOXACIN 108 96 16 83
COMBIVENT 106 78 17 174
SIMVASTATIN 86 71 18 1
OMEPRAZOLE 74 69 19 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 65 51 20 28
THEO-24 63 63 21 451
DULERA 58 50 22 300
DIOVAN 54 43 23 19
GABAPENTIN 50 49 24 18
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. 2, 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.