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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,914Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1276 out of 6645

$319K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2320 out of 6645

492 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
20% 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

15% of this provider’s 492 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 7,527 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$40 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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 437 418 1 4
ATENOLOL 347 334 2 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 316 303 S3 3 5
LISINOPRIL 277 272 4 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 267 262 5 2
LOVASTATIN 241 223 6 15
OMEPRAZOLE 232 219 7 6
METFORMIN HCL 212 189 8 7
FUROSEMIDE 200 197 9 11
SIMVASTATIN 195 179 10 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 141 125 11 9
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 141 135 11 52
WARFARIN SODIUM 128 128 13 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 122 121 14 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 121 114 15 14
BENAZEPRIL HCL 117 117 16 21
CLONIDINE HCL 98 76 17 56
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 97 97 18 28
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 90 90 19 13
CARVEDILOL 85 85 20 25
GLIPIZIDE 79 75 21 23
GABAPENTIN 73 69 22 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 70 67 23 17
LEVOXYL 70 70 23 136
FLUOXETINE HCL 67 61 25 63
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 63 56 26 20
NIFEDIAC CC 63 63 26 231
TRAMADOL HCL 62 62 28 30
TRAZODONE HCL 60 45 29 60
ALLOPURINOL 60 60 29 31
DIOVAN 59 59 31 19
RANITIDINE HCL 58 45 32 51
DONEPEZIL HCL 57 57 33 27
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 57 56 R 33 117
IBUPROFEN 54 52 35 42
CITALOPRAM HBR 54 53 35 35
DETROL LA 51 51 37 260
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 51 51 37 143
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 51 51 37 12
VERAPAMIL ER 50 48 40 154
LANTUS 50 38 40 50
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 Feb. 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.