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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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28,705Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 54 out of 6645

$1.38M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 166 out of 6645

697 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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

10% of this provider’s 697 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 697 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 23,776 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

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,072 739 S3 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 1,052 958 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 1,013 856 3 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 924 750 4 2
LISINOPRIL 900 786 5 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 882 743 6 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 850 723 7 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 775 671 8 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 615 478 9 28
DONEPEZIL HCL 612 611 10 27
GABAPENTIN 574 420 11 18
OMEPRAZOLE 548 386 12 6
LANTUS 533 448 13 50
RISPERIDONE 519 356 14 93
METFORMIN HCL 490 406 15 7
NAMENDA 484 413 16 41
FAMOTIDINE 404 329 17 33
MIRTAZAPINE 378 347 18 70
CARVEDILOL 357 314 19 25
CLOPIDOGREL 273 268 20 36
GLIPIZIDE 267 267 21 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 257 211 22 9
DIGOXIN 234 209 23 59
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 227 183 24 10
OLANZAPINE 224 133 25 140
ATENOLOL 223 220 26 8
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 219 193 27 55
NOVOLOG 210 175 28 144
TAMSULOSIN HCL 210 205 28 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 202 167 30 24
BACLOFEN 202 89 30 100
CITALOPRAM HBR 201 164 32 35
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 189 176 33 12
PLAVIX 187 154 34 49
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 180 143 35 201
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 177 176 36 116
TRAZODONE HCL 176 150 37 60
SERTRALINE HCL 173 143 38 43
LEVOFLOXACIN 171 140 39 83
ADVAIR DISKUS 171 140 39 45
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 168 138 41 29
FENTANYL 167 116 S2 42 141
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 160 145 43 101
HUMALOG 155 118 44 137
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 154 146 45 14
TRAMADOL HCL 153 129 46 30
LOVASTATIN 144 133 47 15
BENAZEPRIL HCL 139 117 48 21
LEVETIRACETAM 137 64 49 119
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 135 123 50 233
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 133 113 51 179
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 131 93 52 120
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 128 111 53 113
PREDNISONE 125 101 54 57
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 123 81 55 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 121 100 56 17
DIOVAN 120 109 57 19
FINASTERIDE 118 118 58 73
LEXAPRO 113 88 59 218
HYDRALAZINE HCL 113 84 59 77
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 109 64 61 273
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 106 104 62 86
VENTOLIN HFA 104 74 63 146
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 103 91 64 172
CEPHALEXIN 103 84 64 111
SPIRONOLACTONE 103 95 64 85
PROCRIT 102 88 67 352
RANITIDINE HCL 102 76 67 51
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 102 86 67 67
MEGESTROL ACETATE 102 96 R 67 104
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 96 88 S3 71 80
NEXIUM 92 71 72 40
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 91 77 73 134
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 91 86 73 112
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 91 49 R 73 188
CYMBALTA 90 71 76 78
KLOR-CON M20 89 78 77 203
SPIRIVA 88 73 78 65
FLUOXETINE HCL 87 56 79 63
NOVOLIN R 86 72 80 142
GLYBURIDE 86 85 R 80 58
IBUPROFEN 85 74 82 42
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 84 80 83 75
GLIMEPIRIDE 84 67 83 47
PERMETHRIN 83 76 85 384
PAROXETINE HCL 83 82 85 72
SEROQUEL 80 70 87 208
KLOR-CON M10 80 70 87 276
GEMFIBROZIL 80 68 87 96
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 75 66 90 129
CLONIDINE HCL 73 53 91 56
VALPROIC ACID 73 43 91 285
BUSPIRONE HCL 71 30 93 207
ALLOPURINOL 70 66 94 31
FLUOCINONIDE 68 67 95 130
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 67 62 S2 96 150
CEFTRIAXONE 65 56 97 409
NITROSTAT 65 54 97 193
ROPINIROLE HCL 64 54 99 166
MELOXICAM 64 58 99 46
LITHIUM CARBONATE 63 28 101 422
PROAIR HFA 62 39 102 32
HUMULIN R 62 59 102 209
NYSTATIN 59 50 104 234
OLANZAPINE ODT 57 55 105 526
VENLAFAXINE HCL 56 56 106 388
NAPROXEN 55 39 107 88
KLOR-CON 8 53 48 108 123
EXELON 53 53 108 149
LIPITOR 52 17 110 69
AVODART 51 51 111 99
RAMIPRIL 50 49 112 118
LATANOPROST 50 50 112 320
NATEGLINIDE 50 42 112 220
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. 30, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.