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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,231Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 151 out of 6645

$1.21M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 219 out of 6645

895 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
87% 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

2% of this provider’s 895 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

31% of this provider’s 895 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 17,256 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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 1,125 969 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 924 795 2 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 664 472 S3 3 5
FUROSEMIDE 583 522 4 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 468 408 5 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 445 399 6 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 424 386 7 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 417 380 8 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 408 408 9 27
ATENOLOL 388 345 10 8
GABAPENTIN 378 262 11 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 343 309 12 14
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 319 261 R 13 95
METFORMIN HCL ER 305 243 14 89
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 296 253 15 62
TAMSULOSIN HCL 295 291 16 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 289 245 17 28
LISINOPRIL 263 194 18 3
DIOVAN 252 198 19 19
FINASTERIDE 248 237 20 73
CARVEDILOL 248 232 20 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 247 220 22 29
JANUVIA 211 149 23 38
SERTRALINE HCL 209 179 24 43
MIRTAZAPINE 207 189 25 70
ACTOS 205 164 26 71
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 189 151 27 17
DILTIAZEM ER 185 171 28 182
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 184 176 S3 29 80
LEVOFLOXACIN 183 151 30 83
CLOPIDOGREL 182 171 31 36
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 176 161 32 55
METFORMIN HCL 176 156 32 7
CLONIDINE HCL 174 156 34 56
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 172 162 35 20
NAMENDA 171 166 36 41
PAROXETINE HCL 169 141 37 72
LACTULOSE 161 145 38 125
DIOVAN HCT 157 157 39 64
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 145 142 40 75
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 143 121 41 10
PLAVIX 139 126 42 49
HYDRALAZINE HCL 136 126 43 77
TRAMADOL HCL 135 100 44 30
ALLOPURINOL 133 122 45 31
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 123 102 46 177
SINGULAIR 121 92 47 76
GLIMEPIRIDE 118 100 48 47
WARFARIN SODIUM 113 97 49 16
LOVASTATIN 110 95 50 15
DIGOXIN 107 96 51 59
RISPERIDONE 106 106 52 93
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 104 76 53 24
NIFEDIPINE ER 99 92 54 82
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 96 85 55 228
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 96 76 55 172
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 95 78 57 120
EVISTA 95 89 57 90
GLYBURIDE 91 86 R 59 58
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 90 86 60 116
RANITIDINE HCL 89 87 61 51
PROAIR HFA 89 67 61 32
ROPINIROLE HCL 84 73 63 166
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 83 79 64 66
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 81 79 65 176
INSULIN SYRINGE 80 61 66 61
IBUPROFEN 78 57 67 42
LANTUS 78 44 67 50
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 77 52 69 112
PROPRANOLOL HCL 74 70 70 151
GLIPIZIDE XL 73 62 71 315
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 70 68 72 129
HYDROCORTISONE 69 62 73 229
GLIPIZIDE 68 55 74 23
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 65 56 R 75 184
MEGESTROL ACETATE 64 58 R 76 104
LEVETIRACETAM 63 12 77 119
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 58 77 9
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 62 44 79 128
VENTOLIN HFA 61 42 80 146
PREDNISONE 61 52 80 57
BENAZEPRIL HCL 59 52 82 21
LYRICA 58 42 83 127
CRESTOR 50 40 84 34
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 50 38 84 357
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 June 7, 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.