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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,472Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1767 out of 6645

$372K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1857 out of 6645

386 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
14% 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

6% of this provider’s 386 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 386 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 5,921 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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 293 278 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 290 276 2 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 249 203 S3 3 5
OMEPRAZOLE 230 216 4 6
LISINOPRIL 201 172 5 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 198 192 6 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 191 182 7 17
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 140 126 8 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 138 127 9 35
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 127 127 10 24
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 119 108 11 26
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 119 118 11 52
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 109 109 13 2
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 106 106 14 14
FELODIPINE ER 99 84 15 105
ATENOLOL 99 82 15 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 94 90 17 16
SERTRALINE HCL 94 87 17 43
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 94 87 17 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 90 85 20 28
SYNTHROID 80 80 21 79
GABAPENTIN 67 67 22 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 64 64 23 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 59 24 9
FUROSEMIDE 61 57 25 11
FAMOTIDINE 56 48 26 33
FLUOXETINE HCL 55 44 27 63
ADVAIR DISKUS 55 42 27 45
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 55 51 R 27 117
DONEPEZIL HCL 52 52 30 27
ESTRADIOL 50 50 R 31 165
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 Dec. 23, 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.