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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,538Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1116 out of 6645

$428K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1496 out of 6645

438 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
32% 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

3% of this provider’s 438 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 438 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 7,556 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

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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
LOVASTATIN 378 362 1 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 351 332 2 2
ATENOLOL 319 291 3 8
LISINOPRIL 316 306 4 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 280 252 5 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 251 227 S3 6 5
SIMVASTATIN 242 191 7 1
FUROSEMIDE 223 184 8 11
FELODIPINE ER 201 200 9 105
CLONIDINE HCL 188 165 10 56
METFORMIN HCL 178 169 11 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 164 126 12 4
OMEPRAZOLE 147 146 13 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 126 120 14 28
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 120 108 15 81
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 116 88 16 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 108 102 17 12
ALLOPURINOL 107 107 18 31
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 103 79 19 10
TRAMADOL HCL 102 79 20 30
BENAZEPRIL HCL 102 93 20 21
GABAPENTIN 101 71 22 18
CARVEDILOL 98 83 23 25
DONEPEZIL HCL 97 97 24 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 92 67 25 16
NIFEDIPINE ER 91 81 26 82
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 87 77 27 26
SPIRIVA 86 75 28 65
JANUVIA 80 72 29 38
GLIPIZIDE 79 63 30 23
KLOR-CON 10 74 64 31 145
DIOVAN 70 68 32 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 64 62 33 13
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 64 53 S3 33 80
BENICAR 62 60 35 84
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 60 58 36 14
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 57 42 R 37 117
VERAPAMIL ER 56 56 38 154
GLYBURIDE 56 53 R 38 58
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 55 55 40 20
PROAIR HFA 55 46 40 32
NAMENDA 53 53 42 41
TAMSULOSIN HCL 52 52 43 22
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 31 44 62
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. 14, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.