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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,203Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 330 out of 6645

$928K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 374 out of 6645

410 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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 410 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 410 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 12,476 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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 509 459 1 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 474 463 2 27
SIMVASTATIN 459 385 3 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 398 274 4 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 395 338 5 2
NAMENDA 384 382 6 41
FUROSEMIDE 373 323 7 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 340 257 S3 8 5
LISINOPRIL 329 292 9 3
LANTUS 312 264 10 50
OMEPRAZOLE 301 281 11 6
FAMOTIDINE 284 264 12 33
GABAPENTIN 268 189 13 18
METFORMIN HCL 250 176 14 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 236 201 15 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 226 180 16 29
BENAZEPRIL HCL 211 167 17 21
CLONIDINE HCL 200 146 18 56
CARVEDILOL 191 168 19 25
NOVOLIN R 171 142 20 142
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 167 138 21 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 163 150 22 14
ATENOLOL 154 137 23 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 137 119 24 28
MIRTAZAPINE 136 136 25 70
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 126 106 26 112
NOVOLOG 123 97 27 144
LOVASTATIN 122 121 28 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 122 101 28 10
LIDODERM 112 106 30 53
LEVOFLOXACIN 111 101 31 83
TRAMADOL HCL 109 105 32 30
HUMULIN R 108 87 33 209
PAROXETINE HCL 107 91 34 72
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 104 62 35 9
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 104 97 35 113
PHENYTOIN 101 91 37 355
CLOPIDOGREL 100 89 38 36
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 100 99 38 66
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 98 88 40 134
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 98 98 40 116
HYDRALAZINE HCL 97 72 42 77
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 97 55 42 120
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 95 72 44 101
GLIPIZIDE 93 80 45 23
HUMALOG 92 80 46 137
LEVETIRACETAM 91 76 47 119
TAMSULOSIN HCL 90 71 48 22
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 90 88 48 201
DIOVAN 85 84 50 19
DIGOXIN 80 68 51 59
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 79 57 52 24
SERTRALINE HCL 76 43 53 43
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 76 49 53 86
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 74 39 55 55
RISPERIDONE 74 53 55 93
CITALOPRAM HBR 67 66 57 35
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 67 67 57 12
KLOR-CON M20 65 65 59 203
ADVAIR DISKUS 64 54 60 45
PLAVIX 64 59 60 49
HYDROXYZINE HCL 62 30 R 62 161
CYMBALTA 61 41 63 78
KLOR-CON M10 60 52 64 276
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 60 13 S2 64 235
FENTANYL 59 24 S2 66 141
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 57 28 S2 67 150
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 57 56 67 179
SUCRALFATE 56 36 69 256
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 55 49 70 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 54 48 71 20
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 54 48 71 156
SPIRONOLACTONE 52 43 73 85
BACLOFEN 51 19 74 100
LEVEMIR 50 19 75 272
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. 25, 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.