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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,908Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 91 out of 6645

$1.26M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 206 out of 6645

1,160 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
35% 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

5% of this provider’s 1,160 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 1,160 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 19,518 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

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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 1,911 1,324 S3 1 5
LISINOPRIL 1,085 932 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 891 757 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 789 709 4 4
OMEPRAZOLE 747 634 5 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 725 639 6 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 542 449 7 13
METFORMIN HCL 474 418 8 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 452 371 9 9
FUROSEMIDE 425 379 10 11
ATENOLOL 420 366 11 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 379 373 12 16
LOVASTATIN 371 332 13 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 302 253 14 28
GABAPENTIN 294 243 15 18
SERTRALINE HCL 278 234 16 43
CITALOPRAM HBR 273 200 17 35
GLIMEPIRIDE 271 216 18 47
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 263 195 19 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 240 214 20 10
CARVEDILOL 229 201 21 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 211 177 22 29
ADVAIR DISKUS 210 164 23 45
CARISOPRODOL 205 88 R 24 94
TAMSULOSIN HCL 193 188 25 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 189 178 26 14
DIOVAN 182 155 27 19
PROAIR HFA 181 132 28 32
BENAZEPRIL HCL 180 134 29 21
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 174 131 30 12
ALLOPURINOL 166 149 31 31
PAROXETINE HCL 160 116 32 72
DONEPEZIL HCL 159 148 33 27
TRAMADOL HCL 159 119 33 30
TERAZOSIN HCL 150 142 35 48
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 149 122 R 36 117
CRESTOR 140 120 37 34
CLOPIDOGREL 130 121 38 36
DIGOXIN 129 113 39 59
TRAZODONE HCL 128 69 40 60
RANITIDINE HCL 120 92 41 51
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 120 73 41 20
FINASTERIDE 116 116 43 73
CLONIDINE HCL 112 76 44 56
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 111 105 45 66
SPIRONOLACTONE 107 90 46 85
FLUOXETINE HCL 104 76 47 63
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 104 87 47 81
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 103 81 49 37
GLIPIZIDE 101 101 50 23
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 101 85 50 67
FAMOTIDINE 101 101 50 33
NAMENDA 99 84 53 41
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 99 77 53 24
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 97 62 S2 55 124
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 96 64 56 26
PREMARIN 96 84 R 56 169
NEXIUM 93 68 58 40
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 92 91 59 52
AZITHROMYCIN 91 75 60 44
ESTRADIOL 89 59 R 61 165
SPIRIVA 89 84 61 65
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 87 59 R 63 157
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 86 72 64 198
SYNTHROID 84 67 65 79
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 84 68 65 75
BENICAR 84 82 65 84
LEVOXYL 84 69 65 136
PLAVIX 83 70 69 49
KLOR-CON 10 79 74 70 145
AMIODARONE HCL 78 65 71 160
COMBIVENT 78 73 71 174
MIRTAZAPINE 77 66 73 70
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 77 49 73 86
LIDODERM 76 66 75 53
RAMIPRIL 73 73 76 118
HYDROXYZINE HCL 71 68 R 77 161
PROPRANOLOL HCL 70 55 78 151
NIFEDIPINE ER 67 67 79 82
PREDNISONE 67 64 79 57
ACTONEL 66 66 81 92
KLOR-CON 8 64 44 82 123
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 63 33 83 175
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 63 59 83 97
DILTIAZEM ER 61 59 85 182
CYMBALTA 61 32 85 78
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 59 52 S3 87 80
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 59 59 87 143
PROMETHAZINE HCL 58 35 R 89 219
AGGRENOX 57 57 90 282
IBUPROFEN 56 42 91 42
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 55 26 92 306
ZETIA 54 50 93 87
AVODART 53 53 94 99
NIASPAN 52 52 95 164
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 52 48 95 121
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 52 51 95 233
RISPERIDONE 52 26 95 93
NAPROXEN 52 45 95 88
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 51 51 100 176
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 50 28 101 101
ZOSTAVAX 50 47 101 115
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 Feb. 3, 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.