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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,882Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 183 out of 6645

$1.72M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 114 out of 6645

651 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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

16% of this provider’s 651 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

42% of this provider’s 651 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 12,449 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$91 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 1,548 706 S3 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 556 391 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 460 406 3 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 424 341 4 4
FUROSEMIDE 414 333 5 11
OMEPRAZOLE 305 234 6 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 301 114 7 17
TRAMADOL HCL 271 148 8 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 265 137 9 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 255 194 10 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 251 199 11 22
LANTUS 248 200 12 50
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 244 198 13 29
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 228 173 14 28
GABAPENTIN 216 120 15 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 200 188 16 16
OXYCONTIN 197 22 S2 17 236
METFORMIN HCL 195 118 18 7
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 193 82 19 26
DIOVAN HCT 190 134 20 64
ADVAIR DISKUS 190 106 20 45
MIRTAZAPINE 185 165 22 70
COMBIVENT 185 79 22 174
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 181 154 S3 24 80
RISPERIDONE 177 150 25 93
DIOVAN 173 141 26 19
HUMALOG 169 159 27 137
LISINOPRIL 158 109 28 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 156 118 29 13
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 155 50 S2 30 124
FENTANYL 147 98 S2 31 141
NEXIUM 146 60 32 40
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 142 56 S2 33 213
MELOXICAM 141 107 34 46
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 140 124 35 121
JANUVIA 140 98 35 38
SPIRIVA 140 92 35 65
FENOFIBRATE 137 61 38 74
TRICOR 127 78 39 138
CARISOPRODOL 127 0 R 39 94
CELEBREX 125 80 41 54
DIGOXIN 123 117 42 59
DONEPEZIL HCL 122 122 43 27
CYMBALTA 122 44 43 78
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 120 84 45 55
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 120 97 45 101
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 117 81 47 14
FLUOXETINE HCL 115 91 48 63
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 114 112 49 66
GLIMEPIRIDE 114 87 49 47
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 113 59 R 51 95
BACLOFEN 113 22 51 100
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 106 100 53 86
AZITHROMYCIN 106 68 53 44
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 102 62 R 55 117
ACARBOSE 99 33 56 211
SERTRALINE HCL 97 61 57 43
PREDNISONE 94 74 58 57
PROAIR HFA 90 69 59 32
TRAZODONE HCL 88 58 60 60
ROPINIROLE HCL 87 37 61 166
BENAZEPRIL HCL 86 77 62 21
CLOPIDOGREL 83 60 63 36
RANITIDINE HCL 79 49 64 51
CRESTOR 77 46 65 34
ATENOLOL 77 66 65 8
KETOCONAZOLE 76 64 67 196
NIFEDIPINE ER 75 51 68 82
ALLOPURINOL 74 62 69 31
CARVEDILOL 74 60 69 25
CITALOPRAM HBR 73 58 71 35
PATANOL 73 55 71 131
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 73 58 71 120
NITROSTAT 67 45 74 193
SINGULAIR 66 50 75 76
OLANZAPINE 65 49 76 140
LYRICA 64 30 77 127
NAPROXEN 63 48 78 88
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 63 63 78 116
ENDOCET 63 26 S2 78 453
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 63 52 78 75
EXFORGE 62 45 82 155
CLONIDINE HCL 61 56 83 56
VOLTAREN 61 42 83 108
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 60 23 R 85 157
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 46 86 62
FAMOTIDINE 59 30 86 33
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 59 35 86 12
DEXILANT 56 34 89 102
AVODART 55 37 90 99
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 54 16 91 139
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 53 52 92 172
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 52 33 93 179
NAMENDA 52 52 93 41
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 52 46 93 222
VENTOLIN HFA 52 36 93 146
PLAVIX 51 36 97 49
INSULIN SYRINGE 51 20 97 61
NOVOLOG 51 25 97 144
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 50 33 100 128
PROMETHAZINE HCL 50 15 R 100 219
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, 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.