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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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30,927Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 40 out of 6645

$2.7M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 46 out of 6645

843 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
86% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 843 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 29,575 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

48% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$87 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 2,301 2,212 1 2
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 896 859 2 14
OMEPRAZOLE 768 753 3 6
CELEBREX 714 689 4 54
METFORMIN HCL 713 674 5 7
SIMVASTATIN 703 687 6 1
DIOVAN HCT 699 695 7 64
NEXIUM 690 671 8 40
METFORMIN HCL ER 655 640 9 89
LIDODERM 620 601 10 53
MELOXICAM 571 543 11 46
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 538 496 12 12
DIOVAN 527 526 13 19
GLIMEPIRIDE 504 488 14 47
EVISTA 476 464 15 90
ATENOLOL 474 445 16 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 465 459 17 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 458 456 18 17
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 458 416 18 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 415 388 20 22
ATELVIA 389 377 21 91
PLAVIX 387 364 22 49
CREON 372 371 23 114
ZENPEP 367 367 10 24 210
CLOPIDOGREL 365 357 25 36
JANUVIA 364 335 26 38
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 337 310 27 62
ONGLYZA 302 294 28 168
GABAPENTIN 296 293 29 18
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 293 290 30 81
DONEPEZIL HCL 289 289 31 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 286 277 32 24
AVODART 270 263 33 99
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 264 228 34 55
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 254 226 35 4
ACTOS 252 240 36 71
LOVAZA 219 219 37 68
ACTONEL 218 218 38 92
DEXILANT 214 201 39 102
CRESTOR 206 198 40 34
LIPITOR 205 201 41 69
LEVOFLOXACIN 200 191 42 83
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 199 194 43 29
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 198 194 44 66
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 193 193 45 9
FINASTERIDE 191 165 46 73
LYRICA 164 163 47 127
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 162 152 48 185
SINGULAIR 161 161 49 76
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 154 154 R 50 95
CICLOPIROX 153 144 51 402
LISINOPRIL 150 146 52 3
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 148 145 53 228
CARVEDILOL 146 141 54 25
NAMENDA 145 145 55 41
FENOFIBRATE 134 130 56 74
GLYBURIDE 133 125 R 57 58
GLIPIZIDE 127 118 58 23
BYSTOLIC 127 119 58 110
BACLOFEN 126 121 60 100
ADVAIR DISKUS 125 120 61 45
NIFEDIAC CC 123 123 62 231
NASONEX 122 109 63 126
SERTRALINE HCL 121 117 64 43
BENAZEPRIL HCL 119 109 65 21
LOVASTATIN 118 116 66 15
MEGESTROL ACETATE 117 116 R 67 104
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 117 101 67 28
ZETIA 116 116 69 87
ZOSTAVAX 116 78 69 115
CYMBALTA 114 98 71 78
JALYN 112 112 72 354
ACIPHEX 107 102 73 167
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 106 106 74 52
JANUMET 105 97 75 132
TRILIPIX 101 101 76 178
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 101 101 76 147
IMIPRAMINE HCL 95 93 R 78 446
INSULIN SYRINGE 95 90 78 61
SINGLE USE SWAB 93 90 80 350
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 92 92 81 120
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 91 91 82 97
PEN NEEDLE 85 68 83 159
FUROSEMIDE 83 69 84 11
VOLTAREN 82 82 85 108
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 81 77 S3 86 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 79 72 87 16
BENICAR HCT 76 76 88 158
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 75 74 89 26
AZITHROMYCIN 73 68 90 44
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 72 65 R 91 184
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 71 71 92 13
SPIRIVA 70 70 93 65
WELCHOL 67 67 94 199
LANTUS 67 67 94 50
PREMARIN 65 65 R 96 169
PREMPRO 63 55 R 97 369
BENICAR 61 55 98 84
AMOXICILLIN 61 55 98 107
CLONIDINE HCL 59 58 100 56
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 59 59 100 176
FLUOCINONIDE 58 57 102 130
LANSOPRAZOLE 58 58 102 163
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 57 33 104 139
BONIVA 57 51 104 191
VYTORIN 57 46 104 170
TERAZOSIN HCL 57 57 104 48
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 57 57 104 128
NITROSTAT 57 54 104 193
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 55 55 110 321
ALLOPURINOL 55 53 110 31
SYMBICORT 54 54 112 153
HYDROXYZINE HCL 54 39 R 112 161
FORTEO 53 52 114 280
TRAMADOL HCL 53 52 114 30
NIFEDICAL XL 51 49 116 295
MECLIZINE HCL 50 49 117 122
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. 21, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.