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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Legal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,212Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 68

$443K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 68

298 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
26% 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

16% of this provider’s 298 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 9,533 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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 516 489 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 513 489 2 1
METFORMIN HCL 380 365 3 4
CARVEDILOL 369 334 4 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 351 344 5 2
LISINOPRIL 289 285 6 6
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 276 257 7 87
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 253 239 8 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 249 243 9 30
FINASTERIDE 213 213 10 76
GLIMEPIRIDE 206 187 11 35
OMEPRAZOLE 186 164 12 5
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 183 170 13 32
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 177 177 14 12
LOVASTATIN 176 167 15 19
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 171 163 16 23
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 169 157 S3 17 7
TRAMADOL HCL 150 134 18 22
CITALOPRAM HBR 141 134 19 60
ALLOPURINOL 138 132 20 28
GEMFIBROZIL 134 119 21 70
FUROSEMIDE 129 107 22 10
GABAPENTIN 128 123 23 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 121 105 24 59
PIROXICAM 120 112 25 140
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 113 26 9
TAMSULOSIN HCL 110 110 27 25
ATENOLOL 102 102 28 8
ZETIA 97 84 29 88
RANITIDINE HCL 89 89 30 44
CLONAZEPAM 86 83 31 178
FENOFIBRATE 84 55 32 57
LORAZEPAM 83 82 33 183
GALANTAMINE HBR 74 74 34 197
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 68 55 35 201
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 66 62 36 71
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 66 63 36 118
DIGOXIN 65 65 38 52
WARFARIN SODIUM 65 65 38 21
ESTAZOLAM 63 54 40 209
VYTORIN 61 61 41 211
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 61 61 41 155
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 58 58 43 17
ADVAIR DISKUS 55 53 44 38
ESTRADIOL 54 44 R 45 133
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 54 48 45 102
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 51 47 47 34
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.