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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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42,719Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 6645

$4.33M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 6645

485 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
100% 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

22% of this provider’s 485 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 40,625 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

62% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$101 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

88 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
LIDODERM 1,575 1,499 10 1 53
NEXIUM 1,569 1,502 2 40
CRESTOR 1,249 1,172 3 34
TRAMADOL HCL 1,036 966 4 30
DIOVAN 960 931 5 19
CELEBREX 957 926 6 54
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 890 843 7 10
CREON 811 789 8 114
ATELVIA 803 757 9 91
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 772 715 10 2
BYSTOLIC 744 714 11 110
DIOVAN HCT 667 647 12 64
RANITIDINE HCL 655 622 13 51
VOLTAREN 596 560 14 108
ACIPHEX 548 525 10 15 167
ZETIA 534 510 16 87
NASONEX 497 489 10 17 126
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 489 486 18 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 475 429 S3 19 5
MICARDIS 466 451 10 20 232
ALLOPURINOL 459 436 21 31
DEXILANT 455 403 22 102
GABAPENTIN 437 430 23 18
MELOXICAM 431 377 24 46
CAPTOPRIL 428 412 25 221
ATENOLOL 423 355 26 8
ADVAIR DISKUS 417 387 27 45
MECLIZINE HCL 413 389 28 122
ULORIC 407 405 10 29 227
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 401 370 30 4
SIMVASTATIN 399 368 31 1
METFORMIN HCL 394 382 32 7
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 384 373 33 62
EVISTA 381 379 34 90
CYMBALTA 379 370 35 78
CLONIDINE HCL 375 364 36 56
BENICAR 370 336 37 84
SINGULAIR 356 341 38 76
BACLOFEN 343 333 39 100
LIPITOR 333 329 40 69
FUROSEMIDE 324 296 41 11
BENICAR HCT 319 280 42 158
PLAVIX 307 300 43 49
GLIMEPIRIDE 296 285 44 47
PROAIR HFA 279 255 45 32
ACTONEL 275 265 46 92
JANUMET 262 256 47 132
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 254 254 48 81
JANUVIA 247 236 49 38
VYTORIN 242 242 50 170
NAMENDA 241 241 51 41
CLOPIDOGREL 233 221 52 36
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 232 221 53 86
MICARDIS HCT 229 209 54 299
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 225 215 55 24
OMEPRAZOLE 224 219 56 6
VESICARE 221 200 57 148
PATANOL 217 175 58 131
SPIRIVA 212 200 59 65
LEXAPRO 212 209 59 218
PREMARIN 210 204 R 61 169
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 203 202 62 12
AMITIZA 199 188 63 245
SYMBICORT 193 168 64 153
SYNTHROID 190 178 65 79
TAMSULOSIN HCL 185 182 66 22
ENABLEX 184 178 67 301
TRICOR 182 174 68 138
CARVEDILOL 176 170 69 25
LUNESTA 174 172 70 287
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 173 148 S3 71 80
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 171 168 72 26
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 170 158 73 28
AVODART 159 159 74 99
CILOSTAZOL 157 154 75 202
WARFARIN SODIUM 156 155 76 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 152 151 77 13
FLECTOR 151 151 78 230
FAMOTIDINE 145 133 79 33
LEVOFLOXACIN 142 133 80 83
TEKTURNA 142 142 80 264
URSODIOL 141 138 82 349
LEVOXYL 140 140 83 136
SOLARAZE 138 128 84 394
LYRICA 136 136 85 127
LACTULOSE 136 136 85 125
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 132 127 87 128
AMIODARONE HCL 130 130 88 160
TRILIPIX 127 120 89 178
DONEPEZIL HCL 127 127 89 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 125 123 91 9
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 124 100 92 75
SERTRALINE HCL 124 124 92 43
CLONIDINE 120 120 94 308
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 118 110 95 55
ACTOS 118 118 95 71
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 113 105 97 29
EXELON 111 104 98 149
DALIRESP 110 87 99 408
AZITHROMYCIN 109 96 100 44
NATEGLINIDE 108 108 101 220
NITROSTAT 105 100 102 193
COUMADIN 105 105 102 333
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 104 103 104 121
ROPINIROLE HCL 96 96 105 166
KLOR-CON 8 94 94 106 123
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 94 91 106 66
PROPRANOLOL HCL 92 92 108 151
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 91 91 109 20
LANSOPRAZOLE 89 63 110 163
LOVAZA 89 88 110 68
ONGLYZA 88 88 112 168
CLOTRIMAZOLE 83 76 113 312
PATADAY 82 80 114 183
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 81 81 115 263
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 81 81 115 116
ANTARA 81 79 115 361
KETOCONAZOLE 81 81 115 196
PRANDIN 78 78 119 240
RANEXA 78 78 119 276
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 77 66 121 306
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 74 74 122 97
TWYNSTA 73 66 10 123 669
FLUOCINONIDE 73 65 123 130
WELCHOL 72 72 125 199
PRIMIDONE 71 71 126 372
PREDNISONE 71 70 126 57
IBUPROFEN 70 61 128 42
PROCTOZONE-HC 69 69 129 243
DETROL LA 67 67 130 260
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 65 65 131 250
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 64 50 R 132 117
SPIRONOLACTONE 64 63 132 85
PRADAXA 63 63 134 247
AZOR 63 63 134 152
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 63 63 134 287
FORTICAL 63 63 134 313
NISOLDIPINE 62 56 138 518
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 61 61 139 179
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 59 140 314
BENAZEPRIL HCL 59 59 141 21
ZALEPLON 59 56 141 490
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 55 55 143 101
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 53 53 144 120
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 53 53 144 109
RESTASIS 53 43 144 311
VENTOLIN HFA 52 40 147 146
TERAZOSIN HCL 51 50 148 48
CARISOPRODOL 51 51 R 148 94
DICYCLOMINE HCL 51 51 148 278
METHOTREXATE 50 50 151 217
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. 24, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.