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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,061Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 384 out of 6645

$1.4M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 158 out of 6645

220 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
99% 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

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,674 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

60% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$99 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

64 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 564 555 1 2
NEXIUM 553 542 2 40
LIDODERM 524 524 3 53
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 508 508 4 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 434 429 5 17
DIOVAN HCT 430 422 6 64
CELEBREX 429 422 7 54
CRESTOR 387 355 8 34
METFORMIN HCL 305 281 9 7
LOVAZA 283 279 10 68
ZETIA 281 280 11 87
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 263 263 12 62
SYNTHROID 260 246 13 79
ATENOLOL 253 236 14 8
NASONEX 235 235 15 126
LIPITOR 221 221 16 69
ACTONEL 221 212 16 92
DIOVAN 218 210 18 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 209 205 19 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 206 193 20 24
SIMVASTATIN 198 187 21 1
ACIPHEX 183 172 22 167
CAPTOPRIL 167 167 23 221
SINGULAIR 152 146 24 76
TRICOR 144 144 25 138
PROAIR HFA 143 138 26 32
DONEPEZIL HCL 134 134 27 27
ADVAIR DISKUS 130 124 28 45
FUROSEMIDE 126 126 29 11
OMEPRAZOLE 122 106 30 6
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 117 117 31 147
ACTOS 117 117 31 71
CREON 115 115 33 114
LEXAPRO 115 114 33 218
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 105 105 35 29
PLAVIX 105 100 35 49
JANUMET 104 104 37 132
NITROSTAT 104 103 37 193
ALLOPURINOL 101 96 39 31
MECLIZINE HCL 99 99 40 122
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 98 90 41 14
JANUVIA 94 93 42 38
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 93 93 43 28
LUNESTA 92 92 44 287
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 89 79 45 86
WARFARIN SODIUM 87 87 46 16
BONIVA 84 83 47 191
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 83 83 48 12
LISINOPRIL 78 69 49 3
ROPINIROLE HCL 78 78 49 166
VOLTAREN 76 76 51 108
CARVEDILOL 76 67 51 25
VESICARE 73 73 53 148
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 73 73 53 4
VYTORIN 70 70 55 170
SPIRIVA 69 69 56 65
NAMENDA 69 69 56 41
FLECTOR 69 69 56 230
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 67 59 9
NITROLINGUAL 67 67 59 496
TEKTURNA 63 63 61 264
TAMSULOSIN HCL 63 63 61 22
CLOPIDOGREL 57 52 63 36
MELOXICAM 57 57 63 46
GLIPIZIDE 56 53 65 23
GABAPENTIN 56 56 65 18
SINGLE USE SWAB 51 50 67 350
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 17, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.