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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Gastroenterology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,449Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 992

$1.5M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 992

215 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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

2% of this provider’s 7,830 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

71% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 33%.

Prescription Price

$178 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $139 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 4.


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
NEXIUM 809 758 1 4
CREON 506 454 2 16
CARAFATE 418 407 10 3 69
ZENPEP 349 331 10 4 44
CRESTOR 334 317 5 45
ATELVIA 314 304 6 79
EVISTA 305 305 7 70
WELCHOL 295 290 8 84
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 226 182 9 18
URSODIOL 216 177 10 34
OMEPRAZOLE 201 187 11 1
DEXILANT 185 174 12 5
CELEBREX 166 147 13 36
BENICAR 154 154 14 88
ACTONEL 151 137 15 75
VOLTAREN 139 135 16 86
DICYCLOMINE HCL 135 99 17 24
LOVAZA 128 105 18 53
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 122 121 19 10
MEGACE ES 120 120 R 20 134
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 108 93 21 17
ADVAIR DISKUS 106 92 22 102
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 106 93 22 31
AMITIZA 104 104 24 43
HECTOROL 103 102 25 210
ACIPHEX 83 68 26 40
ONGLYZA 81 81 27 140
SUCRALFATE 77 70 28 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 76 55 29 2
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 71 66 30 11
CLOPIDOGREL 70 70 31 41
COLESTIPOL HCL 70 56 31 143
PROCTOSOL-HC 65 51 33 106
METFORMIN HCL 64 64 34 20
VIREAD 64 40 34 27
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 63 63 36 97
GLIMEPIRIDE 62 62 37 118
ATENOLOL 62 62 37 29
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 59 47 39 76
DONEPEZIL HCL 59 59 39 57
GLYBURIDE 58 58 R 41 91
BONIVA 57 57 42 109
ACARBOSE 57 57 42 252
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 57 57 42 54
BUSPIRONE HCL 54 54 45 261
ALLOPURINOL 50 36 46 71
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 9, 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.