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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,786Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 162 out of 6645

$1.35M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 176 out of 6645

310 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% 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

12% of this provider’s 310 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 17,869 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

43% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$68 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 748 668 1 2
METFORMIN HCL 670 570 2 7
CRESTOR 635 582 3 34
FUROSEMIDE 607 577 4 11
LIDODERM 447 425 5 53
ATENOLOL 437 399 6 8
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 421 412 7 62
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 413 386 8 17
GLIMEPIRIDE 394 335 9 47
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 394 381 9 24
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 377 343 11 4
NEXIUM 360 354 12 40
DIOVAN HCT 358 341 13 64
ADVAIR DISKUS 323 287 14 45
SIMVASTATIN 316 286 15 1
JANUVIA 302 246 16 38
OMEPRAZOLE 284 231 17 6
LISINOPRIL 281 239 18 3
VOLTAREN 269 254 19 108
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 267 244 20 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 265 241 21 22
SPIRONOLACTONE 251 230 22 85
NAPROXEN 239 200 23 88
LIPITOR 235 225 24 69
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 221 209 25 13
DIOVAN 215 200 26 19
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 214 214 27 66
TRAMADOL HCL 206 180 28 30
FENOFIBRATE 205 187 29 74
SPIRIVA 188 152 30 65
DEXILANT 186 173 31 102
CLONIDINE HCL 184 172 32 56
IBUPROFEN 184 154 32 42
NITROSTAT 182 179 34 193
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 179 179 35 14
MIRTAZAPINE 173 159 36 70
CELEBREX 171 170 37 54
PROPRANOLOL HCL 170 153 38 151
ALLOPURINOL 165 145 39 31
RANITIDINE HCL 151 131 40 51
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 149 137 S3 41 5
TRICOR 149 146 41 138
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 145 145 43 29
CITALOPRAM HBR 136 125 44 35
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 135 125 45 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 126 126 46 27
LOVASTATIN 125 105 47 15
GABAPENTIN 124 99 48 18
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 119 107 49 222
GLIPIZIDE 118 118 50 23
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 117 107 51 20
ACIPHEX 114 99 52 167
SINGULAIR 114 98 52 76
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 110 82 54 9
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 110 91 54 109
PLAVIX 102 94 56 49
AVODART 100 99 57 99
LEXAPRO 99 97 58 218
ACTOS 99 89 58 71
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 96 96 60 97
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 95 89 61 55
DETROL LA 95 83 61 260
VESICARE 93 93 63 148
CYMBALTA 92 91 64 78
PAROXETINE HCL 92 92 64 72
CLOPIDOGREL 90 90 66 36
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 89 89 67 75
LOVAZA 86 74 68 68
BENICAR HCT 82 69 69 158
BYSTOLIC 80 80 70 110
JANUMET 77 61 71 132
MELOXICAM 77 54 71 46
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 77 69 71 86
MECLIZINE HCL 76 69 74 122
CREON 74 65 75 114
LANTUS 72 52 76 50
FAMOTIDINE 70 70 77 33
NASONEX 69 63 78 126
PATANOL 68 64 79 131
LEVOXYL 66 45 80 136
NAMENDA 63 63 81 41
SYNTHROID 62 51 82 79
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 61 31 83 81
CARVEDILOL 60 45 84 25
PROAIR HFA 58 53 85 32
LANSOPRAZOLE 56 55 86 163
BENAZEPRIL HCL 55 30 87 21
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 55 42 87 128
SERTRALINE HCL 53 53 89 43
EVISTA 53 44 89 90
ALCOHOL SWABS 53 46 89 319
SINGLE USE SWAB 51 44 92 350
TRILIPIX 50 37 93 178
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.