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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,013Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1560 out of 6645

$797K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 501 out of 6645

214 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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

8% of this provider’s 214 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 6,636 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

64% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$114 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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
CRESTOR 430 405 1 34
CARVEDILOL 408 372 2 25
ATELVIA 289 279 3 91
BENICAR 279 260 4 84
NEXIUM 211 198 5 40
AZOR 205 175 6 152
LIDODERM 190 186 7 53
TRILIPIX 168 156 8 178
AVODART 145 137 9 99
TAMSULOSIN HCL 139 125 10 22
EXELON 128 123 11 149
CELEBREX 123 107 12 54
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 119 118 13 2
RANITIDINE HCL 119 115 13 51
VESICARE 116 110 15 148
PLAVIX 103 91 16 49
PROAIR HFA 102 96 17 32
PATADAY 95 95 18 183
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 95 94 18 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 90 90 20 29
EDARBI 89 86 10 21 430
KOMBIGLYZE XR 83 83 22 297
NAMENDA 82 82 23 41
BENAZEPRIL HCL 81 75 24 21
ACTONEL 76 76 25 92
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 73 73 26 17
LOVAZA 72 72 27 68
EXFORGE 70 68 28 155
MEGACE ES 65 65 R 29 382
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 61 54 30 10
ACTOS 60 60 31 71
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 60 53 31 55
SYMBICORT 60 60 31 153
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 59 59 34 4
DIOVAN 58 55 35 19
TRAMADOL HCL 57 55 36 30
PROCTOZONE-HC 54 54 37 243
AZITHROMYCIN 53 48 38 44
DEXILANT 51 51 39 102
GABAPENTIN 51 47 39 18
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 Feb. 22, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.