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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,262Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 653 out of 6645

$562K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 957 out of 6645

329 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
70% 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

10% of this provider’s 329 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 329 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 9,029 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
SIMVASTATIN 467 417 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 410 342 S3 2 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 391 375 3 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 345 289 4 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 325 290 5 13
OMEPRAZOLE 296 249 6 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 269 231 7 4
FUROSEMIDE 256 183 8 11
GABAPENTIN 243 188 9 18
LISINOPRIL 231 206 10 3
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 213 150 11 156
BENAZEPRIL HCL 207 171 12 21
ATENOLOL 199 185 13 8
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 182 151 14 112
METFORMIN HCL 178 147 15 7
GLIPIZIDE 161 128 16 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 159 135 17 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 151 114 18 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 132 114 19 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 124 113 20 28
ALLOPURINOL 119 117 21 31
FAMOTIDINE 116 66 22 33
DONEPEZIL HCL 104 99 23 27
CLONIDINE HCL 96 64 24 56
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 95 73 25 52
NIFEDIPINE ER 86 77 26 82
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 84 55 27 17
NOVOLIN R 84 67 27 142
HYDRALAZINE HCL 83 33 29 77
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 81 59 30 344
CITALOPRAM HBR 81 76 30 35
MIRTAZAPINE 81 72 30 70
LANTUS 77 64 33 50
CARVEDILOL 75 48 34 25
LEVETIRACETAM 73 42 35 119
SPIRONOLACTONE 72 37 36 85
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 69 49 37 120
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 69 62 37 9
SODIUM CHLORIDE 68 61 39 216
TRAMADOL HCL 66 56 40 30
NAMENDA 64 52 41 41
NEXIUM 61 50 42 40
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 59 50 43 222
TRAZODONE HCL 57 32 44 60
INSULIN SYRINGE 55 37 45 61
PROAIR HFA 54 24 46 32
AZITHROMYCIN 53 41 47 44
GLYCOPYRROLATE 53 31 47 514
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 52 44 49 238
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 50 50 50 129
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. 24, 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.