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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Gastroenterology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,252Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 992

$1.8M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 992

1,328 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%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

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 7,632 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

64% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 33%.

Prescription Price

$218 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $139 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

6 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
DEXILANT 1,342 1,255 10 1 5
CREON 861 830 10 2 16
OMEPRAZOLE 761 696 3 1
NEXIUM 749 731 4 4
BARACLUDE 517 462 10 5 23
RANITIDINE HCL 420 396 6 7
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 308 298 7 11
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 297 280 8 2
VIREAD 265 222 10 9 27
AMITIZA 247 245 10 43
ZENPEP 223 211 11 44
MOVIPREP 167 150 12 6
SUCRALFATE 164 135 13 15
PEG-3350 AND ELECTROLYTES 157 135 14 9
PEG 3350-ELECTROLYTE 135 111 15 13
ACIPHEX 113 97 16 40
PROCTOZONE-HC 104 104 17 77
METHOCARBAMOL 91 85 R 18 218
KRISTALOSE 87 87 10 19 108
LACTULOSE 84 72 20 38
MEGESTROL ACETATE 63 56 R 21 82
METRONIDAZOLE 61 56 22 83
LANSOPRAZOLE 51 48 23 28
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 April 3, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.