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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,107Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 125 out of 6969

$1.14M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 114 out of 6969

334 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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 334 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 13,140 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$71 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

48 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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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 818 699 1 1
FAMOTIDINE 536 411 2 37
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 520 469 3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 468 336 4 5
OMEPRAZOLE 351 316 5 6
METFORMIN HCL 313 255 6 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 312 293 7 12
LISINOPRIL 291 218 8 2
FUROSEMIDE 245 220 9 10
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 233 119 R 10 177
OLANZAPINE 230 136 11 139
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 228 217 12 14
RISPERIDONE 223 140 13 88
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 219 142 14 103
MIRTAZAPINE 209 209 15 76
CARVEDILOL 201 167 16 25
DONEPEZIL HCL 198 192 17 32
NAMENDA 197 190 18 51
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 194 159 19 11
BENAZEPRIL HCL 184 150 20 18
DIOVAN 177 175 21 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 173 160 22 23
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 170 134 23 123
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 157 119 24 101
JANUVIA 156 141 25 41
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 150 118 26 30
LACTULOSE 145 79 27 131
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 145 145 27 119
NOVOLIN R 138 83 29 161
CLOZAPINE 137 78 30 309
LEVETIRACETAM 137 110 30 128
HYDRALAZINE HCL 136 110 32 106
ATENOLOL 135 133 33 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 127 65 34 13
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 124 56 35 229
TERBUTALINE SULFATE 117 102 10 36 505
LOVASTATIN 117 112 36 15
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 117 117 36 81
LANTUS 116 95 39 50
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 116 77 39 169
CLOPIDOGREL 112 102 41 48
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 112 80 41 16
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 110 96 43 31
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 108 97 44 136
PLAVIX 106 106 45 68
SUCRALFATE 103 89 46 247
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 97 75 S3 47 3
DIGOXIN 94 94 48 71
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 90 49 8
SERTRALINE HCL 89 84 50 38
RANITIDINE HCL 89 63 50 46
GABAPENTIN 87 64 52 17
URSODIOL 86 70 53 528
CREON 83 83 54 147
EXELON 83 76 54 157
HALOPERIDOL 78 40 56 244
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 76 49 57 179
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 76 72 57 19
NIFEDIPINE ER 75 54 59 95
HUMULIN R 72 53 60 223
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 72 72 60 178
VALPROIC ACID 72 41 60 234
ONGLYZA 70 70 63 164
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 69 64 64 231
SEROQUEL 69 49 64 205
CELEBREX 66 66 66 67
ZETIA 66 66 66 98
NEXIUM 65 62 68 52
DILTIAZEM HCL 65 63 68 342
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 65 65 68 74
LIDODERM 64 64 71 75
CLONIDINE HCL 63 45 72 59
FINASTERIDE 63 63 72 80
CARBAMAZEPINE 63 46 72 204
SPIRIVA 62 61 75 66
GLIPIZIDE 61 53 76 21
NIASPAN 61 48 76 146
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 59 30 78 126
CITALOPRAM HBR 56 45 79 34
TRAZODONE HCL 55 38 80 47
LEVOFLOXACIN 55 46 80 109
MEGESTROL ACETATE 55 55 R 80 129
BUSPIRONE HCL 52 32 83 187
GLYBURIDE 51 48 R 84 54
ALLOPURINOL 50 40 85 35
TRAMADOL HCL 50 41 85 27
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.