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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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33,496Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 31 out of 6645

$2.79M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 44 out of 6645

414 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
99% 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

19% of this provider’s 414 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 31,803 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

$83 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

81 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
DIOVAN HCT 906 871 1 64
NEXIUM 903 841 2 40
TRAMADOL HCL 751 690 3 30
CRESTOR 700 676 4 34
DIOVAN 639 623 5 19
IBUPROFEN 611 559 6 42
FUROSEMIDE 582 553 7 11
CLONIDINE HCL 572 556 8 56
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 555 548 9 24
OMEPRAZOLE 544 525 10 6
MECLIZINE HCL 532 532 11 122
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 526 500 12 17
LOVAZA 497 465 13 68
TAMSULOSIN HCL 478 465 14 22
ROPINIROLE HCL 476 455 15 166
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 468 458 16 13
LIDODERM 462 433 17 53
DONEPEZIL HCL 460 447 18 27
ADVAIR DISKUS 453 408 19 45
SIMVASTATIN 441 405 20 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 428 414 21 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 413 396 22 14
LANTUS 410 375 23 50
PLAVIX 386 368 24 49
GLIMEPIRIDE 363 342 25 47
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 361 319 S3 26 5
CARVEDILOL 350 311 27 25
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 345 337 28 66
CLOPIDOGREL 322 315 29 36
ABILIFY 307 285 30 204
GABAPENTIN 304 296 31 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 302 281 32 97
SINGULAIR 297 284 33 76
VOLTAREN 296 291 34 108
NAMENDA 294 286 35 41
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 292 268 36 55
CELEBREX 291 276 37 54
METFORMIN HCL 283 267 38 7
COMBIVENT 273 240 39 174
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 267 262 40 4
ATENOLOL 265 231 41 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 262 262 42 16
NIFEDIPINE ER 237 230 43 82
BENAZEPRIL HCL 236 219 44 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 233 222 45 2
MELOXICAM 230 225 46 46
JANUVIA 229 214 47 38
JANUMET 227 227 48 132
DIGOXIN 221 221 49 59
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 213 203 50 86
LIPITOR 211 204 51 69
CYMBALTA 205 196 52 78
INSULIN SYRINGE 198 193 53 61
EXELON 196 194 54 149
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 196 182 R 54 95
DEXILANT 188 187 56 102
AZITHROMYCIN 185 173 57 44
ZETIA 184 184 58 87
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 178 166 59 29
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 167 158 60 147
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 157 153 61 250
AVODART 157 135 61 99
ACIPHEX 157 157 61 167
ACTOS 156 153 64 71
AMIODARONE HCL 153 153 65 160
PROAIR HFA 152 146 66 32
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 150 136 67 128
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 148 147 68 28
VYTORIN 145 143 69 170
KLOR-CON 8 145 137 69 123
VESICARE 144 137 71 148
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 139 128 72 370
SERTRALINE HCL 138 136 73 43
ALCOHOL SWABS 137 110 74 319
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 132 132 75 101
CITALOPRAM HBR 131 129 76 35
ALCOHOL PREP PADS 122 118 77 330
PROPRANOLOL HCL 120 120 78 151
NAPROXEN 114 104 79 88
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 111 111 80 116
PATANOL 109 106 81 131
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 108 100 S3 82 80
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 106 94 83 62
TEKTURNA 105 97 84 264
DETROL LA 103 103 85 260
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 103 89 85 120
NIFEDICAL XL 100 100 87 295
HYDRALAZINE HCL 99 87 88 77
RAMIPRIL 98 98 89 118
BUSPIRONE HCL 98 83 89 207
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 94 92 91 314
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 94 81 91 175
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 94 86 91 12
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 92 92 94 109
FAMOTIDINE 92 83 94 33
LEXAPRO 89 86 96 218
BONIVA 89 82 96 191
LISINOPRIL 87 73 98 3
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 87 87 98 75
HYDROXYZINE HCL 84 81 R 100 161
NOVOLOG 82 81 101 144
SPIRIVA 82 78 101 65
OLANZAPINE 77 77 103 140
ALLOPURINOL 77 77 103 31
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 77 74 103 121
BUMETANIDE 77 77 103 267
LEVOFLOXACIN 77 73 103 83
ACTONEL 76 76 108 92
CLONIDINE 74 74 109 308
LACTULOSE 72 67 110 125
SUCRALFATE 72 68 110 256
MICARDIS HCT 72 72 110 299
HYDROCORTISONE 71 69 113 229
GLYBURIDE 70 66 R 114 58
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 70 63 114 20
NATEGLINIDE 70 70 114 220
LANSOPRAZOLE 67 63 117 163
PAROXETINE HCL 67 63 117 72
ARICEPT 67 64 117 442
MEGESTROL ACETATE 66 66 R 120 104
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 65 65 121 179
SYMBICORT 65 54 121 153
CREON 65 65 121 114
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 64 40 124 306
SPIRONOLACTONE 62 62 125 85
FENOFIBRATE 62 60 125 74
MICARDIS 62 62 125 232
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 61 58 R 128 157
PROCTOZONE-HC 60 50 129 243
MUPIROCIN 60 59 129 294
CILOSTAZOL 58 58 131 202
VENTOLIN HFA 57 57 132 146
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 57 57 R 132 184
DICYCLOMINE HCL 56 30 134 278
COLCRYS 56 56 134 192
FLUOCINONIDE 56 56 134 130
SURE COMFORT 56 48 134 358
TERAZOSIN HCL 55 55 138 48
KETOCONAZOLE 54 52 139 196
PROMETHAZINE HCL 54 51 R 139 219
SEROQUEL 53 53 141 208
NITROSTAT 53 47 141 193
NASONEX 53 50 141 126
COREG CR 52 52 144 242
EXFORGE 51 51 145 155
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.