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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,980Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 132 out of 6645

$1.25M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 208 out of 6645

538 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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 538 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 19,647 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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 1,453 1,352 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 962 904 2 6
METFORMIN HCL 827 763 3 7
PATANOL 756 712 4 131
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 657 622 5 2
MELOXICAM 655 634 6 46
NASONEX 617 577 10 7 126
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 592 540 8 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 535 516 9 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 513 489 10 12
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 388 360 11 55
DIOVAN 355 348 12 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 331 326 13 22
JANUVIA 320 275 14 38
CELEBREX 319 304 15 54
NEXIUM 317 299 16 40
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 315 292 17 26
AZITHROMYCIN 287 269 18 44
ATENOLOL 281 274 19 8
DIOVAN HCT 267 261 20 64
ALLOPURINOL 264 254 21 31
GLYBURIDE 251 231 R 22 58
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 249 235 23 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 246 237 24 24
GABAPENTIN 238 226 25 18
CRESTOR 232 224 26 34
ADVAIR DISKUS 230 217 27 45
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 221 201 28 9
PROAIR HFA 208 207 29 32
AVODART 205 205 30 99
COLCRYS 188 183 31 192
GLIMEPIRIDE 185 167 32 47
LISINOPRIL 176 161 33 3
LIPITOR 173 157 34 69
FUROSEMIDE 165 146 35 11
AMOXICILLIN 163 142 36 107
TERAZOSIN HCL 159 159 37 48
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 147 143 38 52
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 143 143 39 29
MEGESTROL ACETATE 139 138 R 40 104
LOVASTATIN 137 133 41 15
HYDROXYZINE HCL 131 107 R 42 161
LOVAZA 129 113 43 68
DONEPEZIL HCL 128 115 44 27
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 127 118 45 67
BENAZEPRIL HCL 125 119 46 21
FENOFIBRATE 121 110 47 74
IBUPROFEN 119 93 48 42
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 117 114 49 13
CLOPIDOGREL 115 109 50 36
VOLTAREN 111 109 51 108
PLAVIX 109 109 52 49
MECLIZINE HCL 100 89 53 122
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 93 87 54 81
TRAMADOL HCL 91 91 55 30
FLUOCINONIDE 91 88 55 130
GLIPIZIDE 90 89 57 23
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 90 57 62
LACTULOSE 90 75 57 125
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 88 83 60 4
SINGULAIR 88 81 60 76
BACLOFEN 86 83 62 100
ULORIC 86 82 62 227
LIDODERM 86 66 62 53
XOPENEX HFA 80 75 65 345
CLONIDINE HCL 78 78 66 56
LEVOFLOXACIN 75 70 67 83
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 70 69 R 68 157
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 69 62 69 214
FINASTERIDE 67 67 70 73
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 63 63 71 179
RANITIDINE HCL 61 55 72 51
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 61 52 72 28
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 59 59 74 344
HYDRALAZINE HCL 57 51 75 77
ACARBOSE 57 46 75 211
VENTOLIN HFA 56 53 77 146
SERTRALINE HCL 55 55 78 43
KETOCONAZOLE 55 52 78 196
WARFARIN SODIUM 54 45 80 16
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 52 52 81 121
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 52 47 81 128
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 Jan. 7, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.