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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,337Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1836 out of 6645

$437K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1448 out of 6645

299 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%Patients 65 Years and Older
2% 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

5% of this provider’s 299 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 299 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 6,258 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

37% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 232 229 1 4
SYNTHROID 218 212 2 79
SIMVASTATIN 207 207 3 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 185 183 4 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 126 126 5 29
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 124 124 6 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 121 121 7 17
OMEPRAZOLE 118 118 8 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 104 104 9 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 97 97 10 24
FUROSEMIDE 93 93 11 11
LISINOPRIL 93 93 11 3
DIOVAN 88 88 13 19
ALLOPURINOL 84 81 14 31
WARFARIN SODIUM 80 71 15 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 77 77 16 28
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 76 76 S3 17 5
MIRTAZAPINE 74 74 18 70
ATENOLOL 72 72 19 8
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 71 71 20 86
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 69 69 21 101
LIPITOR 68 68 22 69
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 68 68 22 2
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 66 62 24 14
GABAPENTIN 66 66 24 18
ZETIA 64 61 26 87
TAMSULOSIN HCL 63 63 27 22
AZITHROMYCIN 63 59 27 44
SEROQUEL 63 63 27 208
AVODART 62 62 30 99
LEXAPRO 61 61 31 218
METFORMIN HCL 61 61 31 7
TRAMADOL HCL 59 59 33 30
DIGOXIN 59 59 33 59
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 57 57 35 20
NAMENDA 54 54 36 41
TRAZODONE HCL 52 52 37 60
ADVAIR DISKUS 52 52 37 45
PREDNISONE 52 52 37 57
LEVETIRACETAM 52 52 37 119
AVAPRO 51 51 41 493
SERTRALINE HCL 50 50 42 43
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. 26, 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.