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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,739Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 856 out of 6645

$569K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 927 out of 6645

492 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
38% 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

6% of this provider’s 492 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 492 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 8,525 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 503 450 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 403 339 2 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 388 362 3 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 348 320 4 4
METFORMIN HCL 321 265 5 7
LISINOPRIL 317 280 6 3
CARVEDILOL 310 285 7 25
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 264 228 S3 8 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 252 244 9 9
FUROSEMIDE 210 187 10 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 198 177 11 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 169 131 12 13
DIOVAN 149 137 13 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 126 102 14 35
TAMSULOSIN HCL 121 101 15 22
ATENOLOL 120 119 16 8
SPIRIVA 116 111 17 65
ALLOPURINOL 114 108 18 31
RAMIPRIL 113 73 19 118
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 112 110 20 29
BENAZEPRIL HCL 111 109 21 21
LOVASTATIN 107 99 22 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 102 92 23 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 98 89 24 16
GABAPENTIN 92 64 25 18
FENOFIBRATE 89 78 26 74
JANUVIA 81 66 27 38
ADVAIR DISKUS 74 57 28 45
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 71 47 R 29 157
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 70 59 30 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 69 61 31 24
CLOPIDOGREL 69 57 31 36
AVODART 69 54 31 99
NAMENDA 67 67 34 41
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 65 52 35 17
PROAIR HFA 64 59 36 32
SYMBICORT 61 55 37 153
TRICOR 60 59 38 138
IBUPROFEN 60 56 38 42
PLAVIX 59 48 40 49
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 58 51 41 67
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 57 53 42 66
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 56 39 43 26
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 54 47 44 134
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 52 52 45 14
TRILIPIX 52 45 45 178
FINASTERIDE 51 43 47 73
PREDNISONE 50 41 48 57
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 50 47 48 20
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 May 18, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.