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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,823Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 786 out of 6969

$351K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1208 out of 6969

355 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
22% 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 355 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 355 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 6,483 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
LISINOPRIL 346 304 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 311 288 2 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 303 228 S3 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 299 235 4 6
SIMVASTATIN 278 225 5 1
METFORMIN HCL 221 172 6 7
ATENOLOL 209 190 7 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 163 137 8 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 136 120 9 13
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 136 122 9 58
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 124 95 11 4
GLIPIZIDE 110 87 12 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 103 74 13 11
PAROXETINE HCL 100 90 14 65
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 100 89 14 31
ALLOPURINOL 95 69 16 35
FUROSEMIDE 95 88 16 10
RANITIDINE HCL 94 71 18 46
TAMSULOSIN HCL 93 81 19 23
GABAPENTIN 92 86 20 17
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 92 61 R 20 87
GLYBURIDE 90 69 R 22 54
TRAMADOL HCL 89 85 23 27
LOVASTATIN 89 78 23 15
GEMFIBROZIL 87 38 25 85
ADVAIR DISKUS 86 49 26 45
SERTRALINE HCL 84 49 27 38
TERAZOSIN HCL 77 66 28 49
NAPROXEN 75 71 29 62
CARVEDILOL 70 59 30 25
LEVOXYL 68 65 31 122
BENAZEPRIL HCL 68 36 31 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 62 62 33 32
WARFARIN SODIUM 60 42 34 20
CLOPIDOGREL 55 50 35 48
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 55 49 35 16
PROAIR HFA 54 54 37 33
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.