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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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26,848Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 65 out of 6645

$2M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 81 out of 6645

726 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
37%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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

4% of this provider’s 726 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 726 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 10,757 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$74 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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
LISINOPRIL 1,309 526 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 1,216 444 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,197 434 3 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 998 271 4 13
RISPERIDONE 706 247 5 93
OMEPRAZOLE 652 207 6 6
METFORMIN HCL 585 193 7 7
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 550 126 8 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 533 306 9 2
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 480 203 R 10 188
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 370 70 11 273
LEVETIRACETAM 349 77 12 119
TRAZODONE HCL 331 150 13 60
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 302 157 14 101
GABAPENTIN 290 124 15 18
ABILIFY 281 50 16 204
OLANZAPINE 268 110 17 140
IBUPROFEN 264 81 18 42
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 259 91 19 113
PAROXETINE HCL 255 98 20 72
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 251 179 21 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 249 105 22 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 246 113 23 22
CLONIDINE HCL 236 80 24 56
CARBAMAZEPINE 230 71 25 224
WARFARIN SODIUM 227 182 26 16
MIRTAZAPINE 223 130 27 70
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 213 90 R 28 117
ADVAIR DISKUS 201 101 29 45
FAMOTIDINE 200 72 30 33
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 195 80 31 29
LANTUS 184 122 32 50
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 181 73 33 86
DESMOPRESSIN ACETATE 178 23 10 34 480
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 174 125 S3 35 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 172 93 36 27
BUSPIRONE HCL 165 42 37 207
ACTOS 165 44 37 71
LAMOTRIGINE 164 44 39 284
SERTRALINE HCL 161 94 40 43
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 160 46 10 41 447
BENAZEPRIL HCL 159 86 42 21
FLUOXETINE HCL 156 34 43 63
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 154 27 44 121
CARVEDILOL 151 101 45 25
FUROSEMIDE 149 128 46 11
TOPIRAMATE 146 19 47 255
DIOVAN 143 56 48 19
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 142 33 49 172
FINASTERIDE 141 57 50 73
ATELVIA 141 23 50 91
CLOZAPINE 141 73 50 375
LITHIUM CARBONATE 138 55 53 422
ATENOLOL 129 35 54 8
SEROQUEL 127 51 55 208
TERAZOSIN HCL 125 69 56 48
GENERLAC 124 86 57 310
VIMPAT 124 19 57 404
OXCARBAZEPINE 120 22 59 416
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 118 0 60 147
TRAMADOL HCL 117 103 61 30
PROAIR HFA 116 82 62 32
VESICARE 114 44 63 148
HALOPERIDOL 111 49 64 303
PREDNISONE 110 78 65 57
SPIRIVA 109 36 66 65
JANUVIA 106 63 67 38
AMITIZA 106 32 67 245
NEXIUM 105 21 69 40
SINGULAIR 104 38 70 76
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 102 34 71 24
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 101 22 R 72 636
SYNTHROID 99 26 73 79
DIGOXIN 98 77 74 59
CYMBALTA 96 35 75 78
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 95 37 76 17
GEMFIBROZIL 94 28 77 96
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 90 74 78 175
DETROL LA 90 11 78 260
SUBOXONE 89 0 80 367
MEGESTROL ACETATE 89 69 R 80 104
LOVAZA 88 14 82 68
NABUMETONE 88 36 82 190
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 86 44 84 550
PROPRANOLOL HCL 81 48 85 151
OLANZAPINE ODT 80 79 86 526
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 79 66 S3 87 80
NAMENDA 76 44 88 41
VENLAFAXINE HCL 75 14 89 388
CLOPIDOGREL 74 57 90 36
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 71 20 91 28
HUMALOG 69 54 92 137
PEN NEEDLE 69 11 92 159
BACLOFEN 65 14 94 100
RISPERDAL CONSTA 64 30 95 604
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 64 19 95 201
ALLOPURINOL 64 48 95 31
LIPITOR 63 0 98 69
NAPROXEN 63 16 98 88
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 63 31 98 139
PLAVIX 61 44 101 49
LEXAPRO 60 21 102 218
NOVOLOG 60 44 102 144
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 59 32 104 134
PRADAXA 59 41 104 247
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 59 0 104 26
ACTONEL 58 0 107 92
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 57 0 108 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 54 19 109 35
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 53 30 110 67
SEROQUEL XR 53 26 110 343
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 52 16 112 55
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 51 21 113 128
VENTOLIN HFA 50 0 114 146
BUPROPION HCL SR 50 0 114 296
LACTULOSE 50 31 114 125
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 12, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.