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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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29,182Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 49 out of 6645

$2.23M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 67 out of 6645

578 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 578 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 27,398 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

46% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$76 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

50 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
ATELVIA 1,319 1,259 10 1 91
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 1,046 1,006 2 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 939 917 3 27
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 934 866 4 2
SIMVASTATIN 913 851 5 1
LIDODERM 667 615 6 53
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 643 602 7 12
LIVALO 595 576 10 8 274
NAMENDA 491 481 9 41
OMEPRAZOLE 486 456 10 6
METFORMIN HCL 480 450 11 7
JANUVIA 461 459 12 38
LEVOFLOXACIN 458 424 13 83
LOVAZA 451 415 14 68
ALLOPURINOL 441 426 15 31
MELOXICAM 398 393 16 46
CRESTOR 373 361 17 34
ATENOLOL 372 336 18 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 361 349 19 17
DIOVAN 329 286 20 19
VOLTAREN 319 311 21 108
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 312 296 22 55
TAMSULOSIN HCL 306 305 23 22
CELEBREX 302 265 24 54
NEXIUM 300 260 25 40
BENAZEPRIL HCL 284 263 26 21
GABAPENTIN 274 252 27 18
HYDROCORTISONE 266 249 28 229
AZITHROMYCIN 264 237 29 44
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 259 248 30 62
GLIPIZIDE 259 241 30 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 256 231 32 10
PATADAY 253 234 33 183
AVODART 240 232 34 99
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 239 229 35 120
BONIVA 235 230 36 191
SINGULAIR 223 201 37 76
CARVEDILOL 206 185 38 25
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 204 196 39 4
IBUPROFEN 203 184 40 42
CLOPIDOGREL 194 178 41 36
FLUOCINONIDE 191 176 42 130
ZETIA 186 165 43 87
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 186 166 43 81
PLAVIX 184 167 45 49
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 175 149 46 20
CEPHALEXIN 175 165 46 111
PROAIR HFA 170 165 48 32
FENOFIBRATE 165 143 49 74
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 165 158 49 24
BENICAR 164 164 51 84
ROPINIROLE HCL 161 160 52 166
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 157 156 53 109
CALCITRIOL 150 146 54 205
TRILIPIX 148 140 55 178
PATANOL 143 135 56 131
WARFARIN SODIUM 143 142 56 16
ADVAIR DISKUS 141 132 58 45
DIOVAN HCT 140 129 59 64
GLIMEPIRIDE 137 132 60 47
VESICARE 137 135 60 148
NIFEDIPINE ER 137 131 60 82
MECLIZINE HCL 137 134 60 122
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 135 134 64 147
PREDNISONE 132 122 65 57
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 131 124 66 9
CREON 126 117 67 114
EXELON 123 123 68 149
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 119 106 69 228
HYDROXYZINE HCL 119 100 R 69 161
FINASTERIDE 118 113 71 73
FUROSEMIDE 113 100 72 11
RAPAFLO 112 108 73 246
RESTASIS 109 101 74 311
EVISTA 106 97 75 90
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 106 98 75 128
PEN NEEDLE 96 84 77 159
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 95 94 78 129
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 94 91 79 176
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 93 93 80 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 93 91 80 28
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 93 93 80 200
SERTRALINE HCL 90 85 83 43
TOBRAMYCIN-DEXAMETHASONE 89 86 84 458
DEXILANT 89 84 84 102
ACTOS 89 89 84 71
AFEDITAB CR 86 85 87 386
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 85 77 88 214
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 83 72 89 66
GLYBURIDE 82 82 R 90 58
PROCTOZONE-HC 79 75 91 243
FORTEO 78 78 92 280
NASONEX 77 67 93 126
FLECTOR 77 76 93 230
NATEGLINIDE 75 75 95 220
DICYCLOMINE HCL 75 58 95 278
SODIUM CHLORIDE 71 71 97 216
MUPIROCIN 70 63 98 294
MIRTAZAPINE 69 69 99 70
DIGOXIN 64 64 100 59
ULORIC 64 63 100 227
CYMBALTA 64 63 100 78
COMBIVENT 63 63 103 174
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-DEXAMETH 63 60 103 390
LIPITOR 62 62 105 69
MEGACE ES 60 59 R 106 382
ACTONEL 59 59 107 92
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 58 57 R 108 157
URSODIOL 58 57 108 349
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 57 57 110 29
MEGESTROL ACETATE 56 56 R 111 104
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 56 53 111 112
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 56 46 111 346
LYRICA 55 42 114 127
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 54 54 115 253
ALCOHOL SWABS 54 54 115 319
CEFTRIAXONE 53 52 117 409
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 53 51 117 233
GEMFIBROZIL 51 37 119 96
TRICOR 51 51 119 138
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. 11, 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.