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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,625Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 143 out of 6645

$1.36M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 170 out of 6645

548 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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

11% of this provider’s 548 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 19,677 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

42% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 787 746 1 2
LIDODERM 614 590 2 53
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 579 570 3 10
DIOVAN 499 496 4 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 494 482 5 12
AMPICILLIN TRIHYDRATE 492 480 10 6 327
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 417 407 7 14
LOVAZA 402 390 8 68
NEXIUM 390 378 9 40
OMEPRAZOLE 382 360 10 6
AZITHROMYCIN 376 359 11 44
GLIMEPIRIDE 371 359 12 47
PATANOL 339 335 13 131
CELEBREX 325 318 14 54
METFORMIN HCL 319 291 15 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 302 296 16 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 300 300 17 22
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 287 280 18 147
CRESTOR 283 266 19 34
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 276 265 20 55
ATENOLOL 264 260 21 8
FLUOCINONIDE 234 220 22 130
CEPHALEXIN 230 220 23 111
MELOXICAM 226 216 24 46
BONIVA 212 207 25 191
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 210 205 26 4
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 206 198 27 24
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 202 199 28 66
DONEPEZIL HCL 199 187 29 27
ATELVIA 198 188 30 91
PATADAY 194 183 31 183
LISINOPRIL 193 173 32 3
PLAVIX 189 187 33 49
BENAZEPRIL HCL 189 189 33 21
HYDROXYZINE HCL 177 173 R 35 161
FUROSEMIDE 174 174 36 11
NIFEDIPINE ER 173 165 37 82
CLOPIDOGREL 169 164 38 36
GABAPENTIN 161 157 39 18
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 157 146 40 253
CARVEDILOL 152 147 41 25
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 146 143 42 97
DIOVAN HCT 143 139 43 64
LEVOFLOXACIN 141 130 44 83
LIPITOR 140 140 45 69
ALLOPURINOL 140 130 45 31
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 135 128 S3 47 5
PREDNISONE 133 129 48 57
SINGULAIR 133 118 48 76
AVODART 127 127 50 99
NAPROXEN 127 123 50 88
MEGESTROL ACETATE 127 117 R 50 104
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 125 112 53 67
SOLARAZE 122 114 54 394
SIMVASTATIN 117 110 55 1
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 113 112 56 29
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 109 101 R 57 95
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 104 58 62
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 104 104 59 28
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 86 79 60 214
DEXILANT 85 79 61 102
NOVOLIN R 84 81 62 142
RANITIDINE HCL 84 83 62 51
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 83 78 64 128
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 83 68 64 26
ACTONEL 83 82 64 92
WARFARIN SODIUM 81 34 67 16
ACTOS 79 71 68 71
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 79 72 68 228
NAMENDA 79 79 68 41
MICARDIS 78 78 71 232
FAMOTIDINE 78 77 71 33
VOLTAREN 77 77 73 108
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 77 77 73 112
LANTUS 76 76 75 50
PROCTOZONE-HC 75 74 76 243
CARAC 71 69 77 673
TRAMADOL HCL 70 56 78 30
IBUPROFEN 70 67 78 42
TOBRADEX 68 67 80 616
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 67 65 81 13
SODIUM CHLORIDE 66 64 82 216
AMOXICILLIN 66 65 82 107
TERAZOSIN HCL 65 65 84 48
NASONEX 63 61 85 126
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-HC 61 60 86 604
PROPYLTHIOURACIL 60 60 87 465
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 58 55 88 215
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 57 42 89 289
TOBRAMYCIN-DEXAMETHASONE 55 54 90 458
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-DEXAMETH 54 47 91 390
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 52 52 92 185
RISPERIDONE 51 50 93 93
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 50 50 94 156
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 Nov. 15, 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.