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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,661Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 134 out of 6969

$1.01M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 134 out of 6969

450 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
20%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 450 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

69% of this provider’s 450 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 3,281 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 2,574 498 S3 1 3
GABAPENTIN 644 128 2 17
BACLOFEN 554 94 3 86
TRAZODONE HCL 376 69 4 47
OMEPRAZOLE 360 95 5 6
SIMVASTATIN 312 67 6 1
IBUPROFEN 307 52 7 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 306 67 8 16
LISINOPRIL 299 70 9 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 286 61 10 5
TRAMADOL HCL 273 63 11 27
PROAIR HFA 242 48 12 33
CYMBALTA 241 29 13 72
METFORMIN HCL 233 44 14 7
MELOXICAM 232 52 15 36
DOXEPIN HCL 231 85 16 319
OXYCODONE HCL 213 41 S2 17 117
ADVAIR DISKUS 200 39 18 45
TIZANIDINE HCL 168 14 19 298
ESTRADIOL 157 0 R 20 124
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 146 14 21 101
ATENOLOL 146 30 21 9
NABUMETONE 142 12 23 209
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 135 13 24 140
CRESTOR 135 18 24 39
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 124 11 26 260
KLOR-CON 8 124 50 26 104
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 119 17 R 28 130
METHADONE HCL 119 22 S2 28 121
FUROSEMIDE 118 36 30 10
XOPENEX HFA 114 18 31 350
SPIRIVA 108 20 32 66
SYMBICORT 108 23 32 149
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 17 34 8
VENTOLIN HFA 103 22 35 125
CARISOPRODOL 99 13 R 36 69
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 97 18 37 11
ALLOPURINOL 97 45 37 35
AZITHROMYCIN 93 20 39 42
BUSPIRONE HCL 92 34 40 187
ABILIFY 92 0 40 173
NIASPAN 91 14 42 146
TOPIRAMATE 89 19 43 217
NEXIUM 88 18 44 52
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 86 24 45 4
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 78 0 46 406
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 75 17 47 13
LANTUS 75 17 47 50
DEXILANT 73 34 49 110
ROPINIROLE HCL 72 25 50 162
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 69 0 51 22
SEROQUEL 68 0 52 205
DICYCLOMINE HCL 68 12 52 317
CARVEDILOL 67 17 54 25
CEPHALEXIN 65 13 55 96
CELEBREX 62 30 56 67
FLUOXETINE HCL 62 14 56 43
PROMETHAZINE HCL 60 21 R 58 203
BUPROPION XL 60 0 58 197
LYRICA 60 12 58 137
METHOCARBAMOL 59 0 R 61 249
LOVAZA 58 0 62 77
SINGULAIR 57 0 63 84
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 57 15 63 169
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 56 0 65 30
RISPERIDONE 55 24 66 88
INSULIN SYRINGE 53 22 67 60
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 51 0 68 150
TRILIPIX 51 0 68 175
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 50 35 70 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 50 21 70 23
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 June 28, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.