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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,843Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1619 out of 6645

$1.06M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 279 out of 6645

188 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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

9% of this provider’s 188 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 5,794 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

52% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$155 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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
FORTEO 238 224 1 280
CARVEDILOL 212 187 2 25
PEN NEEDLE 184 162 3 159
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 156 141 4 2
CYMBALTA 148 107 5 78
OMEPRAZOLE 130 117 6 6
TAMSULOSIN HCL 129 109 7 22
AGGRENOX 126 114 8 282
DEXILANT 125 112 9 102
SIMVASTATIN 115 95 10 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 114 101 11 4
DIOVAN HCT 108 102 12 64
SEROQUEL XR 100 72 13 343
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 96 61 S3 14 5
BENICAR HCT 94 78 15 158
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 90 82 16 10
DIOVAN 84 83 17 19
PRANDIN 84 69 17 240
MICARDIS HCT 81 70 19 299
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 78 74 20 29
EVISTA 77 77 21 90
AVODART 76 65 22 99
SPIRIVA 74 58 23 65
CRESTOR 72 52 24 34
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 72 62 24 67
VICTOZA 2-PAK 70 59 26 466
NAMENDA 70 70 26 41
METFORMIN HCL 70 54 26 7
ONGLYZA 69 53 29 168
NATEGLINIDE 69 65 29 220
LOVAZA 69 62 29 68
AZITHROMYCIN 68 45 32 44
SYMBICORT 68 50 32 153
FUROSEMIDE 67 62 34 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 66 35 9
PATADAY 65 58 36 183
ADVAIR DISKUS 63 54 37 45
HYDRALAZINE HCL 62 44 38 77
DONEPEZIL HCL 61 61 39 27
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 52 40 62
NEXIUM 59 39 40 40
BYSTOLIC 55 46 42 110
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 54 49 43 12
CLOPIDOGREL 54 50 43 36
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.