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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,916Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 209 out of 1571

$763K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 104 out of 1571

234 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
48%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% 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

18% of this provider’s 234 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 1,896 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$155 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $99 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 339 133 1 2
RENVELA 289 102 2 57
FUROSEMIDE 211 122 3 7
SENSIPAR 177 39 4 87
CLONIDINE HCL 174 41 5 45
CARVEDILOL 174 73 5 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 166 49 7 13
HYDRALAZINE HCL 165 69 8 82
RENAGEL 158 40 10 9 262
NIFEDIPINE ER 154 41 10 78
SIMVASTATIN 154 63 10 1
OMEPRAZOLE 118 32 12 4
FOSRENOL 112 0 10 13 267
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 107 26 14 116
BENAZEPRIL HCL 102 50 15 32
GLIPIZIDE 90 25 16 53
LABETALOL HCL 82 25 17 210
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 73 36 18 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 71 29 19 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 67 32 20 23
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 63 29 S3 21 3
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 62 30 S3 22 105
CALCIUM ACETATE 56 21 23 139
LISINOPRIL 56 27 23 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 51 23 25 17
IBUPROFEN 51 19 25 44
LANTUS 50 0 27 65
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 Feb. 11, 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.