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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,068Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 203 out of 6645

$950K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 356 out of 6645

857 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
24% 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

5% of this provider’s 857 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 857 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 15,986 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
SIMVASTATIN 690 572 1 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 690 618 1 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 626 577 3 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 536 472 4 4
CARVEDILOL 529 501 5 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 528 503 6 12
LISINOPRIL 513 472 7 3
OMEPRAZOLE 485 399 8 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 443 393 9 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 388 374 10 14
LOVASTATIN 370 368 11 15
BENAZEPRIL HCL 338 295 12 21
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 329 220 S3 13 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 309 286 14 35
FUROSEMIDE 298 277 15 11
ATENOLOL 290 241 16 8
GLIMEPIRIDE 252 243 17 47
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 247 214 18 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 246 242 19 24
TAMSULOSIN HCL 236 227 20 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 222 217 21 13
METFORMIN HCL 220 215 22 7
ALLOPURINOL 213 180 23 31
WARFARIN SODIUM 213 197 23 16
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 200 179 25 29
TRAMADOL HCL 190 185 26 30
DONEPEZIL HCL 183 181 27 27
RAMIPRIL 157 131 28 118
RANITIDINE HCL 155 138 29 51
GABAPENTIN 152 149 30 18
FINASTERIDE 144 142 31 73
HYDRALAZINE HCL 132 129 32 77
PAROXETINE HCL 131 106 33 72
PEN NEEDLE 120 87 34 159
NAMENDA 114 114 35 41
SPIRIVA 113 97 36 65
PROAIR HFA 110 70 37 32
AZELASTINE HCL 109 101 38 341
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 103 98 39 26
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 103 97 39 28
ADVAIR DISKUS 100 80 41 45
TRILIPIX 99 87 42 178
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 98 66 43 237
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 96 94 44 129
METFORMIN HCL ER 92 92 45 89
MELOXICAM 91 79 46 46
FENOFIBRATE 90 76 47 74
PREDNISONE 88 71 48 57
BENICAR 80 68 49 84
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 77 57 50 316
CLOPIDOGREL 76 73 51 36
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 71 61 52 67
DILTIAZEM ER 71 71 52 182
ROPINIROLE HCL 70 66 54 166
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 69 67 55 52
PROPRANOLOL HCL 69 56 55 151
CLONIDINE HCL 69 51 55 56
IBUPROFEN 69 37 55 42
FAMOTIDINE 68 68 59 33
ACTOS 66 61 60 71
PLAVIX 64 63 61 49
SYMBICORT 64 55 61 153
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 62 45 R 63 157
TRAZODONE HCL 61 56 64 60
FENTANYL 60 55 S2 65 141
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 60 52 65 134
MINOXIDIL 59 56 67 398
OXYCODONE HCL 58 26 S2 68 162
SYNTHROID 58 58 68 79
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 58 58 68 304
KLOR-CON 10 58 58 68 145
HUMALOG 56 42 72 137
CLONIDINE 55 50 73 308
NIASPAN 54 42 74 164
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 54 54 R 74 117
LANTUS 52 46 76 50
FELODIPINE ER 52 52 76 105
TRICOR 52 27 76 138
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 51 32 79 306
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 51 50 S2 79 213
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.