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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,874Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 710 out of 6645

$563K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 948 out of 6645

392 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
87% 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

11% of this provider’s 392 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 392 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 10,018 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 539 515 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 425 397 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 372 360 3 4
SIMVASTATIN 339 297 4 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 259 247 5 27
METFORMIN HCL 243 205 6 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 224 211 7 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 202 182 8 12
CARVEDILOL 199 175 9 25
LISINOPRIL 192 176 10 3
NAMENDA 190 189 11 41
WARFARIN SODIUM 173 133 12 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 155 153 13 17
DIOVAN 152 139 14 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 150 131 15 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 141 124 16 14
FUROSEMIDE 139 139 17 11
FAMOTIDINE 126 124 18 33
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 123 110 19 28
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 115 103 20 66
GABAPENTIN 109 95 21 18
CLOPIDOGREL 106 103 22 36
MEGESTROL ACETATE 105 105 R 23 104
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 102 23 9
MELOXICAM 103 90 25 46
LOVAZA 102 98 26 68
MIRTAZAPINE 101 94 27 70
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 101 89 27 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 101 90 27 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 97 96 S3 30 5
AZITHROMYCIN 95 91 31 44
FINASTERIDE 94 91 32 73
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 87 78 33 86
NOVOLIN R 86 86 34 142
LEVETIRACETAM 84 61 35 119
GLIPIZIDE 82 43 36 23
CRESTOR 82 82 36 34
ALLOPURINOL 79 64 38 31
AVODART 78 77 39 99
BACLOFEN 78 61 39 100
PLAVIX 77 70 41 49
LIDODERM 76 69 42 53
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 75 75 43 24
TRAMADOL HCL 70 70 44 30
LANTUS 69 59 45 50
ATELVIA 62 62 46 91
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 61 55 47 67
GLYBURIDE 58 58 R 48 58
PREDNISONE 58 57 48 57
LIPITOR 57 50 50 69
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 57 51 50 177
JANUVIA 56 47 52 38
CITALOPRAM HBR 53 53 53 35
ADVAIR DISKUS 53 53 53 45
GLIMEPIRIDE 52 43 55 47
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 51 49 56 55
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 43 57 62
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 May 1, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.