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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,301Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 647 out of 6645

$592K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 860 out of 6645

544 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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

11% of this provider’s 544 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 10,731 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% 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

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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 786 759 1 2
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 519 501 2 14
SIMVASTATIN 478 461 3 1
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 392 363 4 17
OMEPRAZOLE 367 346 5 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 299 293 6 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 268 261 7 22
METFORMIN HCL 263 228 8 7
ATENOLOL 229 221 9 8
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 220 206 10 55
AZITHROMYCIN 214 202 11 44
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 202 174 12 4
GLIMEPIRIDE 200 186 13 47
ACTOS 192 182 14 71
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 177 172 15 10
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 177 176 15 62
LISINOPRIL 177 150 15 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 171 171 18 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 158 152 19 24
FINASTERIDE 147 147 20 73
NAPROXEN 131 122 21 88
LIDODERM 122 115 22 53
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 113 111 23 20
CLOPIDOGREL 105 96 24 36
GABAPENTIN 100 98 25 18
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 100 94 R 25 95
WARFARIN SODIUM 98 98 27 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 98 96 27 13
DIOVAN 94 80 29 19
FAMOTIDINE 91 90 30 33
PLAVIX 89 83 31 49
GLYBURIDE 88 80 R 32 58
ALLOPURINOL 84 82 33 31
VOLTAREN 81 80 34 108
FLUOCINONIDE 79 77 35 130
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 79 79 35 81
CRESTOR 75 75 37 34
MELOXICAM 74 73 38 46
CELEBREX 68 67 39 54
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 64 64 40 187
FENOFIBRATE 64 52 40 74
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 61 60 R 42 184
NEXIUM 60 60 43 40
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 59 39 S3 44 5
SERTRALINE HCL 59 59 44 43
AMOXICILLIN 58 50 46 107
DIGOXIN 57 57 47 59
JANUVIA 57 57 47 38
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 50 49 9
NAMENDA 56 56 49 41
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 56 56 49 28
CICLOPIROX 55 54 52 402
GEMFIBROZIL 53 49 53 96
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 53 53 S3 53 80
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 53 51 53 263
DIOVAN HCT 52 52 56 64
EVISTA 51 51 57 90
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 Nov. 27, 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.