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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,304Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1474 out of 6645

$504K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1146 out of 6645

376 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
28% 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

7% of this provider’s 376 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

30% of this provider’s 376 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 6,659 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 563 460 S3 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 312 288 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 279 273 3 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 222 208 4 10
FUROSEMIDE 197 169 5 11
LISINOPRIL 187 169 6 3
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 186 166 7 17
OMEPRAZOLE 185 178 8 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 171 167 9 2
METFORMIN HCL 155 142 10 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 154 154 11 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 118 107 12 28
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 117 114 13 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 116 99 14 29
ATENOLOL 106 88 15 8
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 101 98 16 14
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 100 77 S2 17 124
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 95 87 18 175
CITALOPRAM HBR 88 82 19 35
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 87 81 20 9
GABAPENTIN 82 78 21 18
LOVASTATIN 82 79 21 15
TERAZOSIN HCL 75 72 23 48
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 73 65 24 24
TAMSULOSIN HCL 73 57 24 22
ADVAIR DISKUS 66 66 26 45
CLOPIDOGREL 61 61 27 36
PREMARIN 57 33 R 28 169
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 55 48 29 12
SPIRIVA 54 54 30 65
PLAVIX 51 49 31 49
SERTRALINE HCL 51 51 31 43
CARVEDILOL 50 46 33 25
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 March 29, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.