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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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29,674Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 45 out of 6645

$2.02M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 78 out of 6645

805 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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

12% of this provider’s 805 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 28,637 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

40% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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 1,299 1,254 1 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 1,134 1,106 2 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 1,038 1,002 3 12
METFORMIN HCL 942 913 4 7
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 929 899 5 14
GABAPENTIN 856 840 6 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 849 819 7 20
DIOVAN 739 727 8 19
OMEPRAZOLE 737 680 9 6
RANITIDINE HCL 586 575 10 51
LIDODERM 555 541 11 53
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 551 538 12 81
TAMSULOSIN HCL 520 506 13 22
BENICAR 487 487 14 84
BENAZEPRIL HCL 476 450 15 21
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 447 447 16 287
CELEBREX 410 403 17 54
SERTRALINE HCL 410 410 17 43
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 406 385 19 26
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 385 379 20 17
PROAIR HFA 385 376 20 32
SINGULAIR 358 350 22 76
LOVASTATIN 355 344 23 15
GLIMEPIRIDE 307 292 24 47
LOVAZA 302 288 25 68
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 292 286 26 24
JANUVIA 280 270 27 38
ATENOLOL 265 226 28 8
ACTONEL 257 242 29 92
LIPITOR 254 243 30 69
ALLOPURINOL 253 251 31 31
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 243 241 32 29
MEGESTROL ACETATE 239 239 R 33 104
SPIRIVA 229 216 34 65
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 216 206 35 97
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 211 203 36 55
CRESTOR 210 210 37 34
CLOPIDOGREL 206 195 38 36
EXFORGE 199 199 39 155
AVODART 189 185 40 99
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 184 173 41 9
LISINOPRIL 179 167 42 3
ADVAIR DISKUS 179 171 42 45
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 176 176 44 66
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 169 135 45 139
EXELON 168 168 46 149
SIMVASTATIN 166 160 47 1
PLAVIX 165 156 48 49
ZETIA 162 154 49 87
MECLIZINE HCL 153 153 50 122
PATANOL 151 148 51 131
CARVEDILOL 150 150 52 25
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 148 137 53 128
LOPERAMIDE 141 139 54 281
DONEPEZIL HCL 140 138 55 27
FUROSEMIDE 136 136 56 11
FLOVENT HFA 134 128 57 293
PREDNISONE 133 123 58 57
WARFARIN SODIUM 131 130 59 16
NEXIUM 129 129 60 40
ACARBOSE 125 118 61 211
CROMOLYN SODIUM 122 122 62 331
PEN NEEDLE 122 104 62 159
FAMOTIDINE 120 111 64 33
VESICARE 119 116 65 148
AZITHROMYCIN 117 110 66 44
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 117 117 66 13
VOLTAREN 115 113 68 108
FELODIPINE ER 114 106 69 105
ZOSTAVAX 113 97 70 115
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 112 108 71 4
NASONEX 110 110 72 126
AZOR 106 106 73 152
GEMFIBROZIL 105 105 74 96
ULORIC 105 105 74 227
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 101 101 76 237
CLONIDINE HCL 95 95 77 56
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 94 94 78 147
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 91 85 79 120
PROCTOZONE-HC 90 90 80 243
AMOXICILLIN 90 88 80 107
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 83 77 82 67
PATADAY 83 83 82 183
WELCHOL 82 78 84 199
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 79 79 85 28
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 77 76 S3 86 5
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 77 74 S3 86 80
ADACEL 75 61 88 212
CLONIDINE 75 75 88 308
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 74 73 90 228
NAPROXEN 74 72 90 88
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 73 60 92 179
NAMENDA 72 72 93 41
ATELVIA 71 71 94 91
SINGLE USE SWAB 71 71 94 350
GLIPIZIDE 69 53 96 23
ALCOHOL SWABS 67 60 97 319
DEXILANT 67 67 97 102
COLCRYS 64 62 99 192
LUNESTA 64 64 99 287
DIOVAN HCT 62 62 101 64
ENABLEX 60 47 102 301
VIAGRA 60 60 102 335
SYMBICORT 59 57 104 153
TRICOR 59 49 104 138
PRIMIDONE 59 59 104 372
TRAMADOL HCL 58 55 107 30
FINASTERIDE 58 58 107 73
BONIVA 57 57 109 191
LYRICA 57 57 109 127
MOMETASONE FUROATE 55 50 111 292
TEKTURNA 55 53 111 264
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 55 55 111 187
EVISTA 55 55 111 90
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 54 36 115 316
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 52 49 116 171
BYSTOLIC 52 52 116 110
NOVOFINE 32 50 44 118 509
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 50 49 118 177
NIFEDIPINE ER 50 50 118 82
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 Dec. 27, 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.