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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,614Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 83 out of 6645

$1.75M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 112 out of 6645

675 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
84% 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

5% of this provider’s 675 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 23,197 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

$71 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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 1,118 1,073 1 2
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 1,094 1,041 2 14
DIOVAN 658 640 3 19
OMEPRAZOLE 648 606 4 6
SIMVASTATIN 637 619 5 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 634 614 6 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 599 543 7 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 560 537 8 22
JANUVIA 508 458 9 38
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 497 480 10 17
MELOXICAM 479 456 11 46
NAMENDA 452 441 12 41
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 441 416 13 24
ALLOPURINOL 424 373 14 31
ACTONEL 412 412 15 92
METFORMIN HCL 411 367 16 7
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 386 373 17 29
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 381 359 18 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 373 327 19 12
FENOFIBRATE 344 317 20 74
ATENOLOL 342 325 21 8
FINASTERIDE 316 301 22 73
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 308 299 R 23 95
NEXIUM 302 293 24 40
CRESTOR 296 290 25 34
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 291 279 26 20
CLOPIDOGREL 291 290 26 36
CELEBREX 286 280 28 54
EVISTA 274 256 29 90
PLAVIX 272 272 30 49
DIOVAN HCT 249 249 31 64
GABAPENTIN 242 233 32 18
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 235 218 33 62
FUROSEMIDE 224 202 34 11
CLONIDINE HCL 220 203 35 56
TRILIPIX 204 199 36 178
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 195 182 37 66
WARFARIN SODIUM 186 161 38 16
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 181 178 39 222
FLUOCINONIDE 171 150 40 130
BENICAR 169 164 41 84
HYDRALAZINE HCL 164 152 42 77
CARVEDILOL 146 142 43 25
LIPITOR 129 123 44 69
DIGOXIN 118 118 45 59
AMOXICILLIN 117 105 46 107
AZITHROMYCIN 112 102 47 44
AMIODARONE HCL 112 111 47 160
CALCITRIOL 108 94 49 205
NATEGLINIDE 104 100 50 220
MEGESTROL ACETATE 102 102 R 51 104
CILOSTAZOL 102 102 51 202
SINGULAIR 100 92 53 76
ATELVIA 98 97 54 91
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 98 90 54 13
AVODART 96 85 56 99
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 95 95 57 116
NOVOLIN R 94 86 58 142
EXELON 93 93 59 149
NITROSTAT 91 80 60 193
BENICAR HCT 90 60 61 158
NIFEDIPINE ER 90 74 61 82
LOVASTATIN 89 89 63 15
LANTUS 88 70 64 50
NASONEX 85 82 65 126
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 85 82 65 250
VESICARE 84 79 67 148
PATANOL 79 70 68 131
PROCRIT 79 79 68 352
CREON 78 76 70 114
TRICOR 78 78 70 138
GLIMEPIRIDE 76 72 72 47
ADVAIR DISKUS 75 68 73 45
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 74 71 74 67
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 74 74 74 175
LANSOPRAZOLE 74 74 74 163
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 73 73 77 28
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 71 66 78 177
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 71 70 78 55
CITALOPRAM HBR 70 60 80 35
SERTRALINE HCL 68 63 81 43
PROAIR HFA 67 65 82 32
SOTALOL 66 66 83 332
PROCTOZONE-HC 66 62 83 243
JANUMET 64 64 85 132
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 62 61 86 86
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 54 87 37
INSULIN SYRINGE 60 53 87 61
OLANZAPINE 56 56 89 140
BYSTOLIC 56 44 89 110
LIDODERM 55 55 91 53
MIRTAZAPINE 53 53 92 70
FAMOTIDINE 51 51 93 33
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50 47 94 26
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 Sept. 17, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.