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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Hospitalist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,601Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 96

$328K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 96

333 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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

19% of this provider’s 333 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 333 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 6,003 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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
WARFARIN SODIUM 354 351 1 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 289 263 2 6
LISINOPRIL 263 237 3 2
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 212 207 4 24
FUROSEMIDE 207 200 5 5
SIMVASTATIN 192 162 6 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 185 181 7 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 180 177 S3 8 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 179 167 9 23
GABAPENTIN 171 145 10 11
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 119 101 11 29
MIRTAZAPINE 118 111 12 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 116 113 13 16
LANTUS 115 114 14 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 112 106 15 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 85 70 16 4
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 83 72 S2 17 98
NOVOLOG 83 76 17 60
SERTRALINE HCL 83 65 17 44
ATENOLOL 73 73 20 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 70 58 21 45
HYDRALAZINE HCL 67 44 22 42
NAMENDA 66 65 23 30
RISPERIDONE 65 64 24 34
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 63 63 25 69
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 61 61 26 94
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 60 47 27 37
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 59 57 28 71
SEROQUEL 57 53 29 73
PROMETHAZINE HCL 56 49 R 30 90
OMEPRAZOLE 55 44 31 9
KLOR-CON M10 52 32 32 106
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 July 8, 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.