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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,742Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 138 out of 6645

$975K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 341 out of 6645

580 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
56%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

6% of this provider’s 580 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 580 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 13,396 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$47 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
OMEPRAZOLE 1,059 660 1 6
SIMVASTATIN 863 506 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 800 543 3 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 769 348 4 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 725 418 5 4
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 717 406 6 24
LISINOPRIL 523 278 7 3
FUROSEMIDE 436 338 8 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 400 294 9 10
DIOVAN 391 347 10 19
METFORMIN HCL 377 159 11 7
KLOR-CON 8 319 211 12 123
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 291 223 S3 13 5
GLIPIZIDE 262 214 14 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 257 167 15 22
MIRTAZAPINE 246 190 16 70
GEMFIBROZIL 226 144 17 96
GABAPENTIN 223 138 18 18
RISPERIDONE 214 155 19 93
IBUPROFEN 204 120 20 42
FAMOTIDINE 204 129 20 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 198 145 22 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 195 100 23 9
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 190 155 24 55
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 190 135 24 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 187 170 26 12
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 186 108 27 75
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 183 70 28 129
DONEPEZIL HCL 179 152 29 27
LANTUS 177 153 30 50
CLONIDINE HCL 176 47 31 56
CARVEDILOL 174 124 32 25
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 166 66 R 33 188
ATENOLOL 147 68 34 8
OLANZAPINE 144 91 35 140
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 143 132 36 14
TRAMADOL HCL 142 114 37 30
INSULIN SYRINGE 131 101 38 61
MEGESTROL ACETATE 130 126 R 39 104
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 129 88 40 121
HYDROXYZINE HCL 121 89 R 41 161
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 119 89 42 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 117 65 43 20
CELEBREX 116 103 44 54
CRESTOR 113 75 45 34
SINGULAIR 111 85 46 76
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 105 53 47 28
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 105 63 47 113
HEPARIN SODIUM 102 94 49 248
NYSTATIN 98 77 50 234
BENAZEPRIL HCL 98 30 50 21
LEVETIRACETAM 96 33 52 119
TRAZODONE HCL 95 76 53 60
PATANOL 93 88 54 131
CLOPIDOGREL 92 83 55 36
HUMALOG 91 84 56 137
LEVOFLOXACIN 91 84 56 83
GLYBURIDE 90 49 R 58 58
AVODART 89 65 59 99
ADVAIR DISKUS 89 45 59 45
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 89 87 59 66
FENOFIBRATE 84 57 62 74
HYDRALAZINE HCL 84 46 62 77
JANUVIA 82 21 64 38
PROPRANOLOL HCL 82 29 64 151
ALLOPURINOL 82 74 64 31
CITALOPRAM HBR 82 63 64 35
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 80 51 68 198
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 80 66 68 101
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 75 48 70 86
SERTRALINE HCL 73 42 71 43
COMBIVENT 71 31 72 174
NAMENDA 71 71 72 41
LACTULOSE 71 37 72 125
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 71 62 S2 72 150
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 70 63 76 109
DIGOXIN 69 44 77 59
PROAIR HFA 69 36 77 32
MELOXICAM 67 58 79 46
LIPITOR 65 36 80 69
ACTOS 63 12 81 71
MECLIZINE HCL 63 62 81 122
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 61 55 83 214
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 60 55 84 179
EVISTA 59 59 85 90
NOVOLOG 57 39 86 144
NEXIUM 55 45 87 40
KLOR-CON 10 55 42 87 145
SPIRIVA 55 54 87 65
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 54 31 90 447
PAROXETINE HCL 54 29 90 72
SPIRONOLACTONE 53 50 92 85
PLAVIX 53 43 92 49
VESICARE 53 53 92 148
LIDODERM 53 53 92 53
RANITIDINE HCL 53 18 92 51
HYDROCORTISONE 52 40 97 229
SYMBICORT 50 47 98 153
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 Aug. 31, 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.