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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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32,643Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 34 out of 6645

$3.98M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 6645

871 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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

2% of this provider’s 871 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 871 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 31,840 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

54% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$122 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
NEXIUM 1,532 1,511 1 40
LIDODERM 1,227 1,201 2 53
CELEBREX 1,208 1,198 10 3 54
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,065 1,047 4 2
CREON 859 856 10 5 114
SIMVASTATIN 734 695 6 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 605 594 7 10
CLOPIDOGREL 594 586 8 36
OMEPRAZOLE 584 572 9 6
DIOVAN HCT 577 562 10 64
MELOXICAM 488 484 11 46
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 468 435 R 12 95
DONEPEZIL HCL 457 457 13 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 456 454 14 22
PLAVIX 450 444 15 49
EVISTA 448 430 16 90
METFORMIN HCL 428 420 17 7
JANUVIA 400 395 18 38
ZENPEP 377 377 10 19 210
EFFIENT 374 374 20 261
SINGULAIR 365 358 21 76
BENICAR HCT 353 342 22 158
ACTONEL 351 350 23 92
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 345 338 24 17
AVODART 340 338 25 99
DIOVAN 321 305 26 19
LEVOFLOXACIN 315 312 27 83
RANITIDINE HCL 279 262 28 51
TRILIPIX 275 271 29 178
MOMETASONE FUROATE 268 256 30 292
CRESTOR 266 244 31 34
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 264 264 32 62
ATENOLOL 260 257 33 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 250 227 34 24
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 250 246 34 128
FUROSEMIDE 243 243 36 11
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 236 236 37 66
PROLIA 230 223 10 38 359
GABAPENTIN 230 216 38 18
LANSOPRAZOLE 225 222 40 163
LYRICA 216 216 41 127
BENICAR 208 208 42 84
RANEXA 201 200 43 276
PREMPRO 196 194 R 10 44 369
KLOR-CON 8 195 195 45 123
CARVEDILOL 186 183 46 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 182 167 47 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 181 167 48 4
VYTORIN 174 173 49 170
ALLOPURINOL 174 170 49 31
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 173 169 S3 51 5
AZOR 170 170 52 152
NAMENDA 165 165 53 41
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 163 163 54 147
ROPINIROLE HCL 163 163 54 166
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 159 159 56 81
DEXILANT 158 156 57 102
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 156 149 58 263
MEGESTROL ACETATE 155 153 R 59 104
CYMBALTA 155 152 59 78
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 153 151 61 120
GEMFIBROZIL 147 115 62 96
URSODIOL 142 141 63 349
LOVAZA 135 134 64 68
LUNESTA 133 133 65 287
VESICARE 133 132 65 148
TRICOR 131 131 67 138
AMOXICILLIN 128 127 68 107
ADVAIR DISKUS 127 120 69 45
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 125 120 70 55
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 122 117 71 14
BYSTOLIC 121 117 72 110
ACTOS 118 105 73 71
VOLTAREN 116 116 74 108
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 116 104 74 97
GLIMEPIRIDE 115 103 76 47
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115 110 76 314
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 114 109 78 13
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 106 106 79 214
ZETIA 104 87 80 87
HYDROXYZINE HCL 104 101 R 80 161
LIPITOR 104 103 80 69
IBUPROFEN 100 84 83 42
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 97 97 84 29
EXELON 96 96 85 149
AZITHROMYCIN 96 91 85 44
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 96 95 S3 85 80
LACTATED RINGERS 95 93 10 88 515
DICYCLOMINE HCL 95 94 88 278
SUPRAX 95 92 10 88 406
SYMBICORT 94 94 91 153
TAMIFLU 88 87 92 334
SPIRIVA 88 88 92 65
ACIPHEX 86 86 94 167
RIVASTIGMINE 86 86 94 363
GLYBURIDE 85 85 R 96 58
TRAMADOL HCL 84 84 97 30
DIGOXIN 82 82 98 59
BONIVA 81 81 99 191
RAPAFLO 79 79 100 246
FAMOTIDINE 78 75 101 33
FLUOCINONIDE 77 75 102 130
CEPHALEXIN 76 74 103 111
BACLOFEN 75 69 104 100
ONGLYZA 75 75 104 168
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 75 75 104 228
NIFEDIPINE ER 73 71 107 82
CILOSTAZOL 73 73 107 202
FENOFIBRATE 71 68 109 74
CARISOPRODOL 70 68 R 110 94
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 70 70 110 52
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 69 69 112 175
WARFARIN SODIUM 68 65 113 16
HYDROCORTISONE 68 65 113 229
ZOVIRAX 67 64 115 528
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 67 67 115 215
PREMARIN 67 54 R 115 169
EXFORGE 64 64 118 155
NAPROXEN 64 64 118 88
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 63 120 9
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 61 60 121 67
FAMCICLOVIR 60 60 10 122 696
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 59 59 123 200
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 59 59 123 109
MEGACE ES 58 56 R 125 382
ZAFIRLUKAST 54 54 126 543
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 54 46 R 126 184
TRIBENZOR 53 53 128 257
LANTUS 53 53 128 50
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 53 52 128 241
ULTRA COMFORT 52 52 131 460
FLUOXETINE HCL 52 52 131 63
AMIODARONE HCL 51 51 133 160
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. 6, 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.