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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,549Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 73 out of 517

$341K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 122 out of 517

371 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 371 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 9,013 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$36 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 491 490 1 11
METFORMIN HCL 446 384 2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 436 420 3 2
BENAZEPRIL HCL 430 396 4 15
LOVASTATIN 397 361 5 23
ATENOLOL 337 285 6 8
AMOXICILLIN 254 245 7 58
OMEPRAZOLE 248 244 8 3
SIMVASTATIN 216 202 9 1
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 180 168 10 32
CARVEDILOL 179 179 11 26
AMPICILLIN TRIHYDRATE 161 152 12 162
CEPHALEXIN 153 141 13 82
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 132 132 14 12
DIOVAN 131 119 15 20
ACTOS 129 129 16 51
ALLOPURINOL 126 106 17 37
AZITHROMYCIN 126 121 17 41
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 123 112 19 45
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 123 123 19 14
GEMFIBROZIL 120 108 21 80
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 118 112 22 56
LOPERAMIDE 117 110 23 231
GLIMEPIRIDE 117 109 23 35
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 112 110 25 244
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 109 107 26 104
DIGOXIN 109 108 26 79
DIOVAN HCT 105 105 28 31
CRESTOR 103 96 29 27
GABAPENTIN 102 100 30 13
IBUPROFEN 100 91 31 16
PREDNISOLONE ACETATE 98 90 32 269
NIFEDIPINE ER 95 95 33 85
NAPROXEN 90 86 34 42
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 90 90 34 36
TAMSULOSIN HCL 88 88 36 22
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-DEXAMETH 82 78 37 229
LOVAZA 81 81 38 55
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 75 74 39 18
LISINOPRIL 75 63 39 7
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 61 58 41 74
TERAZOSIN HCL 59 59 42 94
MECLIZINE HCL 58 57 43 63
PIROXICAM 57 56 44 299
FUROSEMIDE 56 56 45 9
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 53 53 46 39
FAMOTIDINE 50 50 47 44
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. 9, 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.