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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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26,802Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 1571

$1.03M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 57 out of 1571

766 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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

10% of this provider’s 766 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 23,494 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $99 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 1,558 1,379 1 4
METFORMIN HCL 1,211 1,076 2 9
SIMVASTATIN 1,117 945 3 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,021 951 4 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 978 906 5 17
IBUPROFEN 761 661 6 44
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 732 634 7 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 687 608 8 26
BENAZEPRIL HCL 683 581 9 32
GLIMEPIRIDE 673 553 10 70
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 626 589 11 6
ATENOLOL 553 512 12 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 520 456 13 20
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 505 436 14 41
TRAMADOL HCL 460 404 15 31
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 443 393 16 81
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 432 414 17 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 315 280 18 8
GABAPENTIN 307 276 19 12
NAPROXEN 298 249 20 98
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 295 271 21 13
MECLIZINE HCL 277 244 22 162
VIAGRA 268 232 23 394
SERTRALINE HCL 265 212 24 52
METFORMIN HCL ER 263 247 25 108
TAMSULOSIN HCL 256 241 26 11
FINASTERIDE 246 212 27 30
CHLORTHALIDONE 240 220 28 231
LISINOPRIL 234 191 29 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 227 167 S3 30 3
RANITIDINE HCL 214 186 31 85
DIOVAN 213 198 32 19
LOVASTATIN 202 178 33 33
LIPITOR 190 173 34 67
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 190 155 34 233
FUROSEMIDE 181 169 36 7
NASONEX 173 134 37 163
LORATADINE 173 154 37 428
CELEBREX 170 165 39 71
CARVEDILOL 169 166 40 10
JANUVIA 165 145 41 50
CRESTOR 165 149 41 25
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 152 136 43 370
WARFARIN SODIUM 144 124 44 14
INSULIN SYRINGE 134 105 45 124
CLOPIDOGREL 134 108 45 21
ALLOPURINOL 129 103 47 36
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 126 106 48 55
FAMOTIDINE 122 82 49 54
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 118 108 50 93
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 113 94 51 86
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 105 87 R 52 178
SINGULAIR 105 84 52 88
AVODART 100 99 54 40
ATELVIA 99 93 55 138
NOVOFINE 96 95 10 56 543
HYDROXYZINE HCL 96 83 R 56 207
AMITIZA 96 91 56 359
DICYCLOMINE HCL 95 86 59 216
DIOVAN HCT 95 95 59 64
AZITHROMYCIN 94 70 61 58
JANUMET 94 78 61 200
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 94 90 R 61 117
LEVEMIR 93 93 64 338
ALCOHOL SWABS 92 77 65 351
TRAZODONE HCL 92 69 65 74
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 91 78 67 48
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 89 68 77
UNIFINE PENTIPS 89 66 68 550
PREDNISONE 86 76 70 34
METHIMAZOLE 83 63 71 305
GLIPIZIDE 81 68 72 53
LANTUS 81 58 72 65
GEMFIBROZIL 79 64 74 142
PLAVIX 78 60 75 28
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 78 75 S3 75 105
LANSOPRAZOLE 78 65 75 182
CIALIS 74 58 78 575
NITROSTAT 72 69 79 134
ACTOS 71 48 80 92
NEXIUM 69 68 81 39
VICTOZA 3-PAK 69 60 81 314
SYMBICORT 67 58 83 155
DONEPEZIL HCL 67 63 83 24
LOVAZA 65 61 85 90
LYRICA 65 53 85 127
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 65 65 85 135
AMOXICILLIN 61 50 88 192
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 61 55 88 191
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 58 48 90 38
PEN NEEDLE 57 49 91 128
CICLOPIROX 56 45 92 348
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 55 54 93 116
DETROL LA 55 55 93 246
HYDROCORTISONE 54 50 95 255
DEXILANT 53 37 96 91
CYMBALTA 52 32 97 68
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 50 40 98 149
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 50 44 98 27
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.