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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,872Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1290 out of 6645

$165 Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6639 out of 6645

128 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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

16% of this provider’s 128 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 7,532 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$0 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

62 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
CALCIUM 600 + VIT D 353 353 10 1 497
ASPIRIN EC 310 291 2 264
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 266 241 3 2
STOOL SOFTENER 266 266 10 3 417
SIMVASTATIN 246 235 5 1
SENNA LAX 228 228 10 6 536
PAIN RELIEVER 202 202 10 7 549
ATENOLOL 165 165 8 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 163 163 9 35
ASPIR-LOW 162 150 10 399
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 146 129 11 13
VITAMIN D 145 139 12 323
GLIPIZIDE 144 133 13 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 143 134 14 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 142 142 15 22
METFORMIN HCL 141 131 16 7
FUROSEMIDE 137 109 17 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 131 131 18 4
LISINOPRIL 128 110 19 3
TRAMADOL HCL 125 125 20 30
OMEPRAZOLE 106 106 21 6
LOVASTATIN 100 90 22 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 75 63 23 10
CLOPIDOGREL 75 75 23 36
WARFARIN SODIUM 74 74 25 16
DOCUSATE SODIUM 69 68 26 494
FERROUS SULFATE 68 68 27 423
DIGOXIN 68 68 27 59
CALCIUM 500 + VIT D 67 67 29 682
FINASTERIDE 66 66 30 73
NAMENDA 63 63 31 41
GABAPENTIN 61 61 32 18
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 61 61 32 29
FLUOXETINE HCL 59 45 34 63
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 56 35 9
MAPAP 55 54 36 353
CRANBERRY CONCENTRATE 55 55 10 36 719
FAMOTIDINE 54 54 38 33
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 52 42 39 66
TRAZODONE HCL 50 50 40 60
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 Jan. 24, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.