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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,118Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 979 out of 6645

$489K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1203 out of 6645

476 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
24% 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

4% of this provider’s 476 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 476 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 8,036 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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
SIMVASTATIN 340 327 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 337 308 2 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 334 334 3 16
LISINOPRIL 306 268 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 272 197 5 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 267 237 6 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 217 165 S3 7 5
FUROSEMIDE 209 196 8 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 190 174 9 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 173 139 10 10
ATENOLOL 171 155 11 8
BENAZEPRIL HCL 163 155 12 21
DIOVAN 141 141 13 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 138 132 14 22
LOVASTATIN 132 129 15 15
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 131 116 16 52
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 129 112 17 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 128 120 18 20
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 127 124 19 81
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 119 89 20 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 117 101 21 14
PAROXETINE HCL 111 108 22 72
MELOXICAM 107 87 23 46
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 99 95 24 29
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 96 75 25 28
TRAZODONE HCL 94 71 26 60
SERTRALINE HCL 90 60 27 43
GABAPENTIN 86 64 28 18
METFORMIN HCL 85 81 29 7
CRESTOR 82 61 30 34
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 81 48 31 17
MIRTAZAPINE 78 78 32 70
JANUVIA 74 68 33 38
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 73 71 34 66
CARVEDILOL 67 55 35 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 56 36 9
FELODIPINE ER 63 63 37 105
LIPITOR 63 49 37 69
CITALOPRAM HBR 60 59 39 35
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 57 52 40 24
DIGOXIN 55 55 41 59
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 June 18, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.