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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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28,857Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 53 out of 6645

$1.8M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 105 out of 6645

794 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%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

11% of this provider’s 794 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 794 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 24,142 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

36% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,122 976 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 904 780 2 11
SIMVASTATIN 739 638 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 710 573 4 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 709 634 5 28
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 608 421 S3 6 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 547 446 7 17
METFORMIN HCL 525 416 8 7
DIOVAN 519 442 9 19
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 499 419 10 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 485 418 11 10
CARVEDILOL 443 372 12 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 400 379 13 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 369 333 14 24
WARFARIN SODIUM 339 287 15 16
NEXIUM 319 282 16 40
DONEPEZIL HCL 316 309 17 27
AZITHROMYCIN 316 265 17 44
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 310 238 19 13
JANUVIA 305 255 20 38
LOVAZA 286 276 21 68
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 282 259 22 29
FAMOTIDINE 276 249 23 33
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 273 245 24 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 269 263 25 14
CLOPIDOGREL 269 240 25 36
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 268 227 27 55
NAMENDA 257 250 28 41
ATENOLOL 249 223 29 8
CRESTOR 246 203 30 34
PLAVIX 236 211 31 49
LISINOPRIL 233 191 32 3
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 222 184 33 67
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 204 130 S2 34 235
GLIPIZIDE 200 182 35 23
MEGESTROL ACETATE 200 195 R 35 104
LIDODERM 198 185 37 53
ALLOPURINOL 197 161 38 31
LANTUS 196 149 39 50
DIOVAN HCT 182 150 40 64
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 182 139 40 112
GABAPENTIN 175 107 42 18
DIGOXIN 174 158 43 59
BYSTOLIC 165 152 44 110
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 158 129 45 120
TRAMADOL HCL 157 131 46 30
BENAZEPRIL HCL 154 123 47 21
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 154 116 47 156
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 153 121 49 129
SERTRALINE HCL 153 144 49 43
ACIPHEX 149 107 51 167
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 146 110 52 9
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 140 121 53 66
KLOR-CON 10 140 117 53 145
GLYBURIDE 139 102 R 55 58
VOLTAREN 130 126 56 108
CELEBREX 129 111 57 54
LIPITOR 128 127 58 69
MELOXICAM 126 125 59 46
HYDRALAZINE HCL 126 112 59 77
HUMULIN R 118 94 61 209
LYRICA 117 97 62 127
PREDNISONE 117 99 62 57
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 116 106 64 62
INSULIN SYRINGE 115 71 65 61
LANSOPRAZOLE 114 109 66 163
SYMBICORT 111 98 67 153
GEMFIBROZIL 104 68 68 96
ACTOS 103 88 69 71
CARISOPRODOL 102 45 R 70 94
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 101 71 71 139
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 100 100 72 116
TERAZOSIN HCL 98 85 73 48
IBUPROFEN 97 57 74 42
VYTORIN 95 80 75 170
CEPHALEXIN 93 76 76 111
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 92 84 77 86
GLIMEPIRIDE 90 76 78 47
NOVOLOG 88 62 79 144
DEXILANT 88 56 79 102
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 87 69 S2 81 124
SANTYL 86 68 82 302
NITROSTAT 85 75 83 193
NOVOLIN R 85 74 83 142
EXFORGE 82 78 85 155
PATANOL 82 82 85 131
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 80 67 87 75
LEVETIRACETAM 80 30 87 119
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 79 79 89 147
LOVASTATIN 78 76 90 15
BONIVA 77 77 91 191
AVODART 77 77 91 99
TRAVATAN Z 74 67 93 342
ADVAIR DISKUS 74 69 93 45
PEN NEEDLE 74 38 93 159
SPIRIVA 73 62 96 65
NASONEX 73 49 96 126
ZETIA 72 67 98 87
LEVOFLOXACIN 71 57 99 83
LACTULOSE 70 52 100 125
SPIRONOLACTONE 70 52 100 85
SODIUM CHLORIDE 69 58 102 216
JANTOVEN 69 69 102 336
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 68 38 S3 104 80
CITALOPRAM HBR 67 58 105 35
FENTANYL 66 45 S2 106 141
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 66 43 106 101
RANITIDINE HCL 64 45 108 51
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 64 46 108 200
AMIODARONE HCL 64 54 108 160
VESICARE 62 58 111 148
EVISTA 61 48 112 90
KLOR-CON 8 61 61 112 123
FINASTERIDE 60 60 114 73
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 60 60 R 114 95
SOTALOL 59 59 116 332
RISPERIDONE 58 58 117 93
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 56 28 118 172
MIRTAZAPINE 56 55 118 70
CEFTRIAXONE 56 37 118 409
BENICAR HCT 55 50 121 158
HYDROXYZINE HCL 55 41 R 121 161
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 55 37 121 344
ABILIFY 54 42 124 204
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 54 50 124 20
PROCRIT 54 54 124 352
CLONIDINE HCL 54 25 124 56
CREON 53 52 128 114
ROPINIROLE HCL 53 48 128 166
AZOR 52 52 130 152
TIMOLOL MALEATE 51 43 131 373
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 51 48 131 175
HUMALOG 51 48 131 137
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 50 44 134 97
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50 35 134 26
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. 8, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.