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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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31,743Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 38 out of 6645

$3.07M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 32 out of 6645

672 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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

3% of this provider’s 672 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 672 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 30,787 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

53% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$97 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

47 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
NEXIUM 1,068 1,030 1 40
LIDODERM 1,054 1,022 2 53
CRESTOR 985 942 3 34
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 735 717 4 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 732 717 5 24
DIOVAN 720 711 6 19
JANUVIA 607 599 7 38
CELEBREX 601 596 8 54
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 547 543 9 17
CLONIDINE HCL 504 493 10 56
DIOVAN HCT 502 496 11 64
SIMVASTATIN 469 454 12 1
TRAMADOL HCL 466 423 13 30
NAMENDA 449 438 14 41
VOLTAREN 449 441 14 108
METFORMIN HCL 423 416 16 7
FUROSEMIDE 422 410 17 11
GLIMEPIRIDE 388 380 18 47
TAMSULOSIN HCL 367 355 19 22
GABAPENTIN 365 353 20 18
OMEPRAZOLE 353 345 21 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 350 333 22 4
VESICARE 345 340 23 148
CYMBALTA 331 319 24 78
ADVAIR DISKUS 327 310 25 45
NASONEX 321 294 26 126
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 310 307 27 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 306 299 S3 28 5
CARVEDILOL 300 299 29 25
ATENOLOL 299 283 30 8
AVODART 296 296 31 99
IBUPROFEN 282 258 32 42
PLAVIX 281 280 33 49
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 279 279 34 66
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 262 251 S3 35 80
NITROSTAT 258 257 36 193
LOVAZA 254 236 37 68
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 252 248 38 10
BENAZEPRIL HCL 244 223 39 21
SINGULAIR 238 223 40 76
DONEPEZIL HCL 238 237 40 27
CLOPIDOGREL 238 238 40 36
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 233 228 43 86
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 227 227 44 13
PROAIR HFA 220 206 45 32
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 213 210 46 62
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 208 201 47 28
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 207 193 48 75
MECLIZINE HCL 194 193 49 122
MELOXICAM 193 193 50 46
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 193 188 50 97
ALLOPURINOL 190 190 52 31
LYRICA 188 187 53 127
CREON 187 187 54 114
PATANOL 185 185 55 131
LIPITOR 177 175 56 69
AMITIZA 173 170 57 245
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 172 167 58 128
ACTOS 163 162 59 71
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 154 144 R 60 157
NIFEDIPINE ER 153 153 61 82
ACTONEL 151 138 62 92
ZETIA 149 149 63 87
LEXAPRO 148 146 64 218
ACIPHEX 147 144 65 167
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 147 146 65 26
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 144 136 67 9
ALCOHOL SWABS 140 138 68 319
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 139 136 69 109
WARFARIN SODIUM 137 133 70 16
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 130 130 71 55
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 130 130 71 29
BENICAR 129 129 73 84
EXELON 128 128 74 149
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 117 112 75 12
PAROXETINE HCL 115 115 76 72
KLOR-CON 8 114 110 77 123
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 113 113 78 81
SERTRALINE HCL 112 109 79 43
LANSOPRAZOLE 112 112 79 163
BYSTOLIC 108 104 81 110
GLYBURIDE 106 103 R 82 58
KETOCONAZOLE 104 104 83 196
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 102 98 84 20
FLECTOR 101 101 85 230
PROCTOZONE-HC 99 98 86 243
CLONIDINE 98 98 87 308
LANTUS 97 91 88 50
LISINOPRIL 97 92 88 3
COREG CR 92 78 90 242
DETROL LA 92 92 90 260
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 90 82 92 147
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 88 88 93 250
CLOTRIMAZOLE 85 85 94 312
RANITIDINE HCL 83 82 95 51
HUMALOG 83 82 95 137
SPIRIVA 82 67 97 65
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 81 72 98 177
FLUOCINONIDE 80 80 99 130
AZITHROMYCIN 80 77 99 44
NITROLINGUAL 79 79 101 496
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 79 73 101 116
ENABLEX 77 65 103 301
LEVOFLOXACIN 76 70 104 83
SURE COMFORT 75 71 105 358
TOPROL XL 75 75 105 665
COMBIVENT 75 67 105 174
CICLOPIROX 73 73 108 402
DEXILANT 73 72 108 102
RAMIPRIL 72 72 110 118
PROPRANOLOL HCL 72 71 110 151
LAMOTRIGINE 71 68 112 284
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 69 67 113 289
SOLARAZE 69 62 113 394
COLCRYS 65 65 115 192
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 63 63 R 116 184
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 62 51 117 306
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 61 57 118 67
TRICOR 59 59 119 138
BENICAR HCT 58 54 120 158
HYDROCORTISONE 56 55 121 229
ALCOHOL PREP PADS 56 55 121 330
SYNTHROID 54 54 123 79
VYTORIN 53 53 124 170
NITROGLYCERIN 53 53 10 124 633
SPIRONOLACTONE 51 51 126 85
TRAZODONE HCL 51 51 126 60
ARICEPT 50 50 128 442
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 Feb. 10, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.