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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,110Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 796 out of 6645

$877K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 418 out of 6645

365 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
82% 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

6% of this provider’s 365 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

6% of this provider’s 9,577 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

45% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$87 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 459 414 1 2
EVISTA 285 285 2 90
NEXIUM 264 248 3 40
ACTONEL 231 226 4 92
JANUVIA 229 225 5 38
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 227 214 6 62
LIDODERM 223 219 7 53
OMEPRAZOLE 214 209 8 6
SIMVASTATIN 213 213 9 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 192 182 10 13
METFORMIN HCL 192 184 10 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 191 172 12 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 189 189 13 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 177 174 14 22
ATENOLOL 175 160 15 8
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 169 162 R 16 95
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 165 159 17 12
MELOXICAM 160 158 18 46
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 153 150 19 17
CELEBREX 151 134 20 54
LOVAZA 145 140 21 68
CREON 142 142 22 114
DIOVAN 138 138 23 19
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 133 133 24 4
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 130 121 25 55
JANUMET 122 112 26 132
CLOPIDOGREL 122 115 26 36
DIOVAN HCT 121 107 28 64
GLYBURIDE 119 109 R 29 58
HYDROXYZINE HCL 115 101 R 30 161
PROMETHAZINE HCL 110 109 R 31 219
TRAMADOL HCL 108 88 32 30
DEXILANT 96 92 33 102
SINGULAIR 86 86 34 76
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 83 78 35 81
AZITHROMYCIN 81 76 36 44
PLAVIX 79 74 37 49
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 78 66 38 24
LYRICA 78 65 38 127
FLECTOR 75 75 40 230
DONEPEZIL HCL 74 74 41 27
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 73 73 42 143
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 62 47 S3 43 5
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 62 50 43 177
LISINOPRIL 58 46 45 3
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 57 57 46 147
GLIPIZIDE 56 52 47 23
CRESTOR 55 55 48 34
NASONEX 55 53 48 126
LEVOFLOXACIN 54 53 50 83
CARVEDILOL 53 53 51 25
PREDNISONE 52 50 52 57
BENAZEPRIL HCL 52 52 52 21
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. 6, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.