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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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33,676Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 28 out of 6645

$967K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 348 out of 6645

914 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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

20% of this provider’s 914 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 30,847 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$29 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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
OMEPRAZOLE 2,413 2,219 1 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 2,016 1,924 2 2
IBUPROFEN 1,249 1,096 10 3 42
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 1,188 1,074 R 10 4 95
SIMVASTATIN 1,062 957 5 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 994 917 6 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 920 884 7 17
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 796 750 8 4
METFORMIN HCL 779 674 9 7
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 753 697 10 14
TRAMADOL HCL 698 616 11 30
LISINOPRIL 617 553 12 3
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 600 549 13 55
NAPROXEN 597 555 10 14 88
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 583 545 15 109
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 561 542 16 37
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 550 518 17 13
HYDROCORTISONE 531 485 10 18 229
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 509 463 10 19 181
ATENOLOL 480 444 20 8
BENAZEPRIL HCL 450 412 21 21
NIFEDIPINE ER 432 404 22 82
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 428 422 23 129
CLOTRIMAZOLE 371 323 24 312
TAMSULOSIN HCL 356 337 25 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 333 319 26 28
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 327 319 27 75
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 326 295 28 9
CARVEDILOL 312 305 29 25
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-DEXAMETH 308 284 30 390
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 308 267 S3 30 80
SURE COMFORT 282 260 32 358
RANITIDINE HCL 266 240 33 51
GABAPENTIN 260 225 34 18
BACLOFEN 259 237 35 100
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 259 233 35 26
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 251 229 37 12
FUROSEMIDE 250 235 38 11
TERAZOSIN HCL 245 234 39 48
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 244 181 S3 40 5
MEGESTROL ACETATE 240 240 R 41 104
DONEPEZIL HCL 238 238 42 27
HUMULIN 70-30 236 218 43 328
DIOVAN 225 207 44 19
NEXIUM 223 201 45 40
LANTUS 220 197 46 50
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 211 183 47 121
GEMFIBROZIL 210 182 48 96
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 199 197 49 62
CILOSTAZOL 199 188 49 202
AMOXICILLIN 197 185 51 107
PROAIR HFA 197 190 51 32
FLUOCINONIDE 187 164 53 130
WARFARIN SODIUM 166 166 54 16
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 157 148 55 67
LORATADINE 155 138 56 250
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 154 154 57 66
DIGOXIN 147 145 58 59
PENTOXIFYLLINE 135 120 59 403
FINASTERIDE 135 125 59 73
NOVOLIN 70-30 127 106 61 309
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 124 113 62 52
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-HYDROCORT 112 101 63 512
DIOVAN HCT 106 106 64 64
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 103 96 65 10
GLYBURIDE 98 85 R 66 58
ADVAIR DISKUS 93 91 67 45
SPIRONOLACTONE 92 78 68 85
VERAPAMIL HCL 89 89 69 519
GLIPIZIDE 89 81 69 23
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 89 65 R 69 157
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 86 66 R 72 117
ALLOPURINOL 84 54 73 31
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 82 66 74 97
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 81 81 75 370
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 80 71 76 29
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 79 79 77 81
LOPERAMIDE 77 73 78 281
ALCOHOL SWABS 77 63 78 319
SERTRALINE HCL 76 72 80 43
FLUOXETINE HCL 75 69 81 63
VERAPAMIL ER 75 64 81 154
MECLIZINE HCL 73 72 83 122
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 72 69 84 177
PLAVIX 72 72 84 49
VOLTAREN 70 55 86 108
AVODART 68 66 87 99
CLOPIDOGREL 67 67 88 36
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 67 55 88 215
NAMENDA 61 61 90 41
CLONIDINE HCL 54 35 91 56
SULINDAC 54 52 91 322
CYMBALTA 51 47 93 78
CEPHALEXIN 51 44 93 111
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.