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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Infectious Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,306Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 24 out of 208

$297K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 132 out of 208

238 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
31% 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

17% of this provider’s 238 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 4,384 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 43%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $300 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 297 257 1 12
SIMVASTATIN 157 145 2 9
METFORMIN HCL 155 116 3 15
LISINOPRIL 147 104 4 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 146 110 S3 5 3
OMEPRAZOLE 132 85 6 8
FUROSEMIDE 125 119 7 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 121 115 8 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 99 71 9 14
ATENOLOL 92 91 10 22
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 86 86 11 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 79 78 12 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 63 13 19
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 76 36 14 47
CITALOPRAM HBR 73 57 15 40
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 72 67 16 32
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 63 58 17 76
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 60 60 18 121
TRAMADOL HCL 58 38 19 51
ZETIA 55 50 20 222
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 55 36 20 54
SPIRONOLACTONE 54 38 22 71
WARFARIN SODIUM 53 53 23 35
GABAPENTIN 52 52 24 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 52 36 24 20
FLUOXETINE HCL 51 38 26 104
NAMENDA 51 51 26 73
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 31, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.