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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,677Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 125 out of 6645

$1.05M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 287 out of 6645

864 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
34% 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

4% of this provider’s 864 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 864 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 19,076 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,270 1,173 1 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 942 735 S3 2 5
FUROSEMIDE 627 590 3 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 602 550 4 2
SIMVASTATIN 554 514 5 1
METFORMIN HCL 536 488 6 7
LISINOPRIL 494 442 7 3
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 475 390 8 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 432 396 9 13
OMEPRAZOLE 416 360 10 6
PREDNISONE 397 383 11 57
ATENOLOL 390 369 12 8
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 383 360 13 29
LOVASTATIN 326 322 14 15
CLOPIDOGREL 305 294 15 36
CEPHALEXIN 297 256 16 111
TRAMADOL HCL 281 254 17 30
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 273 273 18 52
PLAVIX 268 259 19 49
LEVOFLOXACIN 267 238 20 83
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 254 227 21 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 250 218 22 20
DIGOXIN 227 210 23 59
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 223 203 24 28
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 203 198 25 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 202 202 26 22
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 202 151 26 86
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 191 163 28 185
PROAIR HFA 186 152 29 32
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 184 164 30 67
CARVEDILOL 178 161 31 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 175 148 32 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 174 166 33 27
GLYBURIDE 171 171 R 34 58
GABAPENTIN 166 134 35 18
SPIRONOLACTONE 150 130 36 85
SERTRALINE HCL 147 123 37 43
CEFUROXIME 142 124 38 317
GLIPIZIDE 137 134 39 23
FLUOXETINE HCL 133 116 40 63
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 131 114 41 10
ALPRAZOLAM 127 127 42 195
CELEBREX 122 120 43 54
BENAZEPRIL HCL 120 98 44 21
ACTOS 120 114 44 71
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 118 109 46 177
FLOVENT HFA 118 98 46 293
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115 111 48 37
ALLOPURINOL 107 107 49 31
PREMARIN 104 102 R 50 169
CILOSTAZOL 100 100 51 202
MELOXICAM 99 80 52 46
FLUOCINONIDE 97 84 53 130
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 94 93 54 304
LORAZEPAM 92 85 55 189
RANITIDINE HCL 90 76 56 51
VERAPAMIL ER 89 88 57 154
DICYCLOMINE HCL 88 84 58 278
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 87 87 59 66
IBUPROFEN 86 65 60 42
ROPINIROLE HCL 82 65 61 166
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 81 79 62 24
TEMAZEPAM 80 80 63 269
INSULIN SYRINGE 78 69 64 61
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 76 66 65 143
PAROXETINE HCL 76 61 65 72
ADVAIR DISKUS 75 71 67 45
DIOVAN 74 65 68 19
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 73 61 69 26
GEMFIBROZIL 73 59 69 96
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 72 71 71 75
CARISOPRODOL 72 13 R 71 94
VENTOLIN HFA 71 41 73 146
GLIMEPIRIDE 69 50 74 47
RAMIPRIL 69 69 74 118
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 68 30 76 222
FINASTERIDE 68 68 76 73
LANTUS 66 55 78 50
RISPERIDONE 65 53 79 93
DIOVAN HCT 65 49 79 64
MEGESTROL ACETATE 64 64 R 81 104
CLONIDINE HCL 64 64 81 56
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 63 40 83 120
NIFEDIPINE ER 63 62 83 82
COMBIVENT 61 44 85 174
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 61 27 85 172
LYRICA 59 53 87 127
NAPROXEN 59 58 87 88
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 59 46 87 12
DILTIAZEM ER 59 58 87 182
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 56 48 91 187
NAMENDA 53 53 92 41
TERAZOSIN HCL 52 52 93 48
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 52 47 93 176
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.