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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,091Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1957 out of 6645

$2.56M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 51 out of 6645

167 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
10%Patients 65 Years and Older
80% 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

14% of this provider’s 167 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

30% of this provider’s 167 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 511 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

56% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$420 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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
NORVIR 562 34 1 133
TRUVADA 464 29 2 135
PREZISTA 338 13 3 194
EPZICOM 238 31 4 223
ISENTRESS 196 0 5 173
REYATAZ 189 19 6 197
GABAPENTIN 159 0 7 18
ATRIPLA 128 15 8 254
LISINOPRIL 119 13 9 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 111 12 10 20
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 110 11 S3 11 5
VIREAD 96 0 12 259
INTELENCE 91 0 13 305
METFORMIN HCL 87 0 14 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 78 21 15 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 77 0 16 17
VALACYCLOVIR 73 0 17 271
ANDROGEL 72 0 S3 18 279
ACYCLOVIR 68 0 19 206
OMEPRAZOLE 67 0 20 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 18 21 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 62 0 22 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 62 0 22 2
TRAZODONE HCL 61 16 24 60
BENAZEPRIL HCL 60 13 25 21
TRICOR 59 18 26 138
SUSTIVA 56 12 27 413
LOPERAMIDE 56 0 27 281
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 55 0 29 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 51 0 30 24
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.