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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,067Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 807 out of 6645

$260K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3028 out of 6645

380 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
64% 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

25% of this provider’s 380 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 8,326 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$26 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
SIMVASTATIN 577 428 1 1
LISINOPRIL 547 456 2 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 507 387 S3 3 5
METFORMIN HCL 424 301 4 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 377 290 5 9
ATENOLOL 358 351 6 8
FUROSEMIDE 358 331 6 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 353 265 8 2
OMEPRAZOLE 291 236 9 6
GLYBURIDE 271 224 R 10 58
NIFEDIPINE ER 244 220 11 82
NAPROXEN 237 185 12 88
BENAZEPRIL HCL 226 179 13 21
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 214 169 S3 14 80
IBUPROFEN 180 144 15 42
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 176 147 16 52
LOVASTATIN 162 162 17 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 146 132 18 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 144 122 19 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 138 115 20 13
FELODIPINE ER 132 119 21 105
CARVEDILOL 125 125 22 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 121 104 23 28
GLIPIZIDE 106 100 24 23
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 101 101 25 4
CLOPIDOGREL 100 95 26 36
NIFEDIAC CC 87 78 27 231
PROAIR HFA 85 72 28 32
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 81 79 29 66
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 80 71 30 20
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 76 65 31 26
HYDROXYZINE HCL 70 64 R 32 161
FLUOCINONIDE 65 63 33 130
PLAVIX 59 53 34 49
ACTOS 58 45 35 71
LABETALOL HCL 57 44 36 226
ALLOPURINOL 57 47 36 31
RAMIPRIL 55 51 38 118
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 53 49 39 346
LORAZEPAM 51 51 40 189
TRAMADOL HCL 50 46 41 30
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 Sept. 11, 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.