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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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29,047Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 51 out of 6645

$1.53M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 133 out of 6645

1,054 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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

2% of this provider’s 1,054 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 1,054 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 23,292 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,789 1,541 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 1,489 1,215 2 1
METFORMIN HCL 1,379 1,102 3 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 1,363 1,140 4 12
OMEPRAZOLE 998 806 5 6
GABAPENTIN 829 673 6 18
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 735 578 7 4
CARVEDILOL 670 560 8 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 664 581 9 9
RAMIPRIL 649 566 10 118
TRAMADOL HCL 626 492 11 30
FUROSEMIDE 521 415 12 11
LISINOPRIL 449 351 13 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 422 333 14 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 418 372 15 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 396 308 16 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 395 250 S3 17 5
FENOFIBRATE 392 268 18 74
BENAZEPRIL HCL 375 270 19 21
GLYBURIDE 346 305 R 20 58
DIOVAN 321 290 21 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 315 248 22 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 299 251 23 16
ATENOLOL 283 244 24 8
LOVASTATIN 254 216 25 15
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 251 193 26 55
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 248 157 27 26
PROAIR HFA 238 159 28 32
PAROXETINE HCL 225 204 29 72
ACTOS 218 184 30 71
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 216 189 31 28
SERTRALINE HCL 212 164 32 43
ONGLYZA 197 167 33 168
CYMBALTA 192 137 34 78
GLIMEPIRIDE 187 156 35 47
DONEPEZIL HCL 184 184 36 27
TERAZOSIN HCL 177 172 37 48
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 171 141 38 20
CLOPIDOGREL 170 154 39 36
INSULIN SYRINGE 165 132 40 61
HUMULIN 70-30 164 136 41 328
ADVAIR DISKUS 160 137 42 45
MELOXICAM 147 107 43 46
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 146 107 44 67
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 143 123 45 29
FAMOTIDINE 139 115 46 33
NIASPAN 129 74 47 164
TRAZODONE HCL 127 83 48 60
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 119 109 49 304
LANTUS 112 94 50 50
NAPROXEN 111 59 51 88
GLIPIZIDE 108 86 52 23
JANUVIA 107 98 53 38
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 106 85 54 17
DIGOXIN 105 99 55 59
PLAVIX 103 94 56 49
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 103 81 R 56 184
CLONIDINE HCL 96 70 58 56
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95 79 59 62
BENICAR 94 83 60 84
AZITHROMYCIN 93 67 61 44
SPIRIVA 93 76 61 65
FINASTERIDE 93 85 61 73
NAMENDA 93 93 61 41
NEXIUM 86 69 65 40
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 84 73 66 86
ALLOPURINOL 81 58 67 31
AVODART 78 67 68 99
WELCHOL 78 54 68 199
DIOVAN HCT 78 72 68 64
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 77 49 71 347
LANSOPRAZOLE 77 51 71 163
NOVOLIN 70-30 76 70 73 309
VENTOLIN HFA 76 60 73 146
NITROSTAT 73 64 75 193
PROMETHAZINE VC 73 51 R 75 444
PROPRANOLOL HCL 72 52 77 151
LYRICA 70 35 78 127
VESICARE 70 61 78 148
JANUMET 70 52 78 132
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 70 70 78 200
LIPITOR 65 46 82 69
CITALOPRAM HBR 65 53 82 35
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 65 53 82 101
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 64 42 R 85 157
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 64 56 85 66
CEPHALEXIN 63 51 87 111
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 62 48 88 121
PEN NEEDLE 61 46 89 159
ULORIC 60 47 90 227
NASONEX 60 56 90 126
TRICOR 59 48 92 138
DILTIAZEM ER 58 58 93 182
MECLIZINE HCL 58 52 93 122
FLOVENT HFA 58 39 93 293
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 58 47 93 81
VYTORIN 56 52 97 170
BYSTOLIC 55 46 98 110
TERBINAFINE HCL 55 43 98 471
KLOR-CON 10 53 51 100 145
LEVETIRACETAM 53 30 100 119
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 53 40 100 97
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 53 38 S3 100 80
CILOSTAZOL 52 52 104 202
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 51 48 105 179
ZETIA 50 23 106 87
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 50 37 106 116
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 Dec. 15, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.