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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,591Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 105 out of 6645

$1.35M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 175 out of 6645

617 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
53%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% 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

7% of this provider’s 617 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 617 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 14,551 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

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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 1,194 748 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 802 483 2 6
METFORMIN HCL 519 277 3 7
RISPERIDONE 493 344 4 93
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 449 320 5 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 422 294 6 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 415 231 7 9
BENAZEPRIL HCL 407 234 8 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 399 244 9 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 381 254 10 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 380 355 11 27
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 373 289 12 12
CARVEDILOL 369 257 13 25
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 341 179 S3 14 5
ATENOLOL 334 198 15 8
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 319 252 16 113
FUROSEMIDE 307 240 17 11
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 300 161 18 101
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 274 228 19 156
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 273 184 20 17
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 263 218 21 112
TAMSULOSIN HCL 252 188 22 22
MIRTAZAPINE 246 214 23 70
LISINOPRIL 236 145 24 3
SPIRONOLACTONE 232 210 25 85
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 223 111 R 26 188
FAMOTIDINE 218 118 27 33
GABAPENTIN 216 112 28 18
TRAMADOL HCL 211 115 29 30
SERTRALINE HCL 209 146 30 43
NOVOLIN R 206 156 31 142
NAMENDA 195 180 32 41
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 195 118 32 75
TRAZODONE HCL 187 109 34 60
ADVAIR DISKUS 181 72 35 45
GLIPIZIDE 179 114 36 23
ABILIFY 175 101 37 204
OLANZAPINE 173 84 38 140
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 172 129 39 28
LEVOCARNITINE 171 75 10 40 571
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 163 118 41 29
IBUPROFEN 157 79 42 42
CLONIDINE HCL 148 108 43 56
WARFARIN SODIUM 146 101 44 16
LEVETIRACETAM 145 94 45 119
LAMOTRIGINE 141 73 46 284
MEGESTROL ACETATE 141 118 R 46 104
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 133 96 48 120
SINGULAIR 129 70 49 76
CITALOPRAM HBR 127 91 50 35
HYDRALAZINE HCL 126 88 51 77
LANTUS 125 83 52 50
BACLOFEN 121 50 53 100
HUMULIN R 120 95 54 209
GEMFIBROZIL 119 43 55 96
LACTULOSE 119 58 55 125
PROAIR HFA 118 57 57 32
LEVEMIR 115 82 58 272
NEXIUM 106 67 59 40
SEROQUEL 105 64 60 208
NAPROXEN 91 60 61 88
ACTOS 90 53 62 71
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 89 60 63 14
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 85 85 64 116
PAROXETINE HCL 82 69 65 72
PREDNISONE 81 66 66 57
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 81 41 66 55
CLOPIDOGREL 80 62 68 36
DIGOXIN 79 60 69 59
TOPIRAMATE 74 20 70 255
HALOPERIDOL 74 46 70 303
CRESTOR 73 41 72 34
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 73 36 72 172
OXYCODONE HCL 73 34 S2 72 162
SANTYL 72 58 75 302
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 72 30 S2 75 124
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 68 34 77 26
DIOVAN 66 39 78 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 65 32 79 24
VENTOLIN HFA 61 29 80 146
JANUVIA 61 33 80 38
GENERLAC 61 17 80 310
CARISOPRODOL 60 18 R 83 94
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 60 29 83 134
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 60 52 83 238
LIPITOR 59 36 86 69
PRANDIN 59 47 86 240
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 58 44 88 121
VALPROIC ACID 56 30 89 285
KLOR-CON M20 56 42 89 203
PRADAXA 56 43 89 247
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 55 46 92 200
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 53 35 S2 93 150
AMIODARONE HCL 52 50 94 160
LITHIUM CARBONATE 52 0 94 422
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 51 34 96 20
AVODART 50 26 97 99
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 Aug. 29, 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.