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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,884Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2989 out of 6782

$262K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3139 out of 6782

274 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91% Patients 65 Years and Older
5% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in California
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 274 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 274 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in California
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 290 274 54 1 3
LISINOPRIL 217 212* 45 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 187 167 34 3 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 167 156 39 4 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 133 128* 25 5 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 131 126* 19 6 31
SIMVASTATIN 122 117* 22 7 1
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 113 108* 21 8 22
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 100 95* 20 9 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 90 85* 18 10 18
FUROSEMIDE 87 87 20 11 11
LOVASTATIN 87 87 14 11 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 77 72* 18 13 10
CLOPIDOGREL 75 <11 <11 14 19
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 74 74 13 15 14
METFORMIN HCL 73 68* 15 16 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 72 72 14 17 20
NAMENDA 64 64 11 18 36
MELOXICAM 63 58* 19 19 46
FLUOXETINE HCL 61 <11 <11 20 64
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 50* 14 21 12
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 54 49* 12 22 53
WARFARIN SODIUM 51 51 13 23 17
SYNTHROID 51 46* 14 23 63
CARVEDILOL 50 <11 <11 25 23
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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 March 3, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.