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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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30,475Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 57 out of 6782

$2.7M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 55 out of 6782

786 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95% Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 786 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Brand Name Drugs

41% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$89 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,492 1,442 289 1 2
CLOPIDOGREL 1,230 1,200 245 2 19
DIOVAN 1,117 1,105 165 3 26
SIMVASTATIN 855 823 189 4 1
CELEBREX 816 805 220 5 52
AMOXICILLIN 755 729 381 10 6 102
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 714 688 183 7 10
NEXIUM 689 684* 142 8 39
TAMSULOSIN HCL 649 644* 118 9 21
BENICAR 577 550 100 10 86
AZITHROMYCIN 555 534 315 11 44
ATENOLOL 522 501 106 12 9
GEMFIBROZIL 501 496* 103 10 13 101
LORAZEPAM 484 484 134 B 14 29
LIDODERM 475 470* 161 15 58
LOVAZA 466 461* 74 16 66
CRESTOR 463 458* 76 17 38
MELOXICAM 461 450 160 18 46
OMEPRAZOLE 402 382 132 19 7
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 397 392* 106 20 47
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 394 378 74 21 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 384 369 81 22 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 340 335* 54 23 3
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 304 304 86 24 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 301 301 74 25 14
METFORMIN HCL 292 277 55 26 8
GABAPENTIN 284 279* 103 27 15
PROAIR HFA 278 273* 98 28 34
GLIMEPIRIDE 276 264 50 29 48
PREDNISONE 276 271* 147 29 57
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 262 251 144 31 54
JANUVIA 251 251 39 32 40
FUROSEMIDE 244 239* 70 33 11
EVISTA 242 242 38 34 95
PATANOL 239 234* 88 35 163
ACTONEL 236 236 51 36 137
TERAZOSIN HCL 235 230* 46 37 56
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 227 222* 129 38 202
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 223 212 91 39 179
DONEPEZIL HCL 216 216 46 40 31
RANEXA 214 209* 56 41 244
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 212 212 50 42 68
LEVOFLOXACIN 206 201* 139 43 79
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 203 198* 156 44 70
PRANDIN 185 185 34 45 285
LABETALOL HCL 184 179* 42 46 227
ALLOPURINOL 184 170 39 46 33
PLAVIX 181 176* 55 10 48 461
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 180 180 34 R 49 138
AVODART 180 175* 31 49 99
TAMIFLU 166 161* 129 51 274
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 161 156* 69 52 24
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 159 154* 40 53 126
FINASTERIDE 149 144* 29 54 67
CREON 147 147 47 55 98
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 144 128 97 56 180
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 135 130* 34 57 51
TRIAZOLAM 127 127 53 B 58 236
VASCEPA 127 122* 33 58 233
VESICARE 126 121* 20 60 123
CARVEDILOL 126 121* 22 60 23
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 124 119* 90 62 160
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 120 115* 28 63 75
ATELVIA 117 112* 18 64 124
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 117 117 79 S3 64 93
SOTALOL 117 112* 35 64 323
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 114 114 26 67 147
VOLTAREN 111 111 50 68 84
FLUOCINONIDE 111 106* 55 68 131
AZOR 111 111 14 68 149
DIGOX 110 105* 27 71 94
EXFORGE 110 110 13 71 159
ROPINIROLE HCL 108 108 34 73 151
AMIODARONE HCL 104 104 22 74 144
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 99 99 34 75 28
NITROSTAT 98 98 66 76 189
ALCOHOL PADS 97 85 35 77 458
HYDRALAZINE HCL 97 92* 25 77 73
LYRICA 97 97 20 77 107
CYMBALTA 95 90* 24 80 69
MEGESTROL ACETATE 89 89 34 R 81 121
BACLOFEN 88 88 25 82 89
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 87 82* 41 83 30
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 84 79* 28 S3 84 6
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 80 80 15 85 125
NOVOLIN R 79 67 16 86 157
RESTASIS 78 78 23 87 279
SERTRALINE HCL 77 72* 22 88 43
DIOVAN HCT 75 70* 27 89 222
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 75 <11 <11 89 173
EXELON 75 75 15 89 155
MECLIZINE HCL 73 73 49 92 115
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 71 71 14 R 93 65
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 70 65* 45 94 231
PROCTOZONE-HC 69 64* 40 95 218
GLIPIZIDE 69 69 15 95 25
SPIRIVA 68 68 15 97 61
MICARDIS 67 <11 <11 98 282
HYDROXYZINE HCL 63 58* 37 R 99 187
PENTOXIFYLLINE 60 <11 <11 100 412
LACTULOSE 59 54* 34 101 127
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 59 <11 <11 101 13
ADVAIR DISKUS 58 <11 <11 103 49
KETOCONAZOLE 56 51* 31 104 182
ALPRAZOLAM 55 55 13 B 105 37
CEPHALEXIN 55 50* 42 105 109
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 54 <11 <11 107 192
SINGULAIR 54 54 12 107 380
NABUMETONE 54 49* 33 107 199
FAMOTIDINE* 53 53 15 110 35
CEFTRIAXONE* 52 47* 43 111 364
CALCITRIOL 50 <11 <11 112 196
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 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.