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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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45,663Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 6782

$3.36M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 31 out of 6782

1,170 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
50% Patients 65 Years and Older
92% 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

18% of this provider’s 1,170 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

43% of this provider’s 1,170 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$74 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 3,215 1,181 476 S3 1 6
CARISOPRODOL 1,959 308 268 R 10 2 111
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,050 610 167 3 3
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 1,040 377 205 4 18
DEXILANT 927 458 317 5 91
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 919 569 204 6 5
ALPRAZOLAM 847 201 122 B 7 37
FUROSEMIDE 790 445 151 8 11
PREDNISONE 644 339 299 9 57
TRAMADOL HCL 635 308 150 10 32
GABAPENTIN 632 305 147 11 15
METFORMIN HCL 628 367 144 12 8
AMITIZA 611 328 287 10 13 177
SIMVASTATIN 609 354 118 14 1
OMEPRAZOLE 589 346 136 15 7
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 487 260 272 16 70
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 456 205 118 17 12
DIAZEPAM 452 89 79 B 18 119
LORAZEPAM 441 191 110 B 19 29
LISINOPRIL 433 286 94 20 4
TAMSULOSIN HCL 429 297 80 21 21
CRESTOR 414 278 91 22 38
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 403 267 85 23 2
IBUPROFEN 387 103 96 24 45
OXYCODONE HCL 381 85 62 S2 25 146
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 378 201 85 26 47
EXFORGE 371 225 74 27 159
TEMAZEPAM 368 146 76 B 28 71
PROAIR HFA 365 137 111 29 34
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 356 194 77 30 22
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 354 208 76 31 75
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 352 151 64 A 32 76
GLIMEPIRIDE 348 205 72 33 48
NEXIUM 336 185 68 34 39
SPIRONOLACTONE 322 187 78 35 88
CLONIDINE HCL 320 156 67 36 60
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 312 187 71 37 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 312 225 66 37 30
AZITHROMYCIN 298 133 200 39 44
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 297 29 59 S2 40 116
ATENOLOL 288 167 66 41 9
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 284 82 65 S2 42 176
TIZANIDINE HCL 283 116 103 43 256
CEPHALEXIN 274 95 130 44 109
NAMENDA 274 260 30 44 36
CLOPIDOGREL 270 176 63 46 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 253 160 50 47 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 244 206 45 48 31
TRAZODONE HCL 244 96 61 48 50
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 239 116 100 50 54
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 234 156 72 51 28
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 230 159 55 52 51
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 225 141 80 53 110
MEGESTROL ACETATE 223 163 73 R 54 121
EXFORGE HCT 213 99 50 10 55 400
SERTRALINE HCL 211 99 40 56 43
DIOVAN 206 150 40 57 26
XARELTO 200 125 53 58 191
LEVETIRACETAM 199 68 33 59 104
CYMBALTA 195 38 42 60 69
MELOXICAM 195 105 46 60 46
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 185 80 34 62 14
LYRICA 183 91 40 63 107
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 182 72 60 64 24
BACLOFEN 179 130 37 65 89
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 177 84 65 66 114
CELEBREX 175 100 45 67 52
HYDROXYZINE HCL 175 65 56 R 67 187
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 174 116 65 69 133
CLONAZEPAM 172 79 30 B 70 78
SUCRALFATE 169 84 50 71 249
ADVAIR DISKUS 168 101 45 72 49
FLUCONAZOLE 168 58 71 72 307
AVODART 168 133 41 72 99
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 167 58 98 75 217
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 165 109 39 76 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 165 102 26 76 42
LEVOFLOXACIN 163 82 101 78 79
ALLOPURINOL 162 66 35 79 33
PAROXETINE HCL 158 98 28 80 77
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 158 44 26 R 80 117
JANUMET 152 93 30 82 129
CARVEDILOL 148 111 35 83 23
LACTULOSE 146 75 42 84 127
GLIPIZIDE 146 73 30 84 25
GEMFIBROZIL 145 87 32 86 101
FLUOXETINE HCL 144 43 30 87 64
BENAZEPRIL HCL 138 69 35 88 27
LEVEMIR 134 89 29 89 235
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 131 80 32 R 90 65
VESICARE 131 62 26 90 123
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 131 45 88 90 432
SYMBICORT 130 54 43 93 141
PREMARIN 127 13 24 R 94 167
FENOFIBRATE* 121 71 24 95 74
RISPERIDONE 120 65 29 A 96 96
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 118 64 38 97 231
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 118 79 32 97 180
METRONIDAZOLE 118 53 67 97 348
DIOVAN HCT 118 65 36 97 222
HYDROMORPHONE HCL* 117 24 28 S2 101 228
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 116 58 76 102 132
AMOXICILLIN 113 18 49 103 102
RANITIDINE HCL 111 85 23 104 55
NAPROXEN 111 54 35 104 92
ACTONEL 109 88 28 106 137
MIRTAZAPINE 107 66 20 107 72
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 106 54 24 108 113
ABILIFY 105 16 27 A 109 156
FAMOTIDINE* 102 78 22 110 35
METHOCARBAMOL 102 33 30 R 110 340
FENTANYL 99 19 18 S2 112 153
BYSTOLIC 94 61 17 113 100
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 94 23 14 113 174
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 91 23 17 115 112
PREMPRO 91 <11 15 R 115 383
LIDODERM 91 46 33 115 58
FENOFIBRATE* 90 53 12 118 74
VANCOMYCIN HCL* 88 36 21 119 360
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 86 50 18 120 87
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 85 46 17 121 211
OXYCONTIN 85 16 11 S2 121 234
VENTOLIN HFA 84 27 27 123 178
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 83 15 27 R 124 175
NOVOLIN R 81 76* 17 125 157
METHADONE HCL 81 <11 <11 S2 125 186
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 81 49 18 125 130
MEDROXYPROGESTERONE ACETATE 79 <11 16 128 563
PROMETHAZINE HCL 78 16 30 R 129 275
SODIUM CHLORIDE* 78 49 26 129 277
KLOR-CON 8 76 49 17 131 136
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 75 39 19 132 20
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 75 20 19 132 53
TRADJENTA 73 21 21 134 171
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 73 53 41 134 245
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 72 34 23 S3 136 93
HUMULIN R 71 60 24 137 257
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 71 66* 25 137 170
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 70 65* 13 139 327
OLANZAPINE 70 41 12 A 139 139
ONDANSETRON HCL* 70 54 35 139 304
LANSOPRAZOLE 70 42 23 139 181
SPIRIVA 66 31 18 143 61
NITROSTAT 65 32 35 144 189
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 64 <11 <11 145 125
VOLTAREN 63 25 21 146 84
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 63 27 14 146 147
EXELON 63 58* 11 146 155
INVANZ 62 39 12 149 603
NOVOLOG 61 16 12 150 134
PIOGLITAZONE-METFORMIN 60 32 13 R 151 283
DIGOX 60 55* 15 151 94
SURE COMFORT* 60 35 13 151 386
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 59 24 16 154 310
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 59 34 12 154 152
SEROQUEL XR 59 <11 <11 A 154 315
FENOFIBRATE* 58 37 18 157 74
PATANOL 58 35 20 157 163
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 25 13 159 203
TOPIRAMATE 57 <11 17 159 226
NYSTATIN 57 27 32 159 204
NOVOLIN 70-30 56 40 15 162 318
NASONEX 55 41 21 163 120
DEXTROSE IN WATER 55 50* 22 163 695
PROPRANOLOL HCL 54 17 11 165 143
AMIODARONE HCL 53 38 13 166 144
CEFTRIAXONE* 53 48* 20 166 364
TERAZOSIN HCL 53 15 11 166 56
INDOMETHACIN 52 20 18 R 169 449
SANTYL 52 41 19 169 280
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 52 <11 <11 R 169 190
SODIUM CHLORIDE* 50 30 29 172 277
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 Feb. 28, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.