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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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44,852Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 6782

$2.27M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 73 out of 6782

1,285 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92% Patients 65 Years and Older
68% 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

5% of this provider’s 1,285 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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 3,322 3,166 428 10 1 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 2,139 2,079 285 10 2 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 1,969 1,895 300 10 3 14
SIMVASTATIN 1,515 1,464 217 4 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 1,336 1,274 224 5 20
ATENOLOL 1,251 1,229 165 6 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 1,165 1,106 174 7 5
OMEPRAZOLE 1,065 1,012 317 8 7
DIOVAN 1,061 1,050 127 9 26
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 1,015 983 326 10 47
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 752 712 88 11 3
GLIMEPIRIDE 734 729* 93 12 48
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 727 722* 106 13 22
LIDODERM 712 707* 158 14 58
CLOPIDOGREL 707 690 98 15 19
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 691 668 274 16 54
LOVAZA 648 643* 97 17 66
TAMSULOSIN HCL 643 626 102 18 21
NIFEDIPINE ER 612 607* 93 19 80
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 569 545 87 R 20 138
METFORMIN HCL 535 519 74 21 8
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 477 461 124 22 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 459 442 125 23 18
CARVEDILOL 457 452* 66 24 23
CEPHALEXIN 418 384 296 25 109
EVISTA 374 374 49 26 95
GABAPENTIN 364 351 118 27 15
AZITHROMYCIN 354 325 276 28 44
DONEPEZIL HCL 335 335 62 29 31
LORAZEPAM 334 329* 81 B 30 29
MELOXICAM 334 314 159 30 46
BENAZEPRIL HCL 333 313 37 32 27
JANUVIA 318 313* 45 33 40
NEXIUM 311 306* 66 34 39
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 305 286 113 35 24
AFEDITAB CR 289 289 44 10 36 386
FINASTERIDE 282 263 40 37 67
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 282 277* 44 10 37 211
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 270 244 112 39 179
GEMFIBROZIL 260 233 47 40 101
AMOXICILLIN 258 238 191 41 102
FLUOCINONIDE 253 233 117 42 131
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 252 247* 55 43 12
CREON 245 240* 70 44 98
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 243 229 36 45 68
GLIPIZIDE 230 225* 38 46 25
VOLTAREN 230 225* 81 46 84
NIFEDICAL XL 220 215* 34 48 241
ACTONEL 214 209* 37 49 137
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 207 202* 30 R 50 65
ALLOPURINOL 206 201* 37 51 33
PROAIR HFA 202 197* 69 52 34
DEXILANT 196 196 53 53 91
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 192 175 161 54 70
CELEBREX 191 186* 61 55 52
PROCTOZONE-HC 190 185* 68 56 218
FELODIPINE ER 189 177 25 57 118
BENICAR 182 177* 26 58 86
CRESTOR 176 171* 25 59 38
LEVOFLOXACIN 176 171* 141 59 79
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 174 169* 28 61 13
PATANOL 164 152 45 62 163
PATADAY 163 158* 45 63 172
FUROSEMIDE 158 158 26 64 11
CLONIDINE HCL 158 158 54 64 60
NATEGLINIDE 158 158 19 64 212
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 155 155 19 67 192
ZETIA 155 150* 18 67 85
COLCRYS 154 149* 43 69 165
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 153 148* 40 70 202
FAMOTIDINE* 147 142* 35 71 35
NASONEX 143 138* 45 72 120
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 143 138* 76 72 305
LISINOPRIL 142 137* 18 74 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 142 137* 17 74 17
ADVAIR DISKUS 134 122 32 76 49
LANSOPRAZOLE 131 126* 34 77 181
AVODART 128 128 26 78 99
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 126 121* 58 79 200
LOVASTATIN 125 125 18 80 16
MOMETASONE FUROATE 123 118* 48 81 297
VESICARE 122 122 22 82 123
TERAZOSIN HCL 119 114* 18 83 56
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 117 105 17 84 83
VYTORIN 116 116 18 85 205
ACYCLOVIR 112 101 79 86 193
GLIPIZIDE-METFORMIN 109 109 21 87 286
ROPINIROLE HCL 108 103* 30 88 151
MECLIZINE HCL 106 101* 56 89 115
PREDNISONE 105 100* 53 90 57
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 103 98* 17 91 113
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 102 97* 84 92 231
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 101 96* 25 93 30
PROPRANOLOL HCL 101 96* 24 93 143
ZOSTAVAX 101 86 101 93 81
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 100 95* 50 96 180
TRIAZOLAM 97 92* 32 B 97 236
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 96 96 13 98 87
RANITIDINE HCL 96 91* 37 98 55
PREDNISOLONE 93 88* 75 100 645
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 91 11 101 51
HYDROXYZINE HCL 89 84* 32 R 102 187
ULORIC 87 87 13 103 194
ERYTHROMYCIN 84 70 49 104 506
LIDOCAINE 83 78* 39 105 215
HYDROCORTISONE 82 77* 40 106 225
SPIRIVA 79 <11 <11 107 61
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 78 73* 52 S3 108 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 75 <11 <11 109 105
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 74 <11 <11 110 161
CICLOPIROX* 70 65* 33 111 420
AMIODARONE HCL 67 67 11 112 144
SYNTHROID 67 <11 <11 112 63
BACLOFEN 67 62* 37 112 89
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 66 <11 <11 A 115 76
OFLOXACIN 65 60* 49 116 625
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 63 58* 13 117 147
METHIMAZOLE 61 <11 <11 118 317
QVAR 57 52* 31 119 103
TAMIFLU 56 51* 55 120 274
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 <11 <11 121 75
AZELASTINE HCL 54 54 22 122 254
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 54 54 13 122 114
CICLOPIROX* 53 48* 26 124 420
MEGESTROL ACETATE 53 53 27 R 124 121
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 52 <11 <11 126 53
ONGLYZA 51 <11 <11 127 183
BYSTOLIC 50 <11 <11 128 100
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 Jan. 26, 2015.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.