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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,498Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 221 out of 6782

$1.43M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 189 out of 6782

796 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92% Patients 65 Years and Older
86% 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

11% of this provider’s 796 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$73 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 1,210 1,145 279 1 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 965 948 225 2 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 813 776 195 3 5
SIMVASTATIN 775 747 194 4 1
METFORMIN HCL 577 520 151 5 8
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 519 514* 149 6 14
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 512 484 240 7 24
FUROSEMIDE 443 427 114 8 11
GABAPENTIN 439 411 162 9 15
DIOVAN 435 430* 75 10 26
LOVASTATIN 380 361 81 11 16
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 379 351 91 12 87
PROAIR HFA 374 355 149 13 34
OMEPRAZOLE 340 317 140 14 7
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 340 335* 146 14 47
GLIMEPIRIDE 315 297 80 16 48
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 294 282 79 17 22
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 241 226 66 18 51
AVODART 224 219* 38 19 99
CLOPIDOGREL 222 217* 57 20 19
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 216 198 89 21 126
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 201 196* 69 22 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 195 182 51 23 31
JANUVIA 195 190* 44 23 40
GEMFIBROZIL 183 178* 53 25 101
SPIRIVA 175 170* 56 26 61
VOLTAREN 172 167* 71 27 84
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 170 157 65 28 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 168 163* 51 29 21
ZOSTAVAX 166 161* 164 30 81
BENICAR 154 154 23 31 86
LISINOPRIL 151 146* 43 32 4
LOVAZA 142 137* 33 33 66
MELOXICAM 137 132* 88 34 46
SYMBICORT 136 124 67 35 141
TRAMADOL HCL 136 125 71 35 32
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 132 117 27 37 106
FELODIPINE ER 131 115 36 38 118
FINASTERIDE 129 124* 42 39 67
CROMOLYN SODIUM 126 121* 71 40 313
CRESTOR 123 118* 23 41 38
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 121 116* 26 42 3
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 111 106* 80 43 54
TRIAZOLAM 108 108 39 B 44 236
RAPAFLO 106 101* 25 45 219
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 105 100* 27 46 68
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 104 104 23 47 195
NOVOFINE 32 98 93* 30 48 450
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 98 93* 23 48 135
WARFARIN SODIUM 97 97 17 50 17
RANITIDINE HCL 96 91* 40 51 55
SINGLE USE SWAB 93 88* 39 52 302
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 93 88* 22 52 113
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 86* 21 54 75
FLOVENT HFA 91 91 48 54 320
LANTUS 90 85* 23 56 62
MECLIZINE HCL 89 84* 58 57 115
PREDNISONE 88 83* 68 58 57
AMOXICILLIN 81 76* 70 59 102
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 78 73* 73 60 70
TRADJENTA 76 71* 21 61 171
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 76 71* 15 61 232
CARVEDILOL 75 70* 25 63 23
CILOSTAZOL 75 70* 17 63 214
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 73 68* 59 S3 65 6
MOMETASONE FUROATE 69 64* 60 66 297
AMMONIUM LACTATE 68 63* 44 67 251
ALCOHOL PREP PADS 67 62* 36 68 230
AZOR 66 66 13 69 149
CELEBREX 66 61* 36 69 52
ALPRAZOLAM 64 52 39 B 71 37
AMANTADINE 63 58* 56 72 351
HUMALOG 63 58* 18 72 162
ONGLYZA 62 57* 15 74 183
TAMIFLU 62 57* 60 74 274
NIASPAN 61 56* 23 76 188
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 56* 20 76 49
FENOFIBRATE* 61 45 28 76 74
FENOFIBRATE* 60 55* 21 79 74
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 60 55* 21 79 30
CLONIDINE HCL 58 53* 21 81 60
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 58 53* 12 R 81 138
VESICARE 57 52* 11 83 123
SUCRALFATE 55 50* 24 84 249
ACTONEL 55 55 15 84 137
METFORMIN HCL ER 54 49* 12 86 82
KETOCONAZOLE 53 48* 23 87 182
MEGESTROL ACETATE 53 53 16 R 87 121
VIAGRA 52 <11 <11 89 268
ALLOPURINOL 52 52 11 89 33
ACARBOSE 52 47* 15 89 209
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. 10, 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.