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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,559Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 386 out of 6782

$1.15M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 281 out of 6782

420 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93% Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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

6% of this provider’s 420 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 420 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Brand Name Drugs

37% 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

37 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
SIMVASTATIN 422 407 68 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 381 364 53 2 3
TRAMADOL HCL 354 343 110 3 32
LOVAZA 332 327* 49 4 66
OMEPRAZOLE 327 322* 59 5 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 323 295 59 6 5
FUROSEMIDE 292 292 52 7 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 292 287* 47 7 10
VOLTAREN 280 275* 76 9 84
DONEPEZIL HCL 248 243* 42 10 31
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 245 218 44 11 2
NEXIUM 224 219* 41 12 39
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 223 218* 32 13 113
MELOXICAM 221 216* 55 14 46
METFORMIN HCL 217 204 33 15 8
CRESTOR 216 205 38 16 38
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 214 209* 35 17 53
CELEBREX 208 203* 39 18 52
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 190 169 46 19 18
ATENOLOL 189 184* 27 20 9
GABAPENTIN 186 181* 36 21 15
BENAZEPRIL HCL 185 180* 33 22 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 183 183 17 23 17
DIOVAN 176 171* 26 24 26
CLOPIDOGREL 173 168* 33 25 19
LORAZEPAM 166 150 42 B 26 29
CYMBALTA 161 145 28 27 69
TAMSULOSIN HCL 160 155* 32 28 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 159 148 29 29 22
LISINOPRIL 158 158 29 30 4
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 158 153* 31 30 28
ATELVIA 155 150* 26 32 124
ALLOPURINOL 144 139* 28 33 33
NAMENDA 140 135* 26 34 36
MIRTAZAPINE 134 129* 21 35 72
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 133 133 22 36 14
VESICARE 122 117* 20 37 123
ROPINIROLE HCL 121 116* 25 38 151
DEXILANT 120 115* 28 39 91
METFORMIN HCL ER 118 118 23 40 82
BYSTOLIC 118 118 14 40 100
CLONAZEPAM 110 99 23 B 42 78
CARVEDILOL 110 110 18 42 23
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 107 107 13 44 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 103 98* 19 45 13
PROPRANOLOL HCL 102 97* 15 46 143
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 93 93 16 47 114
GLIPIZIDE XL 87 87 12 48 271
ADVAIR DISKUS 82 82 18 49 49
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 81 76* 29 S3 50 6
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 81 81 11 50 147
AVODART 78 78 15 52 99
LYRICA 76 71* 20 53 107
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 76 76 19 53 30
LANSOPRAZOLE 75 75 15 55 181
AMITIZA 73 73 16 56 177
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 73 68* 30 56 24
JANUVIA 73 68* 15 56 40
SYNTHROID 70 <11 <11 59 63
ALPRAZOLAM 69 58 21 B 60 37
AZITHROMYCIN 68 63* 54 61 44
ZENPEP 67 62* 14 62 260
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 61* 14 63 12
SERTRALINE HCL 65 65 18 64 43
ZOSTAVAX 63 58* 62 65 81
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 62 57* 12 66 47
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 62 57* 12 66 83
SYMBICORT 62 57* 14 66 141
RAPAFLO 61 56* 11 69 219
FAMOTIDINE* 60 49 14 70 35
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 60 55* 12 70 161
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 60 <11 <11 70 210
CITALOPRAM HBR 59 <11 <11 73 42
LIDODERM 58 58 17 74 58
GLIPIZIDE ER 57 52* 13 75 213
RISPERIDONE 55 50* 11 A 76 96
TRAZODONE HCL 54 54 13 77 50
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 53 48* 15 78 250
EVISTA 51 <11 <11 79 95
LINZESS 50 45* 16 80 357
FLUOXETINE HCL 50 <11 <11 80 64
BENICAR 50 <11 <11 80 86
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 Dec. 17, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.