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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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42,743Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 23 out of 6782

$3.47M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 28 out of 6782

955 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91% Patients 65 Years and Older
96% 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

22% of this provider’s 955 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Brand Name Drugs

42% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$81 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 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 1,569 1,472 225 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 1,319 1,259 279 2 7
CELEBREX 1,193 1,159 208 3 52
NEXIUM 1,171 1,102 209 4 39
DONEPEZIL HCL 1,042 1,022 159 5 31
SIMVASTATIN 972 887 133 6 1
LIDODERM 961 918 189 7 58
EVISTA 925 920* 112 8 95
MELOXICAM 904 880 204 9 46
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 904 822 128 9 5
TAMSULOSIN HCL 822 817* 129 11 21
NAMENDA 810 798 107 12 36
METFORMIN HCL 800 750 127 13 8
CREON 711 700 143 14 98
CLOPIDOGREL 682 663 95 15 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 672 636 158 16 18
AZITHROMYCIN 655 598 399 17 44
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 569 531 75 18 75
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 547 533 100 19 47
GABAPENTIN 545 507 137 20 15
LOVAZA 496 480 79 21 66
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 495 461 73 22 3
ATENOLOL 487 482* 74 23 9
DIOVAN 471 456 73 24 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 436 404 68 25 14
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 434 422 58 26 113
BACLOFEN 429 413 165 27 89
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 421 360 80 R 28 138
IBUPROFEN 420 362 209 29 45
LEVOFLOXACIN 418 396 258 30 79
GLIMEPIRIDE 417 412* 60 31 48
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 411 374 91 32 10
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 396 391* 57 33 51
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 383 346 48 34 105
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 358 340 41 A 35 76
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 350 332 92 36 180
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 344 319 45 37 22
AVODART 336 331* 45 38 99
CRESTOR 330 315 53 39 38
VOLTAREN 323 307 94 40 84
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 314 300 130 S3 41 93
BENICAR 298 293* 48 42 86
LORAZEPAM 293 275 64 B 43 29
FUROSEMIDE 288 283* 62 44 11
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 279 279 39 45 68
JANUVIA 273 268* 43 46 40
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 272 254 108 47 54
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 268 263* 99 S3 48 6
CARVEDILOL 237 224 31 49 23
DEXILANT 234 217 53 50 91
TRAMADOL HCL 232 218 88 51 32
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 232 221 31 R 51 65
VESICARE 221 210 48 53 123
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 218 194 28 54 13
LYRICA 218 213* 64 54 107
BENAZEPRIL HCL 212 180 54 56 27
CLONAZEPAM 192 187* 37 B 57 78
ACTONEL 189 184* 29 58 137
PREDNISONE 180 175* 105 59 57
AZOR 178 178 27 60 149
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 169 156 43 61 28
BENICAR HCT 169 169 26 61 145
PROPRANOLOL HCL 165 160* 32 63 143
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 161 137 68 64 200
EXFORGE 157 157 20 65 159
ROPINIROLE HCL 157 152* 45 65 151
METRONIDAZOLE 155 144 119 67 348
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 153 139 119 68 70
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 149 132 31 69 12
MEGESTROL ACETATE 142 137* 42 R 70 121
VIAGRA 137 121 26 71 268
LISINOPRIL 136 131* 25 72 4
DESMOPRESSIN ACETATE 132 132 22 73 423
SERTRALINE HCL 130 125* 23 74 43
FENOFIBRATE* 128 106 28 75 74
GLIPIZIDE 125 120* 25 76 25
CYMBALTA 123 110 21 77 69
PIOGLITAZONE-METFORMIN 121 107 17 R 78 283
FAMOTIDINE* 119 119 19 79 35
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 119 114* 74 79 133
PATANOL 118 113* 39 81 163
NIFEDIPINE ER 114 109* 16 82 80
JANUMET 113 108* 14 83 129
CEPHALEXIN 109 98 82 84 109
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 106 101* 22 85 30
NASONEX 105 100* 34 86 120
SUCRALFATE 103 98* 59 87 249
TERBINAFINE HCL 100 95* 43 88 403
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 99 94* 14 89 87
PROCTOZONE-HC 97 92* 31 90 218
ADVAIR DISKUS 94 94 25 91 49
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 93 88* 20 92 106
FENOFIBRATE* 90 79 17 93 74
DICYCLOMINE HCL 89 84* 64 94 252
GLYBURIDE 88 67 17 R 95 90
RESTASIS 88 88 15 95 279
PROAIR HFA 87 82* 21 97 34
SEROQUEL XR 85 <11 <11 A 98 315
LANTUS 83 78* 16 99 62
XARELTO 83 83 14 99 191
WARFARIN SODIUM 81 76* 14 101 17
EXELON 81 81 20 101 155
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 81 81 21 101 179
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 79 <11 <11 104 125
EFFIENT 77 64 15 105 284
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 76 71* 11 106 130
DIOVAN HCT 76 71* 26 106 222
ZOSTAVAX 76 71* 75 106 81
TRIBENZOR 74 <11 <11 109 255
ZENPEP 74 69* 19 109 260
JALYN 73 <11 <11 111 330
TRIAZOLAM 71 54 22 B 112 236
CLONIDINE HCL 71 66* 21 112 60
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 70 65* 51 114 245
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 69 <11 <11 115 20
FENOFIBRATE* 68 68 14 116 74
MICARDIS HCT 68 <11 <11 116 347
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 68 63* 29 116 250
ACYCLOVIR 65 60* 41 119 193
PREMARIN 63 58* 14 R 120 167
FINASTERIDE 63 63 12 120 67
PATADAY 63 58* 21 120 172
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 63 <11 <11 120 112
LIDOCAINE 62 57* 30 124 215
GEMFIBROZIL 62 57* 15 124 101
ONGLYZA 62 57* 17 124 183
SPIRONOLACTONE 62 57* 11 124 88
FORTEO 61 <11 <11 128 295
PRISTIQ ER 60 <11 <11 129 476
ALLOPURINOL 60 55* 14 129 33
AMOXICILLIN 60 55* 47 129 102
NOVOLIN R 59 <11 <11 132 157
BYSTOLIC 58 58 11 133 100
MIRTAZAPINE 58 <11 <11 133 72
FLUOXETINE HCL 56 51* 11 135 64
LOPERAMIDE 56 51* 33 135 263
GLIPIZIDE-METFORMIN 56 56 12 135 286
ZETIA 56 <11 <11 135 85
ALPRAZOLAM 55 38 16 B 139 37
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 55 50* 22 139 24
LANSOPRAZOLE 53 <11 <11 141 181
PAROXETINE HCL 53 <11 <11 141 77
DETROL LA 52 <11 <11 143 248
NYSTATIN 52 47* 34 143 204
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 May 3, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.