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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,086Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 481 out of 6782

$1.5M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 177 out of 6782

210 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98%* Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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

N/A

Brand Name Drugs

57% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$107 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

67 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
NEXIUM 734 723 78 1 39
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 545 534 66 2 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 522 522 57 3 2
LIDODERM 517 517 56 4 58
CRESTOR 468 456 50 5 38
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 434 434 52 6 18
LOVAZA 422 422 43 7 66
ZETIA 386 386 41 8 85
CELEBREX 354 354 38 9 52
METFORMIN HCL 333 328* 36 10 8
SYNTHROID 253 237 19 11 63
NASONEX 251 246* 31 12 120
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 243 243 24 13 51
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 225 225 28 14 75
ATENOLOL 220 208 26 15 9
DIOVAN 219 219 26 16 26
SIMVASTATIN 219 214* 24 16 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 191 191 23 18 31
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 186 181* 21 19 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 170 170 20 20 22
DIOVAN HCT 168 168 31 21 222
CAPTOPRIL 165 165 23 22 238
CREON 162 162 17 23 98
PROAIR HFA 158 158 25 24 34
ADVAIR DISKUS 157 157 16 25 49
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 152 152 19 26 113
LORAZEPAM 151 151 21 B 27 29
CLONAZEPAM 139 139 16 B 28 78
CLOPIDOGREL 132 132 14 29 19
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 131 131 15 30 47
ACTONEL 128 123* 20 31 137
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 127 127 18 32 53
CYMBALTA 123 123 13 33 69
MECLIZINE HCL 107 107 12 34 115
NITROSTAT 105 105 18 35 189
CARVEDILOL 104 104 12 36 23
ALLOPURINOL 103 <11 <11 37 33
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 102 102 15 38 28
VESICARE 98 <11 <11 39 123
OMEPRAZOLE 97 78 15 40 7
LUNESTA 92 92 13 41 278
JANUMET 92 <11 <11 41 129
JANUVIA 91 <11 <11 43 40
FUROSEMIDE 86 86 11 44 11
SPIRIVA 86 86 12 44 61
LISINOPRIL 80 75* 14 46 4
VOLTAREN 79 79 17 47 84
LIPITOR 76 <11 <11 48 415
WARFARIN SODIUM 71 <11 <11 49 17
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 70 <11 <11 50 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 69 <11 <11 51 10
SINGLE USE SWAB 69 69 17 51 302
ROPINIROLE HCL 68 <11 <11 53 151
NAMENDA 67 <11 <11 54 36
GABAPENTIN 66 <11 <11 55 15
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 66 <11 <11 55 68
DEXILANT 64 <11 <11 57 91
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 62 <11 <11 R 58 65
FENOFIBRATE* 61 <11 <11 59 74
TAMSULOSIN HCL 61 61 11 59 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 60 <11 <11 61 105
CHLORTHALIDONE 60 60 12 61 169
ACTOS 59 <11 <11 63 572
TRICOR 57 <11 <11 64 504
VYTORIN 56 <11 <11 65 205
SINGULAIR 56 <11 <11 65 380
GLIMEPIRIDE 55 <11 <11 67 48
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 54 <11 <11 68 30
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 54 <11 <11 68 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 <11 <11 70 12
NITROLINGUAL 50 <11 <11 71 556
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 July 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.