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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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40,312Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 27 out of 6782

$4.08M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 6782

505 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92% 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

4% of this provider’s 505 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 505 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Brand Name Drugs

49% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$101 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

80 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 1,430 1,355 169 1 39
CRESTOR 1,321 1,262 133 2 38
LIDODERM 1,147 1,113 150 3 58
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 941 913 115 4 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 909 862 99 5 22
VOLTAREN 811 781 123 6 84
CELEBREX 737 716 89 7 52
JANUVIA 696 660 77 8 40
DIOVAN 672 659 84 9 26
NAMENDA 597 585 78 10 36
VESICARE 596 557 83 11 123
LOVAZA 594 566 75 12 66
NASONEX 590 561 78 10 13 120
CLONIDINE HCL 581 552 75 14 60
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 564 491 69 15 3
ADVAIR DISKUS 561 528 65 16 49
CLOPIDOGREL 554 533 67 17 19
GABAPENTIN 541 516 71 18 15
FUROSEMIDE 538 521 67 19 11
TRAMADOL HCL 534 497 78 20 32
GLIMEPIRIDE 516 496 57 21 48
SIMVASTATIN 509 487 58 22 1
METFORMIN HCL 506 466 63 23 8
TAMSULOSIN HCL 493 475 63 24 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 457 444 57 25 5
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 444 439* 64 26 53
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 431 426* 75 27 18
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 421 421 47 28 47
CYMBALTA 401 401 50 29 69
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 400 371 46 30 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 397 382 56 31 13
NITROSTAT 397 392* 62 31 189
AVODART 391 391 49 33 99
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 370 365* 69 S3 34 93
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 357 338 54 35 75
OMEPRAZOLE 334 309 53 36 7
ZETIA 326 321* 37 37 85
LORAZEPAM 319 304 49 B 38 29
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 316 295 59 S3 39 6
ATENOLOL 313 287 37 40 9
BENICAR 301 278 36 41 86
CREON 299 276 36 42 98
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 281 265 30 43 51
PROAIR HFA 281 276* 39 43 34
DONEPEZIL HCL 275 270* 43 45 31
IBUPROFEN 272 252 46 46 45
MECLIZINE HCL 270 270 38 47 115
CARVEDILOL 269 264* 35 48 23
ALLOPURINOL 265 265 28 49 33
BENAZEPRIL HCL 263 233 30 50 27
AMITIZA 261 249 34 51 177
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 260 255* 39 52 68
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 237 225 48 53 110
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 229 195 25 54 105
NIFEDIPINE ER 215 202 25 55 80
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 213 200 22 56 83
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 203 198* 32 57 30
CLONAZEPAM 198 193* 33 B 58 78
BYSTOLIC 197 192* 25 59 100
PATANOL 197 197 24 59 163
KLOR-CON 8 195 182 29 61 136
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 191 191 31 62 54
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 182 169 21 R 63 65
LISINOPRIL 181 168 22 64 4
DEXILANT 179 174* 28 65 91
MELOXICAM 172 167* 33 66 46
WARFARIN SODIUM 172 172 12 66 17
BENICAR HCT 171 156 22 68 145
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 171 166* 23 68 113
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 164 143 26 R 70 175
LYRICA 163 158* 28 71 107
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 154 133 27 72 24
DIOVAN HCT 152 152 38 73 222
PROCTOZONE-HC 150 150 26 74 218
SOLARAZE 148 148 44 75 381
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 147 133 20 76 12
SPIRIVA 145 124 19 77 61
ACTONEL 143 138* 21 78 137
LIDOCAINE-PRILOCAINE 121 121 36 79 404
SERTRALINE HCL 120 120 23 80 43
LANSOPRAZOLE 119 114* 20 81 181
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 117 117 12 82 87
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 116 103 12 83 10
FLUOCINONIDE 116 111* 22 83 131
LEVOFLOXACIN 115 110* 89 85 79
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 111 106* 39 86 332
CLOTRIMAZOLE 110 110 19 87 291
CLONIDINE 110 110 11 87 287
ALCOHOL PREP PADS 101 96* 20 89 230
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE* 101 101 24 89 312
PAROXETINE HCL 100 95* 14 91 77
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 96 96 22 92 114
COMBIVENT RESPIMAT 95 95 18 93 300
PROPRANOLOL HCL 95 90* 19 93 143
JANUMET 93 93 12 95 129
LANTUS 93 76 15 95 62
PATADAY 90 79 15 97 172
KETOCONAZOLE 90 90 12 97 182
TEMAZEPAM 90 85* 22 B 97 71
RANITIDINE HCL 89 84* 15 100 55
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 87 82* 15 101 20
SPIRONOLACTONE 85 <11 <11 102 88
LIPITOR 85 80* 14 102 415
COLCRYS 85 <11 <11 102 165
AZITHROMYCIN 83 78* 59 105 44
SINGLE USE SWAB 82 82 24 106 302
HYDRALAZINE HCL 82 69 16 106 73
SINGULAIR 82 <11 <11 106 380
EXELON 80 80 14 109 155
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 80 67 11 109 310
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 80 <11 <11 109 125
RAMIPRIL 80 <11 <11 109 122
HUMALOG 78 <11 <11 113 162
AMIODARONE HCL 75 75 12 114 144
TOPROL XL 72 <11 <11 115 519
ALPRAZOLAM 72 67* 15 B 115 37
FLECTOR 72 67* 13 115 379
COREG CR 70 <11 <11 118 406
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 67 <11 <11 119 202
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 67 62* 20 119 28
FENOFIBRATE* 67 <11 <11 119 74
SYNTHROID 66 <11 <11 122 63
DETROL LA 66 66 14 122 248
LIDOCAINE 65 60* 30 124 215
AZELASTINE HCL 64 <11 <11 125 254
BACLOFEN 63 <11 <11 126 89
GLYBURIDE 63 <11 <11 R 126 90
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 62 <11 <11 128 152
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 62 57* 47 128 70
MICARDIS 61 <11 <11 130 282
ARICEPT 59 <11 <11 131 472
LUNESTA 59 <11 <11 131 278
TRAZODONE HCL 59 <11 <11 131 50
RESTASIS 58 58 11 134 279
COMBIVENT 58 58 16 134 341
SYMBICORT 54 49* 11 136 141
VENTOLIN HFA 53 48* 12 137 178
NITROLINGUAL 53 48* 11 137 556
ABILIFY 52 <11 <11 A 139 156
ALCOHOL SWABS 52 47* 14 139 508
LEVETIRACETAM 51 <11 <11 141 104
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 51 <11 <11 141 147
PROCTOSOL-HC 50 <11 <11 143 642
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 50 <11 <11 143 425
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, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.