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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,943Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 366 out of 6782

$715K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 747 out of 6782

367 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94% 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

7% of this provider’s 367 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 367 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

43 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 771 771 79 1 3
NAMENDA 702 678 49 2 36
FUROSEMIDE 618 618 81 3 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 518 518 29 4 17
LISINOPRIL 454 454 60 5 4
OMEPRAZOLE 448 443* 64 6 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 442 437* 95 S3 7 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 383 383 55 8 30
GABAPENTIN 330 325* 36 9 15
SIMVASTATIN 317 312* 52 10 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 297 292* 48 11 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 259 254* 37 12 5
MIRTAZAPINE 254 254 40 13 72
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 236 236 35 14 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 203 203 38 15 28
CLOPIDOGREL 202 197* 24 16 19
LANTUS 200 200 22 17 62
DIOVAN 181 181 15 18 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 173 173 27 19 31
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 171 166* 26 A 20 76
LORAZEPAM 169 164* 33 B 21 29
GLIPIZIDE 166 166 22 22 25
CARVEDILOL 164 164 22 23 23
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 157 152* 24 24 112
TAMSULOSIN HCL 153 148* 19 25 21
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 148 143* 27 26 18
SERTRALINE HCL 148 143* 23 26 43
FAMOTIDINE* 148 148 20 26 35
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 143 143 22 29 53
PREDNISONE 140 135* 28 30 57
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 138 138 17 31 125
SPIRONOLACTONE 132 132 22 32 88
TRAZODONE HCL 132 127* 28 32 50
HYDRALAZINE HCL 127 127 18 34 73
FENTANYL 126 <11 <11 S2 35 153
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 122 117* 18 36 161
NOVOLOG 121 121 21 37 134
CITALOPRAM HBR 114 114 16 38 42
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 113 108* 29 39 24
LEVETIRACETAM 113 108* 11 39 104
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 109 104* 14 41 10
CLONAZEPAM 107 107 16 B 42 78
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 105 105 15 43 14
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 100 100 49 44 173
LIDODERM 99 99 15 45 58
CYMBALTA 98 <11 <11 46 69
ATENOLOL 93 93 11 47 9
TIMOLOL MALEATE 91 <11 <11 48 370
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 88 88 43 49 126
NEXIUM 87 <11 <11 50 39
CLONIDINE HCL 86 86 23 51 60
TRAMADOL HCL 86 86 20 51 32
ABILIFY 82 <11 <11 A 53 156
DIGOXIN 80 80 12 54 239
PAROXETINE HCL 80 80 11 54 77
METFORMIN HCL 76 71* 13 56 8
RISPERIDONE 72 72 12 A 57 96
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 71 71 28 58 54
TRAVATAN Z 71 71 11 58 298
CRESTOR 70 <11 <11 60 38
TEMAZEPAM 70 70 15 B 60 71
NYSTATIN 66 66 24 62 204
LATANOPROST 60 <11 <11 63 276
LOVASTATIN 54 <11 <11 64 16
JANUVIA 53 <11 <11 65 40
NYAMYC 52 52 22 66 574
OLANZAPINE 51 <11 <11 A 67 139
CEPHALEXIN 50 50 45 68 109
LYRICA 50 <11 <11 68 107
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 45* 12 68 12
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.