ProPublica

Journalism in the Public Interest

Cancel

Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

See Other Prescribers With This Specialty in This State »

18,418Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 194 out of 6645

$798K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 498 out of 6645

929 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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 Average for
this specialty
in California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 929 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 14,394 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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.

Click to Filter by Category

Clear Filter


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.

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
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in California
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 979 822 1 2
LISINOPRIL 700 633 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 628 503 3 11
SIMVASTATIN 615 500 4 1
OMEPRAZOLE 507 380 5 6
HYDRALAZINE HCL 474 405 6 77
METFORMIN HCL 452 342 7 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 432 286 S3 8 5
CLONIDINE HCL 384 320 9 56
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 355 293 10 4
ATENOLOL 322 256 11 8
GABAPENTIN 322 219 11 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 318 270 13 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 302 259 14 9
BENAZEPRIL HCL 299 235 15 21
LOVASTATIN 281 235 16 15
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 281 203 16 26
DIOVAN 239 218 18 19
RANITIDINE HCL 233 189 19 51
WARFARIN SODIUM 229 166 20 16
NIFEDIPINE ER 223 210 21 82
CARVEDILOL 219 184 22 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 215 176 23 29
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 214 175 24 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 191 132 25 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 182 137 26 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 161 116 27 10
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 155 142 28 200
PROAIR HFA 155 84 28 32
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 153 118 30 20
GLYBURIDE 151 100 R 31 58
MELOXICAM 151 129 31 46
JANUVIA 148 115 33 38
GLIPIZIDE 148 124 33 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 142 104 35 12
PLAVIX 136 123 36 49
INSULIN SYRINGE 136 99 36 61
LANTUS 133 85 38 50
FLUOXETINE HCL 130 82 39 63
PREDNISONE 126 101 40 57
DONEPEZIL HCL 123 123 41 27
CLOPIDOGREL 122 109 42 36
TRAZODONE HCL 112 100 43 60
TAMSULOSIN HCL 111 110 44 22
ADVAIR DISKUS 111 65 44 45
ALLOPURINOL 109 98 46 31
FAMOTIDINE 105 74 47 33
SPIRONOLACTONE 102 72 48 85
METHOCARBAMOL 102 95 R 48 268
TRAMADOL HCL 97 79 50 30
SERTRALINE HCL 96 49 51 43
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 94 94 52 187
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 92 25 S3 53 80
ACTOS 91 59 54 71
CARISOPRODOL 88 18 R 55 94
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 86 64 56 198
VERAPAMIL ER 86 77 56 154
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 84 80 58 52
DIGOXIN 81 41 59 59
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 80 66 60 129
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 78 78 61 81
FINASTERIDE 78 78 61 73
LACTULOSE 74 51 63 125
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 73 47 64 304
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 71 42 65 97
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 70 47 R 66 117
PAROXETINE HCL 69 64 67 72
HUMULIN R 69 37 67 209
NITROSTAT 63 49 69 193
FELODIPINE ER 57 51 70 105
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 56 49 71 67
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 56 56 71 66
LYRICA 56 25 71 127
LIDODERM 55 40 74 53
BUPROPION XL 54 36 75 225
KLOR-CON 10 54 35 75 145
VENTOLIN HFA 53 46 77 146
GLIMEPIRIDE 52 45 78 47
CELEBREX 52 36 78 54
SPIRIVA 51 45 80 65
PROVENTIL HFA 50 47 81 523
SYMBICORT 50 40 81 153
SUCRALFATE 50 40 81 256
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

Incorrect Info?

If you are a provider and you believe your address is incorrect, check the listing you created on the National Provider Identifier registry. If you change your listing, send a note to drugs@propublica.org and we will update your information. If you have other questions about this data, send a note to drugs@propublica.org.

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.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • 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 Aug. 12, 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.