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 »

12,092Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 546 out of 6645

$497K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1174 out of 6645

569 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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

2% of this provider’s 569 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 569 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 11,786 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
OMEPRAZOLE 767 754 1 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 526 522 2 4
LISINOPRIL 520 512 3 3
LOVASTATIN 465 444 4 15
ATENOLOL 418 407 5 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 382 376 6 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 316 307 7 9
GABAPENTIN 289 279 8 18
SIMVASTATIN 272 261 9 1
ASPIRIN EC 265 265 10 264
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 260 260 11 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 258 258 12 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 247 241 13 12
GLIPIZIDE 243 234 14 23
METFORMIN HCL 212 204 15 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 201 196 S3 16 5
FUROSEMIDE 197 193 17 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 163 158 18 10
DOCUSATE SODIUM 158 156 19 494
LORATADINE 147 147 20 250
CITALOPRAM HBR 132 125 21 35
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 126 122 22 24
LIDOCAINE 110 105 23 325
NIFEDIPINE ER 109 109 24 82
HYDRALAZINE HCL 95 95 25 77
DONEPEZIL HCL 85 85 26 27
PROAIR HFA 80 75 27 32
DIOVAN 79 79 28 19
ALLOPURINOL 78 78 29 31
SERTRALINE HCL 78 78 29 43
OYSTER SHELL CALCIUM W-VIT D 76 76 31 397
TAMSULOSIN HCL 72 68 32 22
CELEBREX 71 71 33 54
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 70 70 34 20
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 70 70 34 52
CARVEDILOL 70 70 34 25
LANTUS 69 58 37 50
DETROL LA 66 66 38 260
TRAMADOL HCL 64 64 39 30
CLOPIDOGREL 64 61 39 36
VITAMIN D 61 61 41 323
SINGULAIR 60 60 42 76
RANITIDINE HCL 59 58 43 51
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 59 59 43 29
WARFARIN SODIUM 57 53 45 16
CRESTOR 57 57 45 34
TRAZODONE HCL 55 53 47 60
NAMENDA 55 55 47 41
GLYBURIDE 55 52 R 47 58
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 54 53 50 28
ACTOS 54 54 50 71
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 54 54 50 129
NIASPAN 52 52 53 164
LIDODERM 51 51 54 53
FLUOXETINE HCL 50 48 55 63
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 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.