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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,729Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 139 out of 2888

$947K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 243 out of 2888

638 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
43% 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 Texas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 638 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 12,575 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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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.

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 Texas
SIMVASTATIN 727 551 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 586 435 2 1
LISINOPRIL 566 449 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 545 371 4 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 524 407 5 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 519 234 S3 6 4
METFORMIN HCL 500 341 7 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 478 386 8 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 432 311 9 9
GABAPENTIN 395 250 10 13
FUROSEMIDE 388 269 11 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 384 199 12 17
TRAMADOL HCL 336 179 13 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 328 236 14 14
MELOXICAM 326 244 15 31
CITALOPRAM HBR 281 205 16 24
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 257 199 17 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 219 161 18 15
CARVEDILOL 200 140 19 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 188 123 20 10
ATENOLOL 186 171 21 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 178 112 22 22
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 178 114 22 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 170 144 24 67
NEXIUM 165 105 25 19
LEVOFLOXACIN 161 114 26 57
FLUOXETINE HCL 158 120 27 83
CRESTOR 157 110 28 20
ALLOPURINOL 148 121 29 37
DONEPEZIL HCL 146 136 30 26
ADVAIR DISKUS 142 90 31 60
PAROXETINE HCL 141 113 32 84
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 138 110 33 28
TRAZODONE HCL 136 55 34 43
TAMSULOSIN HCL 136 128 34 29
DIGOXIN 135 103 36 55
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 135 92 36 33
PREDNISONE 129 97 38 42
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 122 107 39 62
ROPINIROLE HCL 120 64 40 115
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 116 101 41 51
DIOVAN HCT 116 103 41 61
CLONIDINE HCL 114 62 43 39
BUPROPION HCL SR 113 53 44 231
DIOVAN 110 89 45 35
CLOPIDOGREL 110 92 45 30
GLIMEPIRIDE 100 46 47 36
AZITHROMYCIN 98 67 48 38
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 90 50 49 66
PLAVIX 90 85 49 40
NAMENDA 86 86 51 34
SYNTHROID 86 81 51 52
CLARITHROMYCIN 84 51 53 383
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 83 65 54 47
HYDRALAZINE HCL 81 67 55 59
LYRICA 74 43 56 69
LANTUS 73 46 57 45
GLIPIZIDE 72 59 58 50
LOVASTATIN 71 70 59 41
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 71 30 R 59 74
COMBIVENT 68 52 61 177
SERTRALINE HCL 67 32 62 27
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 66 45 63 101
LIPITOR 65 43 64 78
GLYBURIDE 63 40 R 65 58
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 63 52 65 162
NIFEDIPINE ER 62 37 67 76
TRICOR 61 31 68 91
RAMIPRIL 61 45 68 73
SPIRIVA 56 37 70 79
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 55 43 71 32
PROPRANOLOL HCL 54 49 72 164
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 52 29 R 73 68
INSULIN SYRINGE 52 28 73 86
JANUVIA 52 33 73 48
ACTONEL 51 51 76 149
FINASTERIDE 51 47 76 102
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 31 76 46
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 »

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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.
  • 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 March 6, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.