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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,917Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 43 out of 2888

$1.36M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 90 out of 2888

1,105 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
56% 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

4% of this provider’s 1,105 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 1,105 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 20,455 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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 925 793 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 917 803 2 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 866 577 S3 3 4
LISINOPRIL 837 733 4 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 792 685 5 5
FUROSEMIDE 636 538 6 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 624 575 7 22
OMEPRAZOLE 605 502 8 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 541 454 9 10
METFORMIN HCL 522 393 10 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 465 451 11 26
GABAPENTIN 418 331 12 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 360 283 13 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 353 308 14 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 352 315 15 15
CARVEDILOL 287 255 16 21
TRAMADOL HCL 277 254 17 16
SERTRALINE HCL 270 224 18 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 265 212 19 9
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 260 238 20 33
MELOXICAM 251 209 21 31
NAMENDA 239 218 22 34
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 233 191 23 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 221 217 24 29
CRESTOR 221 195 24 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 215 121 26 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 211 177 27 11
NIFEDIPINE ER 208 173 28 76
LANTUS 198 106 29 45
KLOR-CON M10 189 159 30 118
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 188 167 31 23
NEXIUM 187 131 32 19
KLOR-CON M20 187 154 32 90
CYMBALTA 175 162 34 44
AZITHROMYCIN 174 137 35 38
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 173 156 36 66
HYDRALAZINE HCL 172 143 37 59
MIRTAZAPINE 158 147 38 54
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 152 110 39 32
GLIPIZIDE 146 101 40 50
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 146 134 40 51
GLYBURIDE 146 120 R 40 58
RANITIDINE HCL 146 129 40 56
DIOVAN 143 131 44 35
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 142 133 45 124
RISPERIDONE 141 99 46 72
LYRICA 135 98 47 69
CLONIDINE HCL 133 96 48 39
CLOPIDOGREL 124 107 49 30
ALLOPURINOL 121 121 50 37
ATENOLOL 120 110 51 25
NYSTATIN 120 77 51 178
TRICOR 119 98 53 91
TRAZODONE HCL 118 106 54 43
ATELVIA 114 107 55 201
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 114 83 55 18
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 112 110 57 62
PLAVIX 104 94 58 40
PROMETHAZINE HCL 99 70 R 59 96
LOVAZA 93 59 60 97
LEVETIRACETAM 92 45 61 103
PROAIR HFA 91 68 62 71
NOVOLOG 91 41 62 114
LOVASTATIN 90 80 64 41
LEVOFLOXACIN 87 75 65 57
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 87 85 65 93
FENOFIBRATE 86 61 67 65
BACLOFEN 86 62 67 121
FENTANYL 84 77 S2 69 126
DIGOXIN 83 75 70 55
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 80 73 71 28
HYDROXYZINE HCL 78 65 R 72 174
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 76 67 73 47
LIDODERM 74 63 74 105
MUPIROCIN 72 38 75 184
ACTONEL 71 67 76 149
GLIMEPIRIDE 70 53 77 36
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 70 64 77 162
CELEBREX 70 64 77 89
SINGULAIR 68 49 80 85
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 68 44 80 92
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 68 61 R 80 68
FLUOXETINE HCL 68 42 80 83
DETROL LA 67 67 84 192
FINASTERIDE 67 56 84 102
LACTULOSE 67 47 84 111
LIPITOR 67 43 84 78
RAMIPRIL 67 63 84 73
PAROXETINE HCL 66 51 89 84
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 65 59 90 49
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 64 54 91 63
NASONEX 63 45 92 168
FELODIPINE ER 61 61 93 175
SEROQUEL 60 52 94 143
SPIRIVA 60 50 94 79
NOVOLIN R 59 44 96 109
NIFEDICAL XL 59 56 96 190
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 59 45 R 96 74
SYNTHROID 58 58 99 52
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 57 48 100 132
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 55 35 101 120
PREDNISONE 55 50 101 42
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 54 31 103 128
HUMULIN R 53 46 104 233
ADVAIR DISKUS 52 44 105 60
ROPINIROLE HCL 50 36 106 115
INSULIN SYRINGE 50 32 106 86
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 Aug. 19, 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.