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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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28,382Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 28 out of 2888

$4.45M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 2888

908 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
28%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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

29% of this provider’s 908 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

45% of this provider’s 908 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 5,760 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$157 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 2,546 408 S3 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 778 241 2 1
GABAPENTIN 565 108 3 13
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 518 100 S2 4 229
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 492 77 5 17
TIZANIDINE HCL 449 37 6 133
LISINOPRIL 441 159 7 3
NEXIUM 411 62 8 19
CYMBALTA 378 65 9 44
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 362 34 R 10 68
PROMETHAZINE HCL 346 13 R 11 96
OMEPRAZOLE 307 76 12 7
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 302 34 S2 13 316
SERTRALINE HCL 297 78 14 27
LYRICA 291 72 15 69
FLUCONAZOLE 289 40 16 199
TRAMADOL HCL 275 63 17 16
METFORMIN HCL 267 78 18 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 262 77 19 5
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 261 30 20 88
TRUVADA 260 16 21 169
TRAZODONE HCL 240 44 22 43
METHOCARBAMOL 237 15 R 23 176
FUROSEMIDE 231 68 24 6
VALACYCLOVIR 230 23 10 25 258
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 228 55 S2 26 347
OXYCONTIN 225 0 S2 27 308
CITALOPRAM HBR 222 78 28 24
AZITHROMYCIN 214 48 29 38
ISENTRESS 210 27 30 200
METHADONE HCL 208 21 S2 31 216
FENTANYL 202 36 S2 32 126
BACLOFEN 191 29 33 121
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 188 56 34 12
DOXEPIN HCL 187 40 35 248
PROAIR HFA 183 21 36 71
INTELENCE 179 32 37 252
NORVIR 179 0 37 161
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 177 36 39 49
ACYCLOVIR 173 53 40 262
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 169 30 S2 41 332
CEPHALEXIN 167 27 42 119
FLUOXETINE HCL 153 44 43 83
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 150 31 44 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 150 28 44 10
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 148 18 46 120
MELOXICAM 146 51 47 31
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 142 25 48 14
ATRIPLA 141 23 49 218
SYNTHROID 140 46 50 52
MORPHINE SULFATE 137 28 S2 51 363
CLONIDINE HCL 133 32 52 39
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 129 20 53 47
DICYCLOMINE HCL 128 11 54 224
DIOVAN 127 31 55 35
ATENOLOL 125 67 56 25
CRESTOR 123 23 57 20
KALETRA 121 12 58 251
ETODOLAC 121 19 58 170
IBUPROFEN 120 0 60 87
PAROXETINE HCL 116 25 61 84
SPIRIVA 114 58 62 79
AMOXICILLIN 110 18 63 117
VIREAD 110 0 63 303
PREMARIN 109 40 R 65 129
LIDODERM 107 0 66 105
REYATAZ 107 14 66 242
ABILIFY 106 20 68 172
SINGULAIR 106 13 68 85
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 103 28 70 32
LANSOPRAZOLE 102 25 71 213
SIMVASTATIN 101 40 72 2
LEVOFLOXACIN 98 24 73 57
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 92 22 74 220
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 91 26 75 63
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 91 23 75 9
ESTRADIOL 90 35 R 77 139
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 89 11 78 196
TESTOSTERONE CYPIONATE 88 13 S3 79 357
CELEBREX 88 25 79 89
ROPINIROLE HCL 87 51 81 115
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 87 20 81 62
PRISTIQ ER 86 11 83 343
DIOVAN HCT 86 42 83 61
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 86 30 83 123
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 84 33 R 86 74
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 0 87 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE ER 82 0 88 501
CLOPIDOGREL 82 19 88 30
OXYCODONE HCL 82 0 S2 88 245
METHYLDOPA 82 32 R 88 376
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 81 24 92 11
SUSTIVA 81 0 92 336
LOVAZA 81 21 92 97
MIRTAZAPINE 79 0 95 54
ADVAIR DISKUS 75 17 96 60
VENTOLIN HFA 75 11 96 173
ALPRAZOLAM 75 11 96 214
TOPIRAMATE 75 0 96 206
BUPROPION HCL SR 74 19 100 231
DRONABINOL 74 0 100 413
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 73 0 102 387
LAMIVUDINE-ZIDOVUDINE 73 27 102 514
BUPROPION XL 72 0 104 212
GLIPIZIDE ER 70 16 105 107
ZETIA 70 34 105 81
OPANA ER 69 0 S2 107 525
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 69 0 107 467
WARFARIN SODIUM 69 40 107 22
SAVELLA 68 15 110 526
BENICAR HCT 67 21 111 181
LUNESTA 66 0 112 301
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 64 24 113 18
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 63 0 114 112
NAPROXEN 63 11 114 80
VOLTAREN 63 28 114 157
TRICOR 62 0 117 91
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 61 0 118 153
COMPLERA 61 0 118 550
CEFUROXIME 61 24 118 130
PREZISTA 60 0 121 189
LAMIVUDINE 60 0 121 386
BYSTOLIC 59 35 123 99
GEMFIBROZIL 59 20 123 98
METFORMIN HCL ER 59 14 123 53
DEXTROAMPHETAMINE-AMPHETAMINE 59 0 S2 123 554
CEFTRIAXONE 58 14 127 281
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 58 0 127 145
AMITIZA 58 0 127 296
SELZENTRY 58 11 127 438
VYVANSE 57 11 S2 131 563
PREDNISONE 56 0 132 42
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 56 0 132 23
ONDANSETRON HCL 55 19 134 350
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 55 11 134 33
PLAVIX 55 14 134 40
BUPROPION HCL 55 0 134 411
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 53 19 S3 138 147
DIGOXIN 53 34 138 55
TAMSULOSIN HCL 53 26 138 29
LEXIVA 53 0 138 402
VESICARE 52 11 142 154
LOVASTATIN 52 21 142 41
LIOTHYRONINE SODIUM 52 0 142 277
FAMOTIDINE 51 0 145 75
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 51 27 145 67
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 50 0 147 136
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 Jan. 3, 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.