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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,918Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 225 out of 2888

$795K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 367 out of 2888

825 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
6% 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

8% of this provider’s 825 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 13,707 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

18 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 844 804 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 824 774 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 548 500 3 7
TRAZODONE HCL 400 373 4 43
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 399 372 5 141
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 360 311 6 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 347 337 7 5
LISINOPRIL 332 301 8 3
METFORMIN HCL ER 299 266 9 53
CITALOPRAM HBR 284 268 10 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 281 271 11 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 280 236 S3 12 4
MELOXICAM 266 250 13 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 257 245 14 11
TRAMADOL HCL 254 237 15 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 224 207 16 14
SYNTHROID 216 213 17 52
FUROSEMIDE 208 193 18 6
GLIPIZIDE ER 206 183 19 107
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 204 204 20 10
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 180 163 21 32
ATENOLOL 174 168 22 25
FENOFIBRATE 168 154 23 65
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 161 151 24 28
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 154 139 25 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 152 144 26 29
CRESTOR 150 132 27 20
GABAPENTIN 147 139 28 13
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 140 132 29 47
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 115 114 30 259
METFORMIN HCL 111 88 31 8
NEXIUM 108 93 32 19
LIPITOR 106 95 33 78
SERTRALINE HCL 106 92 33 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 104 96 35 22
ZETIA 100 90 36 81
ALLOPURINOL 99 92 37 37
NABUMETONE 99 92 37 204
AZITHROMYCIN 95 88 39 38
CARVEDILOL 91 91 40 21
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 91 88 40 63
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 87 81 42 12
CYMBALTA 86 59 43 44
GLIMEPIRIDE 86 86 43 36
CHLORDIAZEPOXIDE-AMITRIPTYLINE 85 84 R 10 45 416
DIOVAN 82 69 46 35
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 82 82 46 120
CLOPIDOGREL 81 74 48 30
CLONIDINE HCL 79 67 49 39
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 76 50 15
PREDNISONE 75 73 51 42
DIOVAN HCT 75 75 51 61
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 75 72 51 18
ESTRADIOL 73 72 R 54 139
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 68 68 55 94
CELEBREX 68 65 55 89
PROPRANOLOL HCL 68 63 55 164
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 65 58 46
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 65 65 58 49
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 65 65 58 23
GLIPIZIDE XL 63 52 61 205
CEPHALEXIN 59 55 62 119
CARISOPRODOL 59 11 R 62 82
PLAVIX 57 47 64 40
KLOR-CON 10 54 51 65 195
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 53 52 66 132
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 53 49 66 123
DICYCLOMINE HCL 51 38 68 224
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 51 51 68 67
RANITIDINE HCL 51 44 68 56
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 Sept. 19, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.