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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,100Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1107 out of 2888

$399K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1098 out of 2888

261 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
59% 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

23% of this provider’s 261 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,360 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

$65 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 305 263 1 1
LISINOPRIL 257 229 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 236 215 3 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 215 173 S3 4 4
OMEPRAZOLE 163 146 5 7
SIMVASTATIN 137 112 6 2
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 111 91 7 23
MELOXICAM 110 101 8 31
WARFARIN SODIUM 110 110 8 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 106 97 10 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 104 96 11 12
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 101 93 12 92
TRAMADOL HCL 99 92 13 16
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 98 84 14 33
NEXIUM 96 85 15 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 95 80 16 5
GLIMEPIRIDE 94 78 17 36
GABAPENTIN 87 75 18 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 86 85 19 26
METFORMIN HCL 80 68 20 8
CARVEDILOL 79 79 21 21
SERTRALINE HCL 79 60 21 27
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 70 59 23 47
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 67 63 24 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 64 52 25 29
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 59 50 26 10
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 58 49 27 123
CITALOPRAM HBR 57 52 28 24
AZITHROMYCIN 56 54 29 38
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 55 49 30 51
LANTUS 54 36 31 45
ADVAIR DISKUS 52 52 32 60
OFLOXACIN 50 44 33 602
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. 10, 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.