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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,483Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 346 out of 2888

$857K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 301 out of 2888

304 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 304 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

38% of this provider’s 304 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 8,243 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 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 619 323 S3 1 4
FUROSEMIDE 501 377 2 6
SIMVASTATIN 468 309 3 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 355 262 4 1
LISINOPRIL 349 236 5 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 333 274 6 10
RISPERIDONE 326 227 7 72
RANITIDINE HCL 313 210 8 56
KLOR-CON M20 209 165 9 90
OMEPRAZOLE 203 142 10 7
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 189 96 11 66
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 185 143 12 5
MIRTAZAPINE 184 183 13 54
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 159 101 14 14
SPIRONOLACTONE 141 73 15 70
LANTUS 136 69 16 45
METFORMIN HCL 135 84 17 8
NAMENDA 135 127 17 34
CLOPIDOGREL 132 88 19 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 131 83 20 17
GLUCAGEN 128 50 21 288
TRAMADOL HCL 127 85 22 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 127 112 22 26
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 120 49 24 100
GABAPENTIN 111 58 25 13
JANTOVEN 107 46 26 163
CARISOPRODOL 103 0 R 27 82
LEVEMIR 101 52 28 135
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 101 76 28 15
DIGOXIN 100 94 30 55
NOVOLOG 95 53 31 114
SEROQUEL 91 49 32 143
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 91 72 32 150
PLAVIX 90 67 34 40
LEVETIRACETAM 90 60 34 103
OLANZAPINE 90 63 34 137
LACTULOSE 90 68 34 111
SERTRALINE HCL 88 40 38 27
KLOR-CON M10 81 67 39 118
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 81 37 39 128
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 79 49 41 116
NEXIUM 79 51 41 19
ROPINIROLE HCL 74 57 43 115
CLONIDINE HCL 70 38 44 39
CARVEDILOL 68 58 45 21
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 67 49 46 33
LEVOFLOXACIN 67 55 46 57
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 66 38 R 48 68
LYRICA 64 56 49 69
NOVOLIN R 64 27 49 109
SINGULAIR 63 39 51 85
TRAZODONE HCL 63 29 51 43
VALPROIC ACID 59 20 53 278
MELOXICAM 59 43 53 31
AMIODARONE HCL 58 54 55 167
TOPIRAMATE 57 23 56 206
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 56 29 57 11
GLIPIZIDE 55 46 58 50
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 55 19 R 58 191
ABILIFY 55 22 58 172
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 55 44 58 92
GLIMEPIRIDE 53 36 62 36
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 52 27 63 124
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 52 11 63 185
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 52 28 63 171
FLUOXETINE HCL 50 40 66 83
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 May 9, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.