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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,946Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 42 out of 2888

$760K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 400 out of 2888

966 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
35% 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

18% of this provider’s 966 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 22,268 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$30 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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 2,041 1,914 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,715 1,619 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,103 1,024 3 5
OMEPRAZOLE 903 760 4 7
LISINOPRIL 799 719 5 3
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 731 662 6 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 711 633 7 11
CARVEDILOL 673 641 8 21
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 637 603 9 46
METFORMIN HCL 619 509 10 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 588 501 11 9
METFORMIN HCL ER 570 512 12 53
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 547 511 13 18
FUROSEMIDE 474 411 14 6
FAMOTIDINE 413 380 15 75
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 402 394 16 23
MELOXICAM 340 278 17 31
GLYBURIDE 331 295 R 18 58
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 329 251 S3 19 4
GABAPENTIN 231 197 20 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 215 174 21 12
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 214 193 S3 22 147
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 213 201 23 10
LOVASTATIN 201 201 24 41
CLOPIDOGREL 195 174 25 30
ALLOPURINOL 192 165 26 37
GEMFIBROZIL 183 144 27 98
TAMSULOSIN HCL 181 169 28 29
DONEPEZIL HCL 177 177 29 26
RANITIDINE HCL 173 150 30 56
SERTRALINE HCL 168 142 31 27
ATENOLOL 166 154 32 25
SALSALATE 164 133 10 33 443
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 159 139 34 32
AZITHROMYCIN 157 135 35 38
CEPHALEXIN 153 131 36 119
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 151 150 37 14
PLAVIX 146 139 38 40
GLIMEPIRIDE 142 116 39 36
CRESTOR 138 129 40 20
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 137 134 41 132
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 135 113 42 33
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 132 123 R 43 64
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 132 106 43 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 125 116 45 15
MECLIZINE HCL 122 108 46 122
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 120 118 47 183
AMOXICILLIN 118 92 48 117
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 114 114 49 94
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 113 108 50 51
HUMULIN 70-30 105 88 51 230
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 98 93 52 146
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 94 88 53 95
CLONIDINE HCL 91 82 54 39
INSULIN SYRINGE 87 67 55 86
EVISTA 85 85 56 125
FINASTERIDE 84 82 57 102
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 84 64 57 123
HYDRALAZINE HCL 83 74 59 59
NAMENDA 79 79 60 34
NIFEDIPINE ER 77 77 61 76
DILTIAZEM ER 76 76 62 182
TRAMADOL HCL 74 61 63 16
DIGOXIN 73 73 64 55
BACLOFEN 72 64 65 121
NEXIUM 71 54 66 19
GLIPIZIDE 71 70 66 50
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 70 63 68 136
NIFEDIAC CC 69 69 69 300
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 69 62 69 63
BUSPIRONE HCL 68 53 71 148
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 68 52 71 320
PROAIR HFA 67 62 73 71
LANTUS 66 51 74 45
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 65 65 R 75 74
VERAPAMIL ER 63 49 76 104
RAMIPRIL 62 59 77 73
SPIRONOLACTONE 62 62 77 70
CITALOPRAM HBR 62 54 77 24
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 56 37 80 156
LEVEMIR 56 43 80 135
TERAZOSIN HCL 56 55 80 152
HYDROXYZINE HCL 55 54 R 83 174
DIFLUNISAL 54 54 84 575
KLOR-CON M10 52 42 85 118
MEGESTROL ACETATE 52 48 R 85 140
KETOCONAZOLE 51 27 87 270
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 51 50 87 263
BENAZEPRIL HCL 51 47 87 77
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 50 49 90 264
NOVOLIN 70-30 50 46 90 144
COMBIVENT 50 38 90 177
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 50 39 90 101
ROPINIROLE HCL 50 50 90 115
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 Feb. 21, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.