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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,943Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 163 out of 2888

$848K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 309 out of 2888

792 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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

1% of this provider’s 792 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 792 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

6% of this provider’s 13,853 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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 1,230 1,098 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 984 810 2 1
LISINOPRIL 860 732 3 3
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 817 691 R 10 4 64
OMEPRAZOLE 728 623 5 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 482 378 S3 6 4
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 452 419 7 23
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 418 372 8 5
TRAMADOL HCL 411 328 9 16
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 406 361 10 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 360 295 11 9
METFORMIN HCL 327 239 12 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 299 238 13 11
FUROSEMIDE 294 247 14 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 293 216 15 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 287 266 16 67
CRESTOR 285 226 17 20
NEXIUM 227 188 18 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 189 189 19 10
SERTRALINE HCL 183 136 20 27
NAPROXEN 181 161 21 80
METFORMIN HCL ER 174 155 22 53
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 165 147 23 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 164 157 24 29
SINGULAIR 162 104 25 85
CELEBREX 145 121 26 89
CARVEDILOL 137 131 27 21
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127 122 28 46
IBUPROFEN 123 55 29 87
CLOPIDOGREL 121 113 30 30
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 119 85 31 153
DIOVAN 115 87 32 35
DONEPEZIL HCL 113 106 33 26
FLUOCINONIDE 110 87 34 330
PLAVIX 102 96 35 40
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 99 85 36 14
GABAPENTIN 97 73 37 13
GLIMEPIRIDE 96 87 38 36
LEVOFLOXACIN 95 71 39 57
VOLTAREN 92 76 40 157
TRICOR 87 69 41 91
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 84 76 42 62
LIPITOR 84 65 42 78
BENICAR HCT 82 81 44 181
WARFARIN SODIUM 79 72 45 22
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 78 62 46 123
ACTONEL 78 78 46 149
AZITHROMYCIN 77 43 48 38
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 75 30 R 49 68
SPIRONOLACTONE 74 52 50 70
DIOVAN HCT 73 49 51 61
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 70 64 52 49
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 69 28 53 33
GLIPIZIDE 68 32 54 50
MECLIZINE HCL 66 62 55 122
MEGESTROL ACETATE 64 59 R 56 140
BYSTOLIC 62 49 57 99
MELOXICAM 61 53 58 31
INSULIN SYRINGE 61 45 58 86
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 60 56 60 18
LOVASTATIN 58 45 61 41
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 55 35 62 128
ALLOPURINOL 54 49 63 37
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 54 41 63 47
LANTUS 54 42 63 45
SANTYL 52 37 66 210
GEMFIBROZIL 51 36 67 98
DIGOXIN 51 51 67 55
BENAZEPRIL HCL 50 48 69 77
VYTORIN 50 50 69 155
GLYBURIDE 50 43 R 69 58
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 July 22, 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.