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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,050Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 73 out of 2888

$1.42M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 82 out of 2888

625 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
68% 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

2% of this provider’s 625 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 625 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 20,388 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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 1,007 969 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 724 689 2 6
LISINOPRIL 694 651 3 3
SIMVASTATIN 564 534 4 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 518 505 5 26
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 510 500 6 5
NAMENDA 498 496 7 34
TRAMADOL HCL 473 445 8 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 467 398 S3 9 4
MIRTAZAPINE 429 404 10 54
WARFARIN SODIUM 361 316 11 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 318 295 12 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 313 310 13 14
OMEPRAZOLE 282 263 14 7
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 258 242 15 100
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 253 228 16 9
GABAPENTIN 251 246 17 13
METFORMIN HCL 243 209 18 8
RISPERIDONE 242 214 19 72
JANUVIA 238 235 20 48
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 227 216 21 113
CYMBALTA 220 176 22 44
FAMOTIDINE 219 207 23 75
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 218 216 24 12
JANTOVEN 211 200 25 163
NATEGLINIDE 206 192 26 274
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 204 199 27 134
TRAZODONE HCL 203 194 28 43
TAMSULOSIN HCL 201 199 29 29
CARVEDILOL 200 195 30 21
SERTRALINE HCL 191 186 31 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 191 171 31 17
LANTUS 186 186 33 45
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 185 172 34 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 178 161 35 24
KLOR-CON M10 165 165 36 118
EXELON 158 158 37 106
CLOPIDOGREL 158 147 37 30
LEVETIRACETAM 150 93 39 103
LACTULOSE 140 131 40 111
LATANOPROST 139 139 41 197
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 139 135 41 66
PREDNISONE 127 126 43 42
NEXIUM 126 106 44 19
ROPINIROLE HCL 124 112 45 115
ALLOPURINOL 122 107 46 37
PLAVIX 118 117 47 40
RAMIPRIL 114 114 48 73
BUMETANIDE 113 113 49 203
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 113 113 49 93
SPIRIVA 110 109 51 79
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 108 89 52 18
RANITIDINE HCL 106 93 53 56
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 106 103 53 62
FINASTERIDE 106 106 53 102
DIOVAN 105 105 56 35
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 98 94 57 150
DIGOXIN 97 97 58 55
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 94 94 59 23
CRESTOR 94 83 59 20
CALCITONIN-SALMON 94 75 59 284
EVISTA 92 92 62 125
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 71 63 15
NOVOLOG 90 89 64 114
CARBAMAZEPINE 87 43 65 217
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 86 84 66 120
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 84 80 67 32
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 83 69 68 67
PROMETHAZINE HCL 82 53 R 69 96
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 82 82 69 171
AMITIZA 79 56 71 296
LEVOFLOXACIN 78 73 72 57
CLONIDINE HCL 75 65 73 39
LIDODERM 72 65 74 105
ADVAIR DISKUS 72 72 74 60
VENLAFAXINE HCL 69 67 76 246
ATENOLOL 68 55 77 25
CEFDINIR 67 64 78 194
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 66 66 79 51
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 66 66 79 183
TIZANIDINE HCL 65 47 81 133
SINGULAIR 64 60 82 85
TOPIRAMATE 64 31 82 206
LIPITOR 63 61 84 78
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 62 53 85 146
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 62 60 85 188
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 62 54 85 88
FENOFIBRATE 59 56 88 65
LABETALOL HCL 56 56 89 180
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 54 51 90 162
AMIODARONE HCL 53 53 91 167
MUPIROCIN 53 48 91 184
METOLAZONE 53 53 91 215
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 52 49 94 101
SPIRONOLACTONE 51 51 95 70
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 51 47 95 33
BACLOFEN 51 43 95 121
ABILIFY 50 39 98 172
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.