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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,213Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 128 out of 2888

$1.08M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 181 out of 2888

837 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
32% 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

5% of this provider’s 837 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 837 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 15,270 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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 1,193 865 S3 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,064 992 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 585 528 3 5
SIMVASTATIN 580 512 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 534 485 5 7
LISINOPRIL 496 397 6 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 323 279 7 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 319 235 8 17
GABAPENTIN 307 259 9 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 273 242 10 23
FUROSEMIDE 243 232 11 6
SERTRALINE HCL 243 200 11 27
METFORMIN HCL 240 179 13 8
GLIMEPIRIDE 238 187 14 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 236 227 15 9
TRAMADOL HCL 230 207 16 16
NEXIUM 225 128 17 19
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 199 154 18 33
ATENOLOL 198 190 19 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 192 168 20 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 180 151 21 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 172 134 22 12
CLONIDINE HCL 171 142 23 39
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 163 119 24 10
ALLOPURINOL 160 146 25 37
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 160 147 25 28
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 157 130 27 32
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 152 135 28 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 152 131 28 24
CYMBALTA 146 83 30 44
CLOPIDOGREL 143 126 31 30
WARFARIN SODIUM 140 114 32 22
LOVASTATIN 140 131 32 41
TRAZODONE HCL 124 97 34 43
DIOVAN 123 119 35 35
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 120 116 36 63
ADVAIR DISKUS 114 107 37 60
MELOXICAM 110 94 38 31
PLAVIX 110 97 38 40
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 110 99 R 38 74
PREDNISONE 105 91 41 42
SYNTHROID 100 97 42 52
PAROXETINE HCL 99 88 43 84
TAMSULOSIN HCL 96 79 44 29
DONEPEZIL HCL 93 93 45 26
METFORMIN HCL ER 93 76 45 53
FENTANYL 92 48 S2 47 126
CRESTOR 86 73 48 20
ROPINIROLE HCL 85 85 49 115
SPIRONOLACTONE 85 79 49 70
SINGULAIR 81 71 51 85
FENOFIBRATE 81 61 51 65
AZITHROMYCIN 81 69 51 38
EVISTA 81 81 51 125
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 79 51 46
LANTUS 78 68 56 45
PREMARIN 77 72 R 57 129
ZETIA 77 70 57 81
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 76 55 59 62
BUPROPION XL 75 49 60 212
CARVEDILOL 74 61 61 21
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 73 24 S2 62 229
PROAIR HFA 73 40 62 71
SPIRIVA 71 57 64 79
TRICOR 70 50 65 91
LYRICA 70 50 65 69
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 69 66 67 47
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 69 58 67 120
METHOCARBAMOL 68 44 R 69 176
GEMFIBROZIL 67 55 70 98
CELEBREX 65 60 71 89
VERAPAMIL ER 62 50 72 104
BENAZEPRIL HCL 54 26 73 77
INSULIN SYRINGE 54 46 73 86
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 53 41 75 67
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 52 48 76 153
GLYBURIDE 52 47 R 76 58
PROMETHAZINE HCL 51 12 R 78 96
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 50 50 79 259
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.