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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,313Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 48 out of 2888

$1.31M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 110 out of 2888

744 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
71% 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

7% of this provider’s 744 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 744 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 18,084 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

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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 1,242 790 S3 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 904 677 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 899 765 3 6
LISINOPRIL 879 729 4 3
SIMVASTATIN 814 660 5 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 671 606 6 5
OMEPRAZOLE 617 400 7 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 407 388 8 26
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 385 313 9 14
ATENOLOL 383 277 10 25
TRAMADOL HCL 382 318 11 16
METFORMIN HCL 374 273 12 8
GABAPENTIN 367 248 13 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 357 241 14 17
CARVEDILOL 356 292 15 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 332 289 16 22
CITALOPRAM HBR 317 276 17 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 290 240 18 9
NAMENDA 272 257 19 34
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 262 185 20 15
MELOXICAM 248 191 21 31
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 231 146 22 62
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 230 178 23 10
SERTRALINE HCL 228 181 24 27
CARISOPRODOL 218 57 R 25 82
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 215 162 26 33
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 203 180 27 11
ALLOPURINOL 203 173 27 37
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 187 130 29 93
NEXIUM 184 132 30 19
CLOPIDOGREL 183 150 31 30
LANTUS 178 160 32 45
CEPHALEXIN 171 123 33 119
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 165 114 34 23
RANITIDINE HCL 164 119 35 56
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 157 111 36 28
TRAZODONE HCL 156 103 37 43
DIOVAN 151 129 38 35
GLIMEPIRIDE 148 111 39 36
TAMSULOSIN HCL 148 125 39 29
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 144 72 41 32
CYMBALTA 142 97 42 44
FENTANYL 137 90 S2 43 126
PREDNISONE 131 108 44 42
PLAVIX 127 107 45 40
PROMETHAZINE HCL 127 64 R 45 96
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 126 100 47 12
CLONIDINE HCL 125 77 48 39
RISPERIDONE 121 99 49 72
JANTOVEN 114 93 50 163
KLOR-CON M10 113 112 51 118
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 113 108 51 18
LEVETIRACETAM 108 44 53 103
CRESTOR 106 72 54 20
SPIRONOLACTONE 103 85 55 70
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 103 83 55 47
PAROXETINE HCL 101 66 57 84
PROAIR HFA 94 34 58 71
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 94 76 58 66
ADVAIR DISKUS 93 55 60 60
NOVOLOG 92 83 61 114
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 92 82 61 51
EXELON 92 92 61 106
GLIPIZIDE 90 78 64 50
RAMIPRIL 90 90 64 73
MIRTAZAPINE 89 74 66 54
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 88 63 67 193
ZETIA 86 74 68 81
SINGULAIR 85 63 69 85
GLYBURIDE 84 60 R 70 58
KLOR-CON M20 82 56 71 90
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 82 26 71 289
TRICOR 77 63 73 91
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 73 29 R 74 74
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 68 54 75 49
DIGOXIN 68 68 75 55
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 68 37 75 100
DIOVAN HCT 68 58 75 61
LYRICA 67 30 79 69
LEXAPRO 67 40 79 198
BACLOFEN 67 49 79 121
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 64 31 R 82 68
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 63 25 83 116
DETROL LA 63 49 83 192
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 63 63 R 83 64
CELEBREX 62 54 86 89
QUINAPRIL HCL 62 54 86 179
MISOPROSTOL 62 28 86 544
JANUVIA 61 59 89 48
DEXILANT 59 40 90 186
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 59 25 90 128
INSULIN SYRINGE 58 42 92 86
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 58 58 92 46
NYSTATIN 57 39 94 178
FAMOTIDINE 57 48 94 75
FLUOXETINE HCL 55 21 96 83
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 54 42 97 94
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 53 31 98 132
BENICAR 52 52 99 138
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 52 38 99 92
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 52 26 99 202
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 52 35 99 124
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 51 35 103 153
ROPINIROLE HCL 50 32 104 115
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 March 29, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.