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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,976Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 192 out of 2888

$863K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 299 out of 2888

719 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
54% 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 719 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 719 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 11,998 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% 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

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
SIMVASTATIN 1,180 960 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 853 478 S3 2 4
BENAZEPRIL HCL 589 481 3 77
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 581 508 4 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 567 403 5 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 565 445 6 18
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 533 457 7 1
OMEPRAZOLE 531 392 8 7
METFORMIN HCL 511 415 9 8
LISINOPRIL 442 369 10 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 384 301 11 10
FUROSEMIDE 223 163 12 6
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 214 175 13 88
HYDRALAZINE HCL 210 164 14 59
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 205 149 15 5
ADVAIR DISKUS 190 154 16 60
TRAMADOL HCL 179 98 17 16
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 165 164 18 46
GABAPENTIN 162 85 19 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 155 105 20 15
AZITHROMYCIN 141 91 21 38
CITALOPRAM HBR 137 111 22 24
GLIPIZIDE 134 97 23 50
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 132 85 24 14
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 126 97 25 32
RANITIDINE HCL 121 98 26 56
ACTOS 117 89 27 108
ATENOLOL 110 108 28 25
DILTIAZEM ER 110 93 28 182
GEMFIBROZIL 108 88 30 98
CARVEDILOL 104 95 31 21
INSULIN SYRINGE 103 71 32 86
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 102 59 R 33 68
METHOCARBAMOL 102 64 R 33 176
PLAVIX 102 88 33 40
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 100 61 36 49
DONEPEZIL HCL 98 98 37 26
IBUPROFEN 98 65 37 87
ATELVIA 96 82 39 201
WARFARIN SODIUM 95 67 40 22
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 94 67 41 124
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 92 79 42 28
CLOPIDOGREL 92 80 42 30
PROAIR HFA 84 47 44 71
CRESTOR 84 50 44 20
CLONIDINE HCL 84 56 44 39
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 83 70 47 47
SERTRALINE HCL 82 54 48 27
GLYBURIDE 82 52 R 48 58
NIASPAN 80 79 50 127
LANTUS 73 40 51 45
CYMBALTA 72 24 52 44
LOVASTATIN 71 63 53 41
ALLOPURINOL 70 64 54 37
TAMSULOSIN HCL 70 62 54 29
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 68 57 56 11
NIFEDIPINE ER 67 67 57 76
CAPTOPRIL 64 60 58 225
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 62 29 59 17
SPIRONOLACTONE 60 34 60 70
JANUVIA 59 56 61 48
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 58 51 62 254
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 56 29 63 62
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 56 34 63 112
RAMIPRIL 55 45 65 73
FELODIPINE ER 54 54 66 175
TRICOR 53 26 67 91
SINGULAIR 53 31 67 85
FLUOXETINE HCL 52 23 69 83
VERAPAMIL ER 50 50 70 104
MECLIZINE HCL 50 46 70 122
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 Jan. 30, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.