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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,799Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 37 out of 2888

$1.92M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 30 out of 2888

1,929 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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

1% of this provider’s 1,929 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 1,929 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 20,222 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$74 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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 798 662 1 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 790 623 2 11
NEXIUM 757 589 3 19
METFORMIN HCL 748 558 4 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 748 591 4 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 744 536 S3 6 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 708 563 7 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 684 559 8 1
LISINOPRIL 663 550 9 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 564 465 10 18
OMEPRAZOLE 482 360 11 7
JANUVIA 450 382 12 48
TRAMADOL HCL 437 373 13 16
FUROSEMIDE 419 350 14 6
TAMSULOSIN HCL 372 307 15 29
AZITHROMYCIN 354 284 16 38
LANTUS 342 259 17 45
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 341 274 18 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 330 264 19 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 327 307 20 23
CRESTOR 314 235 21 20
GABAPENTIN 302 236 22 13
SERTRALINE HCL 291 229 23 27
INSULIN SYRINGE 288 191 24 86
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 254 221 25 49
DIOVAN 241 223 26 35
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 240 171 27 10
PREDNISONE 238 197 28 42
NAPROXEN 238 193 28 80
DIOVAN HCT 228 190 30 61
PEN NEEDLE 226 147 31 110
GLIPIZIDE 224 174 32 50
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 209 151 33 95
HYDRALAZINE HCL 207 193 34 59
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 196 149 35 15
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 179 119 R 36 64
TRAZODONE HCL 179 148 36 43
CLOPIDOGREL 167 144 38 30
GLIMEPIRIDE 164 139 39 36
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 161 114 40 92
PLAVIX 159 136 41 40
LEVOFLOXACIN 155 121 42 57
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 153 121 43 47
LYRICA 153 118 43 69
CARVEDILOL 148 94 45 21
MELOXICAM 148 123 45 31
WARFARIN SODIUM 148 119 45 22
DONEPEZIL HCL 143 129 48 26
ATENOLOL 141 118 49 25
MECLIZINE HCL 135 117 50 122
LOVAZA 135 82 50 97
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 134 87 52 28
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 127 98 53 51
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 117 95 54 46
GLIPIZIDE XL 110 89 55 205
DIGOXIN 105 96 56 55
MIRTAZAPINE 104 77 57 54
FAMOTIDINE 104 79 57 75
CEPHALEXIN 102 73 59 119
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 101 84 60 14
JANUMET 100 74 61 131
GLYBURIDE 100 85 R 61 58
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 98 69 63 88
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 97 66 64 243
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 97 79 64 67
BENAZEPRIL HCL 97 88 64 77
TERBINAFINE HCL 89 68 67 328
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 89 59 67 112
LIDODERM 89 77 67 105
LACTULOSE 88 85 70 111
SINGULAIR 88 81 70 85
LIPITOR 85 76 72 78
NAMENDA 82 68 73 34
CYMBALTA 82 51 73 44
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 81 64 75 156
TRICOR 78 45 76 91
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 77 61 77 33
LEVEMIR 76 60 78 135
PROAIR HFA 75 51 79 71
ACTOS 75 59 79 108
PROMETHAZINE HCL 70 51 R 81 96
RANITIDINE HCL 70 63 81 56
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 68 58 83 145
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 68 59 83 162
PROPRANOLOL HCL 66 53 85 164
SPIRIVA 66 62 85 79
AMOXICILLIN 65 40 87 117
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 65 56 87 116
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 65 45 87 62
VOLTAREN 64 59 90 157
NASONEX 63 56 91 168
MUPIROCIN 63 43 91 184
ALLOPURINOL 62 44 93 37
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 61 35 94 209
LOVASTATIN 59 45 95 41
CLONIDINE HCL 59 46 95 39
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 56 36 R 97 74
SPIRONOLACTONE 55 52 98 70
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 54 54 R 99 324
GEMFIBROZIL 54 36 99 98
EXFORGE 53 49 101 159
AVODART 53 49 101 151
BENICAR 53 38 101 138
NIASPAN 52 44 104 127
BACLOFEN 52 46 104 121
ADVAIR DISKUS 50 34 106 60
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. 16, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.