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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,631Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 173 out of 2888

$816K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 341 out of 2888

498 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
79% 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 498 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 498 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 13,611 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$49 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 816 644 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 573 504 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 522 470 3 6
RAMIPRIL 452 362 4 73
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 397 367 5 23
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 374 296 6 33
NEXIUM 363 299 7 19
METFORMIN HCL 358 289 8 8
GLIMEPIRIDE 353 306 9 36
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 348 281 10 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 346 308 11 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 331 273 12 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 291 219 13 10
DIOVAN 289 252 14 35
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 279 194 S3 15 4
GABAPENTIN 242 201 16 13
OMEPRAZOLE 225 188 17 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 219 219 18 26
LISINOPRIL 219 205 18 3
CILOSTAZOL 201 154 20 165
CLOPIDOGREL 195 149 21 30
LEVOFLOXACIN 191 162 22 57
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 189 155 23 49
TRAMADOL HCL 173 143 24 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 171 154 25 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 168 145 26 29
ATENOLOL 167 145 27 25
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 160 127 28 17
CRESTOR 156 84 29 20
PLAVIX 152 118 30 40
MELOXICAM 149 119 31 31
WARFARIN SODIUM 144 126 32 22
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 136 113 33 47
HUMULIN N 129 95 34 267
MEGESTROL ACETATE 128 125 R 35 140
HUMULIN R 126 89 36 233
NOVOLIN R 126 71 36 109
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 124 89 38 51
LYRICA 118 94 39 69
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 116 113 40 62
LEVETIRACETAM 113 77 41 103
NOVOLIN N 111 56 42 255
MECLIZINE HCL 108 106 43 122
AZITHROMYCIN 108 76 43 38
INSULIN SYRINGE 107 77 45 86
CARVEDILOL 97 97 46 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 74 47 15
DIGOXIN 93 73 48 55
GLYBURIDE 91 85 R 49 58
LABETALOL HCL 89 59 50 180
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 89 83 50 66
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 88 68 52 93
VERAPAMIL ER 84 73 53 104
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 79 60 54 320
CLONIDINE 79 74 54 247
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 78 64 56 18
CLONIDINE HCL 77 58 57 39
LIPITOR 74 66 58 78
KLOR-CON M10 72 72 59 118
NASONEX 71 52 60 168
ACTONEL 68 66 61 149
SERTRALINE HCL 67 66 62 27
LANTUS 63 62 63 45
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 63 59 63 136
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 61 61 65 67
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 60 47 66 116
NAPROXEN 59 29 67 80
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 57 16 68 132
CYMBALTA 55 46 69 44
NITROFURANTOIN 55 50 69 241
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 54 47 71 88
SPIRIVA 53 52 72 79
FAMOTIDINE 53 40 72 75
SYNTHROID 53 53 72 52
PROPRANOLOL HCL 53 36 72 164
SUCRALFATE 52 48 76 187
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 51 40 77 12
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 May 22, 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.