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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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51,864Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 2888

$3.64M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 2888

1,661 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
80% 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 1,661 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 1,661 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 38,061 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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 2,217 1,798 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,967 1,044 S3 2 4
FUROSEMIDE 1,914 1,609 3 6
LISINOPRIL 1,655 1,273 4 3
GABAPENTIN 1,229 856 5 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,207 960 6 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 1,042 864 7 14
SIMVASTATIN 1,042 819 7 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,005 812 9 10
OMEPRAZOLE 963 742 10 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 900 887 11 26
NAMENDA 700 676 12 34
CYMBALTA 678 455 13 44
KLOR-CON M20 614 519 10 14 90
METFORMIN HCL 574 385 15 8
CLOPIDOGREL 574 449 15 30
TRAMADOL HCL 568 369 17 16
MIRTAZAPINE 527 456 18 54
WARFARIN SODIUM 522 377 19 22
LANTUS 497 328 20 45
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 495 442 21 23
CRESTOR 468 261 22 20
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 458 284 23 66
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 457 293 24 15
SERTRALINE HCL 453 365 25 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 452 376 26 24
RISPERIDONE 435 351 27 72
OLANZAPINE 427 338 28 137
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 418 274 29 62
TAMSULOSIN HCL 413 324 30 29
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 407 296 31 12
MELOXICAM 400 279 32 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 382 314 33 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 377 226 34 17
LEVETIRACETAM 360 211 35 103
PLAVIX 354 276 36 40
NOVOLIN R 344 268 37 109
NEXIUM 344 195 37 19
ATENOLOL 325 299 39 25
PREDNISONE 323 272 40 42
ABILIFY 315 170 41 172
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 306 257 42 9
CARVEDILOL 302 247 43 21
CLONIDINE HCL 292 199 44 39
ADVAIR DISKUS 270 190 45 60
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 268 208 46 33
LYRICA 268 125 46 69
LEVEMIR 268 208 46 135
FENTANYL 266 175 S2 49 126
SUCRALFATE 254 201 50 187
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 253 218 51 113
PROMETHAZINE HCL 252 134 R 52 96
JANUVIA 247 149 53 48
TRAZODONE HCL 235 178 54 43
DIGOXIN 232 215 55 55
CELEBREX 229 160 56 89
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 228 190 57 49
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 227 191 58 150
FENOFIBRATE 220 124 59 65
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 219 102 60 128
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 216 181 61 51
ALLOPURINOL 214 189 62 37
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 213 171 63 132
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 212 88 R 64 68
LEVOFLOXACIN 209 157 65 57
PAROXETINE HCL 207 159 66 84
FAMOTIDINE 200 158 67 75
DIOVAN 197 159 68 35
BACLOFEN 197 71 68 121
RANITIDINE HCL 190 136 70 56
GLYBURIDE 186 139 R 71 58
NIFEDIPINE ER 180 136 72 76
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 180 150 72 47
KLOR-CON M10 180 169 72 118
GEMFIBROZIL 176 125 75 98
NOVOLOG 176 134 75 114
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 170 128 77 88
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 165 96 R 78 191
NYSTATIN 164 124 79 178
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 163 144 80 145
SEROQUEL 159 95 81 143
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 159 140 81 28
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 157 68 83 185
IBUPROFEN 155 109 84 87
BUSPIRONE HCL 152 92 85 148
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 144 111 86 32
RAMIPRIL 140 122 87 73
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 136 100 88 100
AZITHROMYCIN 132 103 89 38
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 132 117 89 162
JANUMET 130 87 91 131
SPIRIVA 130 96 91 79
CEFTRIAXONE 129 89 93 281
CARBAMAZEPINE 127 72 94 217
LEXAPRO 127 96 94 198
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 126 98 96 146
HALOPERIDOL 123 67 97 282
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 122 76 98 116
FLUOXETINE HCL 122 82 98 83
LACTULOSE 122 92 98 111
ROPINIROLE HCL 120 100 101 115
NIASPAN 119 82 102 127
AMIODARONE HCL 119 99 102 167
INSULIN SYRINGE 119 62 102 86
PROAIR HFA 119 67 102 71
SPIRONOLACTONE 116 71 106 70
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 116 105 106 93
SINGULAIR 116 56 106 85
GLIPIZIDE 116 104 106 50
ACTOS 115 73 110 108
DETROL LA 113 69 111 192
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 110 75 112 120
TOPIRAMATE 108 75 113 206
SYMBICORT 106 66 114 142
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 106 66 R 114 381
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 106 98 114 18
BYSTOLIC 105 78 117 99
LOVASTATIN 104 79 118 41
LAMOTRIGINE 101 74 119 257
VANCOMYCIN HCL 100 52 120 391
DIOVAN HCT 99 78 121 61
PHENYTOIN 98 62 122 302
HYDRALAZINE HCL 97 75 123 59
METRONIDAZOLE 97 64 123 256
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 96 68 125 112
CLONIDINE 96 65 125 247
LIDOCAINE HCL 91 67 127 297
ONGLYZA 91 79 127 210
METFORMIN HCL ER 89 80 129 53
CEPHALEXIN 89 72 129 119
NITROFURANTOIN 88 71 131 241
TIZANIDINE HCL 87 51 132 133
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 86 48 R 133 74
EXELON 81 68 134 106
HUMALOG 80 45 135 166
PEN NEEDLE 79 52 136 110
DILTIAZEM HCL 78 78 137 236
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 77 33 138 153
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 76 41 S2 139 229
MEGESTROL ACETATE 76 73 R 139 140
METHOTREXATE 76 40 139 207
BENAZEPRIL HCL 75 72 142 77
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 75 36 142 124
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 74 57 144 134
ESTRADIOL 73 54 R 145 139
NYSTOP 71 58 146 334
NOVOLIN 70-30 71 38 146 144
BUPROPION XL 69 49 148 212
PROPRANOLOL HCL 68 39 149 164
DEXILANT 68 29 149 186
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 68 52 149 156
LOVAZA 67 36 152 97
VENTOLIN HFA 66 21 153 173
LATANOPROST 65 54 154 197
ENABLEX 64 56 155 269
METHADONE HCL 61 0 S2 156 216
TRILIPIX 61 37 156 160
TERAZOSIN HCL 61 35 156 152
SANTYL 61 42 156 210
VOLTAREN 61 50 156 157
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 60 35 161 123
PREMARIN 60 51 R 161 129
NITROSTAT 59 47 163 240
GLIMEPIRIDE 59 59 163 36
BENICAR 59 34 163 138
CALCIUM ACETATE 59 39 163 337
HUMULIN R 58 36 167 233
AMITIZA 58 39 167 296
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 58 35 167 92
LIDODERM 58 36 167 105
FORTEO 56 56 171 292
SEROQUEL XR 56 0 171 271
BUPROPION HCL SR 55 45 173 231
ZETIA 54 37 174 81
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 52 174 46
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 54 46 174 67
HYDROXYZINE HCL 52 34 R 177 174
VESICARE 51 18 178 154
METHOCARBAMOL 51 15 R 178 176
NIFEDICAL XL 50 25 180 190
FLUCONAZOLE 50 25 180 199
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 Aug. 19, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.