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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,526Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 78 out of 2888

$988K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 221 out of 2888

638 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
51% 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

4% of this provider’s 638 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 638 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 17,526 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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 1,277 813 S3 1 4
FUROSEMIDE 748 598 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 719 618 3 1
SIMVASTATIN 718 614 4 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 684 561 5 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 548 481 6 5
LISINOPRIL 481 423 7 3
OMEPRAZOLE 438 359 8 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 342 306 9 10
RANITIDINE HCL 328 248 10 56
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 323 295 11 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 316 297 12 26
CITALOPRAM HBR 304 260 13 24
CARVEDILOL 299 257 14 21
ATENOLOL 291 252 15 25
TRAMADOL HCL 277 231 16 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 263 207 17 17
NEXIUM 220 161 18 19
GLIPIZIDE 216 190 19 50
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 208 178 20 63
SERTRALINE HCL 206 175 21 27
MELOXICAM 205 176 22 31
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 192 181 23 51
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 191 117 R 24 74
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 191 154 24 18
CLONIDINE HCL 179 157 26 39
BENAZEPRIL HCL 175 152 27 77
WARFARIN SODIUM 174 162 28 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 174 134 28 11
NAMENDA 173 165 30 34
METFORMIN HCL 168 148 31 8
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 168 139 31 33
GABAPENTIN 165 118 33 13
CLOPIDOGREL 160 135 34 30
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 160 150 34 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 153 97 36 29
AZITHROMYCIN 148 118 37 38
ALLOPURINOL 146 125 38 37
PREDNISONE 144 123 39 42
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 127 94 40 88
PLAVIX 126 90 41 40
INSULIN SYRINGE 125 75 42 86
TRAZODONE HCL 122 83 43 43
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 120 96 44 9
DIGOXIN 115 115 45 55
DIOVAN 110 97 46 35
NAPROXEN 109 94 47 80
GLIMEPIRIDE 107 89 48 36
MIRTAZAPINE 106 92 49 54
DILTIAZEM HCL 104 104 50 236
PAROXETINE HCL 103 88 51 84
PROMETHAZINE HCL 99 25 R 52 96
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 97 79 53 23
SPIRONOLACTONE 94 72 54 70
TORSEMIDE 91 83 55 158
KLOR-CON 10 90 51 56 195
CEPHALEXIN 89 68 57 119
SYNTHROID 89 77 57 52
AMOXICILLIN 89 67 57 117
VERAPAMIL ER 86 77 60 104
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 83 34 R 61 68
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 82 63 62 62
ESTRADIOL 82 54 R 62 139
BUMETANIDE 81 76 64 203
RISPERIDONE 79 79 65 72
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 76 73 66 124
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 76 66 66 93
PROAIR HFA 75 48 68 71
LANTUS 74 51 69 45
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 73 63 70 66
ROPINIROLE HCL 73 47 70 115
CELEBREX 69 58 72 89
IBUPROFEN 69 44 72 87
VENTOLIN HFA 69 56 72 173
SPIRIVA 68 63 75 79
DILTIAZEM ER 68 54 75 182
PREMARIN 67 64 R 77 129
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 65 65 78 49
ADVAIR DISKUS 64 59 79 60
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 48 80 28
HYDRALAZINE HCL 62 47 81 59
LEVOFLOXACIN 62 52 81 57
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 61 57 83 94
LANSOPRAZOLE 60 59 84 213
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 60 36 84 128
CYMBALTA 57 43 86 44
LEVEMIR 57 31 86 135
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 56 39 88 146
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 56 50 88 356
NOVOLIN 70-30 56 42 88 144
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 54 52 91 47
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 54 34 91 116
TRICOR 53 36 93 91
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 53 46 93 185
LOVASTATIN 52 52 95 41
FLUCONAZOLE 51 44 96 199
DIOVAN HCT 51 51 96 61
FINASTERIDE 51 50 96 102
PEN NEEDLE 50 37 99 110
MEGESTROL ACETATE 50 49 R 99 140
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 24, 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.