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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,224Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1273 out of 2888

$300K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1458 out of 2888

347 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
68% 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

3% of this provider’s 347 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 347 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 4,508 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

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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 201 198 1 1
LISINOPRIL 192 176 2 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 169 130 S3 3 4
FUROSEMIDE 152 141 4 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 136 127 5 22
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 135 118 6 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 133 104 7 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 100 89 8 9
NAMENDA 91 91 9 34
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 91 86 9 33
CARVEDILOL 85 82 11 21
OMEPRAZOLE 80 78 12 7
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 80 67 12 171
CITALOPRAM HBR 79 73 14 24
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 79 75 14 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 79 60 14 15
MIRTAZAPINE 77 77 17 54
SIMVASTATIN 76 69 18 2
CLOPIDOGREL 73 65 19 30
DONEPEZIL HCL 70 70 20 26
METFORMIN HCL 69 57 21 8
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 64 54 22 156
KLOR-CON M20 59 59 23 90
CYMBALTA 54 42 24 44
TAMSULOSIN HCL 53 43 25 29
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 51 45 26 14
MELOXICAM 51 47 26 31
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 July 20, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.