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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,178Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 156 out of 2888

$1.07M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 185 out of 2888

516 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
39% 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

3% of this provider’s 516 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 516 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 16,009 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$62 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 910 859 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 678 633 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 618 609 3 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 596 587 4 14
OMEPRAZOLE 558 535 5 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 508 481 6 5
NAMENDA 462 434 7 34
TRAMADOL HCL 439 384 8 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 371 365 9 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 333 312 10 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 333 331 10 26
LISINOPRIL 304 273 12 3
METFORMIN HCL 304 287 12 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 297 285 14 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 245 231 15 10
SERTRALINE HCL 230 208 16 27
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 205 185 17 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 201 180 18 9
CRESTOR 198 162 19 20
ATENOLOL 195 195 20 25
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 186 186 21 23
GABAPENTIN 177 163 22 13
DIOVAN 175 175 23 35
NEXIUM 171 147 24 19
TRAZODONE HCL 168 146 25 43
AZITHROMYCIN 165 158 26 38
WARFARIN SODIUM 150 148 27 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 148 121 28 17
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 133 123 R 29 68
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 133 127 S3 29 4
MELOXICAM 128 106 31 31
ALLOPURINOL 126 121 32 37
SUCRALFATE 125 124 33 187
LANTUS 117 103 34 45
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 116 110 35 88
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 112 104 36 47
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 111 107 37 66
SPIRIVA 111 107 37 79
RAMIPRIL 106 99 39 73
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 103 81 40 33
CLONIDINE HCL 103 103 40 39
TAMSULOSIN HCL 100 96 42 29
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 99 93 43 15
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 98 95 44 51
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 93 93 45 46
CLOPIDOGREL 90 67 46 30
PREDNISONE 89 84 47 42
FAMOTIDINE 82 68 48 75
VYTORIN 79 78 49 155
BENAZEPRIL HCL 79 79 49 77
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 79 68 49 32
CYMBALTA 78 50 52 44
FLUOXETINE HCL 73 51 53 83
HYDRALAZINE HCL 72 70 54 59
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 65 54 28
CARVEDILOL 70 63 56 21
SPIRONOLACTONE 69 69 57 70
TRICOR 68 49 58 91
SEROQUEL 67 67 59 143
PLAVIX 67 60 59 40
CEFUROXIME 64 62 61 130
SINGULAIR 64 62 61 85
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 61 60 63 150
BYSTOLIC 59 53 64 99
DIOVAN HCT 59 57 64 61
JANUVIA 58 50 66 48
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 53 53 67 67
LOVASTATIN 52 49 68 41
FENOFIBRATE 52 43 68 65
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 52 52 68 146
LYRICA 52 36 68 69
ABILIFY 51 22 72 172
PROAIR HFA 50 47 73 71
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 50 36 73 100
BYETTA 50 43 73 322
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 9, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.