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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,214Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 71 out of 2888

$1.41M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 83 out of 2888

769 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%Patients 65 Years and Older
85% 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 769 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 769 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 16,409 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

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 692 541 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 674 525 2 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 627 491 3 5
SIMVASTATIN 578 479 4 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 568 369 S3 5 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 491 419 6 14
LISINOPRIL 455 334 7 3
METFORMIN HCL 412 294 8 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 376 298 9 10
EXELON 369 279 10 106
DONEPEZIL HCL 365 351 11 26
TRAZODONE HCL 352 252 12 43
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 348 240 13 11
NAMENDA 309 299 14 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 308 278 15 24
TRAMADOL HCL 301 212 16 16
GABAPENTIN 296 157 17 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 293 219 18 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 255 145 19 9
OMEPRAZOLE 247 151 20 7
SERTRALINE HCL 240 186 21 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 232 122 22 17
HYDRALAZINE HCL 216 184 23 59
PREDNISONE 214 138 24 42
NOVOLIN R 207 165 25 109
LANTUS 204 155 26 45
TAMSULOSIN HCL 201 165 27 29
KLOR-CON M20 197 165 28 90
CLONIDINE HCL 195 152 29 39
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 188 154 30 23
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 186 133 31 33
AZITHROMYCIN 185 120 32 38
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 176 172 33 100
NEXIUM 169 81 34 19
CYMBALTA 168 118 35 44
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 164 119 36 15
MIRTAZAPINE 164 141 36 54
LEVOFLOXACIN 152 107 38 57
OLANZAPINE 148 129 39 137
GLIMEPIRIDE 141 97 40 36
RISPERIDONE 137 90 41 72
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 136 108 42 128
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 131 107 43 62
NOVOLOG 131 77 43 114
DIOVAN 129 118 45 35
ATENOLOL 128 106 46 25
DIGOXIN 126 126 47 55
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 125 49 R 48 68
CARVEDILOL 124 111 49 21
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 123 102 50 185
CEFUROXIME 120 82 51 130
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 119 98 52 47
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 111 102 53 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 110 86 54 18
KLOR-CON M10 108 97 55 118
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 108 68 55 92
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 106 78 57 183
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 104 75 58 188
LYRICA 98 58 59 69
CLOPIDOGREL 98 81 59 30
RAMIPRIL 95 76 61 73
PHENYTOIN 93 43 62 302
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 92 53 63 101
PROMETHAZINE HCL 92 47 R 63 96
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 91 62 R 65 191
CRESTOR 91 58 65 20
PLAVIX 90 68 67 40
LACTULOSE 89 69 68 111
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 88 61 69 32
FLUOXETINE HCL 86 66 70 83
MELOXICAM 86 67 70 31
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 85 57 72 134
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 83 63 73 51
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 82 54 74 88
FAMOTIDINE 82 67 74 75
MUPIROCIN 81 59 76 184
CEPHALEXIN 80 51 77 119
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 80 69 77 93
SINGULAIR 77 37 79 85
JANUVIA 76 61 80 48
BETHANECHOL CHLORIDE 76 63 80 462
NAPROXEN 72 49 82 80
GLIPIZIDE 68 52 83 50
DILANTIN 67 27 84 326
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 67 41 84 171
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 66 58 86 150
LIDODERM 65 53 87 105
ABILIFY 63 54 88 172
CLONIDINE 62 45 89 247
NITROSTAT 62 31 89 240
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 61 47 91 132
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 61 61 91 94
LEVEMIR 60 42 93 135
ROPINIROLE HCL 60 57 93 115
ZETIA 60 47 93 81
MINOCYCLINE HCL 57 41 96 380
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 57 57 96 49
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 57 38 96 116
BACLOFEN 56 34 99 121
TRAVATAN Z 55 43 100 239
LATANOPROST 55 55 100 197
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 34 102 28
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 52 43 103 66
AGGRENOX 51 51 104 223
SPIRIVA 50 37 105 79
BENAZEPRIL HCL 50 23 105 77
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 Dec. 21, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.