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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,732Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1171 out of 2888

$380K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1157 out of 2888

487 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
36% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 487 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 4,663 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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
LISINOPRIL 277 224 1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 261 230 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 235 185 3 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 214 175 4 1
METFORMIN HCL 185 135 5 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 166 135 S3 6 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 161 125 7 10
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 154 114 8 112
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 129 120 9 28
MELOXICAM 125 91 10 31
OMEPRAZOLE 109 99 11 7
GLIMEPIRIDE 105 89 12 36
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 100 65 13 17
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 98 83 14 12
FUROSEMIDE 85 73 15 6
TAMSULOSIN HCL 82 71 16 29
ATENOLOL 73 64 17 25
PROAIR HFA 72 62 18 71
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 71 64 19 9
LANTUS 66 46 20 45
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 54 20 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 63 56 22 22
CLOPIDOGREL 60 59 23 30
CRESTOR 60 56 23 20
LEVOFLOXACIN 59 43 25 57
CARVEDILOL 59 49 25 21
CLONIDINE HCL 57 50 27 39
GABAPENTIN 56 36 28 13
NEXIUM 55 51 29 19
PAROXETINE HCL 55 40 29 84
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 8, 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.