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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,036Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 110 out of 2888

$1.31M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 112 out of 2888

793 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
57% 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

2% of this provider’s 793 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 793 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 14,252 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

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 847 511 S3 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 815 686 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 762 605 3 1
LISINOPRIL 720 613 4 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 463 415 5 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 462 403 6 11
METFORMIN HCL 426 278 7 8
OMEPRAZOLE 401 306 8 7
CRESTOR 386 313 9 20
FUROSEMIDE 386 319 9 6
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 374 286 11 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 367 322 12 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 331 257 13 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 283 193 14 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 282 180 15 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 282 244 15 15
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 276 185 17 32
RANITIDINE HCL 240 189 18 56
TRAMADOL HCL 209 134 19 16
ATENOLOL 206 185 20 25
NEXIUM 185 106 21 19
SERTRALINE HCL 181 163 22 27
PROAIR HFA 180 105 23 71
BYSTOLIC 175 145 24 99
SINGULAIR 172 115 25 85
DIOVAN 172 140 25 35
GABAPENTIN 165 112 27 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 165 108 27 12
LOVASTATIN 164 134 29 41
ALLOPURINOL 163 155 30 37
CYMBALTA 160 72 31 44
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 154 128 32 46
TRAZODONE HCL 150 120 33 43
WARFARIN SODIUM 144 125 34 22
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 142 105 35 49
CLOPIDOGREL 141 119 36 30
PLAVIX 141 132 36 40
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 131 74 38 17
SPIRIVA 130 91 39 79
CARVEDILOL 128 119 40 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 126 102 41 14
DEXILANT 124 77 42 186
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 122 97 43 62
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 117 85 44 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 116 110 45 29
AZITHROMYCIN 113 81 46 38
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 109 84 47 47
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 104 89 48 51
ADVAIR DISKUS 101 66 49 60
DONEPEZIL HCL 100 90 50 26
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 94 74 51 63
PEN NEEDLE 93 63 52 110
IBUPROFEN 93 40 52 87
SPIRONOLACTONE 89 67 54 70
LIPITOR 86 74 55 78
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 84 55 56 153
GLIPIZIDE ER 83 48 57 107
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 51 58 28
NAMENDA 81 75 59 34
LANTUS 80 46 60 45
VESICARE 79 39 61 154
LYRICA 78 39 62 69
MELOXICAM 75 48 63 31
INSULIN SYRINGE 72 51 64 86
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 71 34 R 65 68
DIOVAN HCT 68 32 66 61
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 68 61 66 124
LIDODERM 66 42 68 105
EVISTA 62 62 69 125
SYNTHROID 61 47 70 52
ATELVIA 61 44 70 201
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 60 40 72 67
EXFORGE 57 56 73 159
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 54 31 R 74 74
PREDNISONE 54 37 74 42
LEXAPRO 53 34 76 198
NIASPAN 51 47 77 127
GLIPIZIDE XL 50 43 78 205
LEVETIRACETAM 50 26 78 103
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 Oct. 28, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.