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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,154Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1097 out of 2888

$230K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1743 out of 2888

332 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
47%Patients 65 Years and Older
84% 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

8% of this provider’s 332 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

7% of this provider’s 2,982 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

$37 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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 787 401 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 660 357 2 2
METFORMIN HCL 490 273 3 8
GLYBURIDE 306 216 R 4 58
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 286 143 5 5
NOVOLIN 70-30 181 59 6 144
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 151 69 7 18
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 150 87 8 1
FUROSEMIDE 150 73 8 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 145 29 S3 10 4
RANITIDINE HCL 144 54 11 56
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 131 57 12 15
ETODOLAC 125 60 13 170
TOPROL XL 123 61 14 274
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 123 54 14 11
IBUPROFEN 98 62 16 87
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 45 17 28
CRESTOR 89 22 18 20
CARVEDILOL 79 15 19 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 76 21 20 10
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 73 46 21 94
ATENOLOL 71 50 22 25
NEXIUM 71 34 22 19
ULTRA COMFORT 65 18 24 329
GABAPENTIN 62 11 25 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 59 39 26 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 53 34 27 24
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 52 51 28 63
NAPROXEN 51 23 29 80
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 31, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.