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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,687Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 236 out of 2888

$867K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 296 out of 2888

312 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% 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

4% of this provider’s 312 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

37% of this provider’s 312 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 11,162 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

47 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
FUROSEMIDE 616 528 1 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 489 379 2 22
SIMVASTATIN 477 381 3 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 471 385 S3 4 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 434 365 5 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 380 304 6 1
NAMENDA 369 280 7 34
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 351 314 8 10
LISINOPRIL 307 264 9 3
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 294 226 10 66
CITALOPRAM HBR 286 229 11 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 276 235 12 26
TRAMADOL HCL 243 216 13 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 239 217 14 14
NOVOLIN R 210 177 15 109
METFORMIN HCL 202 132 16 8
GABAPENTIN 185 153 17 13
OMEPRAZOLE 179 160 18 7
SERTRALINE HCL 177 128 19 27
NOVOLIN N 170 69 20 255
CARVEDILOL 166 114 21 21
MIRTAZAPINE 154 134 22 54
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 149 110 23 9
CLOPIDOGREL 143 128 24 30
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 130 84 25 32
GLIPIZIDE 125 97 26 50
LANTUS 125 81 26 45
LEVETIRACETAM 124 63 28 103
RISPERIDONE 121 78 29 72
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 120 94 30 51
PREDNISONE 120 104 30 42
NOVOLOG 119 58 32 114
TRAZODONE HCL 116 58 33 43
CYMBALTA 114 78 34 44
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 110 67 35 100
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 106 89 36 11
FAMOTIDINE 105 78 37 75
DIGOXIN 104 90 38 55
SEROQUEL 102 73 39 143
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 98 97 40 188
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 97 81 41 150
RAMIPRIL 96 75 42 73
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 94 80 43 113
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 93 82 44 62
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 92 84 45 12
HYDRALAZINE HCL 92 76 45 59
KLOR-CON M10 91 87 47 118
FLUOXETINE HCL 86 47 48 83
PLAVIX 82 69 49 40
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 79 72 50 134
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 79 46 50 132
DIOVAN 78 54 52 35
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 77 60 53 171
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 75 44 54 17
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 75 51 54 123
CLONIDINE HCL 75 70 54 39
TAMSULOSIN HCL 72 54 57 29
KLOR-CON M20 72 56 57 90
EXELON 69 47 59 106
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 68 30 60 116
LIDODERM 64 54 61 105
LEVOFLOXACIN 64 52 61 57
SANTYL 60 45 63 210
NEXIUM 60 31 63 19
SUCRALFATE 59 48 65 187
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 47 65 15
LYRICA 58 40 67 69
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 57 57 68 156
SINGULAIR 55 36 69 85
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 54 54 70 33
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 54 46 70 23
LEVEMIR 50 27 72 135
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 March 7, 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.