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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,898Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 95 out of 2888

$1.11M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 163 out of 2888

498 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
59%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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

3% of this provider’s 498 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

41% of this provider’s 498 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 11,748 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 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
SIMVASTATIN 992 517 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 976 483 S3 2 4
FUROSEMIDE 715 461 3 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 586 435 4 5
LISINOPRIL 578 306 5 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 541 308 6 1
GABAPENTIN 533 288 7 13
TRAMADOL HCL 409 264 8 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 355 171 9 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 333 313 10 26
LANTUS 317 194 11 45
OMEPRAZOLE 312 131 12 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 280 192 13 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 280 150 13 11
METFORMIN HCL 265 87 15 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 257 179 16 22
TAMSULOSIN HCL 252 155 17 29
RANITIDINE HCL 238 147 18 56
NEXIUM 236 92 19 19
NOVOLIN R 224 121 20 109
TRICOR 222 80 21 91
GLIPIZIDE 216 141 22 50
CLONIDINE HCL 215 117 23 39
CLOPIDOGREL 213 163 24 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 211 131 25 24
CARVEDILOL 207 148 26 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 192 121 27 23
NAMENDA 189 188 28 34
FAMOTIDINE 181 127 29 75
TRAZODONE HCL 150 79 30 43
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 150 76 30 116
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 148 77 32 17
CARISOPRODOL 148 14 R 32 82
NIFEDIPINE ER 140 48 34 76
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 140 109 34 9
RAMIPRIL 139 90 36 73
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 132 94 37 51
LEVETIRACETAM 127 52 38 103
HYDRALAZINE HCL 124 81 39 59
LEVOFLOXACIN 122 83 40 57
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 122 97 40 66
PLAVIX 119 98 42 40
CYMBALTA 119 92 42 44
MIRTAZAPINE 117 90 44 54
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 116 101 45 62
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 112 66 46 33
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 110 49 R 47 68
DIGOXIN 105 96 48 55
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 103 49 49 100
PREDNISONE 100 74 50 42
HUMULIN R 100 86 50 233
LYRICA 99 50 52 69
JANTOVEN 98 74 53 163
SPIRONOLACTONE 98 41 53 70
INSULIN SYRINGE 97 50 55 86
GLYBURIDE 89 31 R 56 58
LACTULOSE 87 53 57 111
NOVOLIN 70-30 83 39 58 144
FENOFIBRATE 82 45 59 65
SERTRALINE HCL 82 60 59 27
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 82 43 59 32
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 75 32 62 113
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 75 29 62 128
ADVAIR DISKUS 74 45 64 60
KLOR-CON M20 73 50 65 90
LIDODERM 72 22 66 105
KLOR-CON M10 71 47 67 118
SEROQUEL 67 51 68 143
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 67 54 68 150
NOVOLOG 65 40 70 114
CEPHALEXIN 64 35 71 119
LIPITOR 64 47 71 78
ATENOLOL 63 45 73 25
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 63 49 73 124
PROMETHAZINE HCL 61 26 R 75 96
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 60 41 R 76 74
BACLOFEN 60 15 76 121
ZETIA 60 34 76 81
ABILIFY 60 0 76 172
GLIPIZIDE XL 58 36 80 205
OLANZAPINE 58 47 80 137
GLUCAGEN 58 47 80 288
LEVEMIR 57 14 83 135
ROPINIROLE HCL 57 16 83 115
GENERLAC 56 38 85 318
SPIRIVA 56 45 85 79
DIOVAN 55 27 87 35
DETROL LA 51 15 88 192
RISPERIDONE 51 23 88 72
FLUOXETINE HCL 50 11 90 83
CARBAMAZEPINE 50 37 90 217
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 42 90 15
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 13, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.