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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,573Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 143 out of 2888

$1.34M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 100 out of 2888

533 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
57%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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

19% of this provider’s 533 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 11,147 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$76 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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 879 516 1 3
OMEPRAZOLE 667 461 2 7
SIMVASTATIN 643 485 3 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 544 345 S3 4 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 481 357 5 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 457 275 6 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 418 256 7 10
JANUVIA 405 301 8 48
GABAPENTIN 396 195 9 13
FUROSEMIDE 360 200 10 6
ATENOLOL 351 258 11 25
METFORMIN HCL ER 341 185 12 53
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 337 225 13 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 307 174 14 17
TRAMADOL HCL 301 179 15 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 301 228 15 15
FELODIPINE ER 293 212 17 175
PEN NEEDLE 283 159 18 110
KLOR-CON 10 280 205 19 195
WARFARIN SODIUM 248 151 20 22
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 239 106 R 21 68
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 221 144 22 23
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 209 143 23 92
SERTRALINE HCL 203 112 24 27
NEXIUM 203 146 24 19
GLIPIZIDE ER 196 133 26 107
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 194 96 27 156
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 193 134 28 5
CRESTOR 188 94 29 20
PROAIR HFA 169 112 30 71
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 162 113 31 9
PREDNISONE 151 123 32 42
MELOXICAM 149 90 33 31
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 144 101 34 28
CYMBALTA 139 48 35 44
RANITIDINE HCL 136 89 36 56
ALLOPURINOL 131 80 37 37
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 131 79 37 171
CLOPIDOGREL 119 72 39 30
METFORMIN HCL 115 82 40 8
IBUPROFEN 113 56 41 87
METHOCARBAMOL 109 38 R 42 176
BUSPIRONE HCL 109 50 42 148
LANTUS 108 66 44 45
SINGULAIR 106 69 45 85
CLONIDINE HCL 105 63 46 39
NIFEDIPINE ER 104 80 47 76
PLAVIX 104 63 47 40
EVISTA 100 85 49 125
SYMBICORT 100 63 49 142
SPIRIVA 98 69 51 79
DIOVAN 98 74 51 35
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 96 67 53 33
CARVEDILOL 94 52 54 21
TRAZODONE HCL 93 34 55 43
HYDROXYZINE HCL 92 42 R 56 174
AZITHROMYCIN 92 60 56 38
VENTOLIN HFA 77 50 58 173
SUCRALFATE 77 33 58 187
CELEBREX 74 56 60 89
SPIRONOLACTONE 71 48 61 70
DILTIAZEM ER 70 53 62 182
NAPROXEN 68 15 63 80
PREMARIN 67 56 R 64 129
LIPITOR 66 45 65 78
INSULIN SYRINGE 64 15 66 86
TAMSULOSIN HCL 62 39 67 29
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 62 32 67 153
LYRICA 59 29 69 69
DETROL LA 57 53 70 192
ROPINIROLE HCL 56 41 71 115
PAROXETINE HCL 54 42 72 84
CALCITONIN-SALMON 53 48 73 284
PRAZOSIN HCL 53 36 73 470
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 51 28 75 116
GEMFIBROZIL 50 34 76 98
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 11, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.