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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,903Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 44 out of 2888

$1.46M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 79 out of 2888

893 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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

2% of this provider’s 893 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 893 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 20,954 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 1,109 782 S3 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,029 913 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,023 875 3 5
LISINOPRIL 850 741 4 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 746 638 5 12
METFORMIN HCL 730 641 6 8
SIMVASTATIN 694 633 7 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 689 605 8 11
OMEPRAZOLE 614 519 9 7
NAMENDA 512 502 10 34
NEXIUM 506 401 11 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 452 448 12 26
TRAMADOL HCL 356 297 13 16
DIOVAN 350 333 14 35
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 342 298 15 51
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 322 292 16 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 319 270 17 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 303 271 18 14
FUROSEMIDE 291 265 19 6
CLONIDINE HCL 254 179 20 39
MELOXICAM 247 211 21 31
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 237 187 22 49
GABAPENTIN 231 167 23 13
SERTRALINE HCL 222 209 24 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 216 192 25 9
CARVEDILOL 208 163 26 21
LANTUS 207 154 27 45
TAMSULOSIN HCL 204 191 28 29
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 201 180 29 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 198 182 30 18
AZITHROMYCIN 198 168 30 38
WARFARIN SODIUM 181 146 32 22
CLOPIDOGREL 179 156 33 30
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 179 103 33 128
RAMIPRIL 178 154 35 73
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 175 154 36 47
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 170 166 37 28
JANUVIA 167 122 38 48
INSULIN SYRINGE 166 83 39 86
RISPERIDONE 165 163 40 72
DIOVAN HCT 164 144 41 61
CRESTOR 159 128 42 20
GLIPIZIDE ER 133 110 43 107
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 131 130 44 23
PLAVIX 122 101 45 40
ATENOLOL 119 115 46 25
MIRTAZAPINE 113 113 47 54
DIGOXIN 108 90 48 55
DEXILANT 105 103 49 186
AVODART 103 100 50 151
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 100 80 51 141
EVISTA 100 100 51 125
SPIRONOLACTONE 99 80 53 70
LEVOFLOXACIN 98 79 54 57
BUMETANIDE 98 89 54 203
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 98 91 54 66
GEMFIBROZIL 97 80 57 98
NOVOLOG 97 67 57 114
FENTANYL 95 95 S2 59 126
METFORMIN HCL ER 94 69 60 53
PREDNISONE 93 85 61 42
PAROXETINE HCL 92 86 62 84
EXFORGE 90 85 63 159
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 87 66 64 112
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 85 58 65 63
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 84 80 66 62
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 82 55 R 67 64
TERAZOSIN HCL 81 68 68 152
GLIPIZIDE 77 74 69 50
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 77 77 69 113
PROPRANOLOL HCL 76 70 71 164
PENTOXIFYLLINE 76 61 71 286
EXELON 74 74 73 106
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 74 68 73 33
LANSOPRAZOLE 72 69 75 213
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 72 59 75 100
GLIMEPIRIDE 70 53 77 36
GLYBURIDE 68 30 R 78 58
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 67 57 79 32
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 67 57 79 116
NAPROXEN 67 42 79 80
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 63 79 46
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 66 52 S3 83 147
LIPITOR 65 61 84 78
ADVAIR DISKUS 63 46 85 60
MUPIROCIN 61 52 86 184
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 61 58 86 183
CHLORTHALIDONE 60 57 88 232
BYSTOLIC 59 57 89 99
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 59 89 193
ONGLYZA 59 47 89 210
VESICARE 59 53 89 154
METRONIDAZOLE 56 46 93 256
VERAPAMIL ER 55 40 94 104
LEVEMIR 54 39 95 135
RIVASTIGMINE 54 54 95 335
RANITIDINE HCL 54 43 95 56
LEVETIRACETAM 53 15 98 103
CITALOPRAM HBR 52 40 99 24
CYMBALTA 52 42 99 44
LACTULOSE 51 47 101 111
MECLIZINE HCL 50 49 102 122
BETAMETHASONE VALERATE 50 43 102 602
JANUMET 50 39 102 131
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 May 9, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.