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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,684Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 85 out of 2888

$959K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 236 out of 2888

567 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
69% 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

37% of this provider’s 567 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 13,914 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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 1,229 659 S3 1 4
LISINOPRIL 884 607 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 805 667 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 722 491 4 1
SIMVASTATIN 632 452 5 2
OMEPRAZOLE 608 462 6 7
FUROSEMIDE 567 401 7 6
METFORMIN HCL 509 329 8 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 489 361 9 10
LOVASTATIN 486 381 10 41
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 387 317 11 15
CLONIDINE HCL 381 278 12 39
CITALOPRAM HBR 309 203 13 24
WARFARIN SODIUM 284 164 14 22
ATENOLOL 277 162 15 25
NEXIUM 265 144 16 19
GABAPENTIN 257 172 17 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 232 170 18 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 223 124 19 17
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 216 138 20 28
SERTRALINE HCL 211 150 21 27
DONEPEZIL HCL 208 197 22 26
MELOXICAM 195 119 23 31
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 185 152 24 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 176 140 25 29
GLIMEPIRIDE 176 141 25 36
NAPROXEN 170 102 27 80
PREDNISONE 165 110 28 42
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 165 100 28 33
CARVEDILOL 164 108 30 21
TRAZODONE HCL 160 81 31 43
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 158 142 32 23
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 142 60 R 33 68
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 134 65 34 49
CLOPIDOGREL 134 91 34 30
RISPERIDONE 132 76 36 72
CARISOPRODOL 121 19 R 37 82
ALLOPURINOL 121 93 37 37
AZITHROMYCIN 120 83 39 38
HYDRALAZINE HCL 119 85 40 59
JANUVIA 114 103 41 48
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 112 83 42 11
DIGOXIN 108 84 43 55
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 108 85 43 32
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 107 84 45 51
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 106 43 46 62
LANTUS 104 51 47 45
TRILIPIX 103 74 48 160
LEVETIRACETAM 103 56 48 103
GLYBURIDE 101 54 R 50 58
MIRTAZAPINE 98 76 51 54
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 95 66 52 9
CRESTOR 95 41 52 20
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 94 33 54 66
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 93 63 55 12
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 90 62 R 56 191
PROAIR HFA 88 59 57 71
PLAVIX 88 79 57 40
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 82 53 R 59 74
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 81 75 60 134
NOVOLOG 79 22 61 114
AMIODARONE HCL 78 65 62 167
GLIPIZIDE 78 47 62 50
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 76 70 64 188
FAMOTIDINE 76 45 64 75
ZETIA 75 59 66 81
LYRICA 74 38 67 69
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 73 44 R 68 64
VYTORIN 72 47 69 155
VENTOLIN HFA 70 53 70 173
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 69 47 71 47
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 67 46 72 100
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 65 43 73 123
PAROXETINE HCL 64 34 74 84
IBUPROFEN 64 13 74 87
GEMFIBROZIL 64 41 74 98
LACTULOSE 63 43 77 111
RANITIDINE HCL 62 39 78 56
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 62 23 78 128
ACTOS 59 42 80 108
NIFEDIPINE ER 58 46 81 76
COMBIVENT 58 38 81 177
ADVAIR DISKUS 58 47 81 60
VERAPAMIL ER 56 52 84 104
TRICOR 55 23 85 91
FLUOXETINE HCL 53 24 86 83
PEN NEEDLE 53 28 86 110
LEVOFLOXACIN 53 36 86 57
INSULIN SYRINGE 52 24 89 86
DICYCLOMINE HCL 51 19 90 224
CYMBALTA 50 24 91 44
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 Nov. 4, 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.