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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,681Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1004 out of 2888

$413K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1063 out of 2888

489 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
40% 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

17% of this provider’s 489 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 6,554 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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 411 406 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 372 366 2 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 371 362 S3 3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 273 273 4 1
LISINOPRIL 254 254 5 3
OMEPRAZOLE 219 214 6 7
METFORMIN HCL 175 168 7 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 127 125 8 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 120 120 9 24
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 117 115 10 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 113 11 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 107 102 12 9
CARVEDILOL 105 101 13 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 104 99 14 22
FUROSEMIDE 103 95 15 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 91 88 16 18
GABAPENTIN 81 76 17 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 79 79 18 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 77 77 19 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 76 76 20 14
NAMENDA 71 71 21 34
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 69 69 22 32
DIOVAN 68 64 23 35
TRAMADOL HCL 66 65 24 16
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 66 66 24 23
HYDRALAZINE HCL 63 63 26 59
SERTRALINE HCL 63 57 26 27
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 61 28 60
TRAZODONE HCL 58 58 29 43
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 31, 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.