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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,269Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 82 out of 2888

$1.49M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 77 out of 2888

761 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
87% 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 761 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 761 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 18,386 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$70 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
SIMVASTATIN 871 776 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 788 692 2 1
METFORMIN HCL 778 660 3 8
OMEPRAZOLE 663 569 4 7
LISINOPRIL 637 585 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 484 438 6 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 468 321 S3 7 4
NAMENDA 393 380 8 34
FUROSEMIDE 363 347 9 6
TRAMADOL HCL 339 328 10 16
MIRTAZAPINE 338 314 11 54
PAROXETINE HCL 326 293 12 84
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 323 296 13 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 314 268 14 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 303 299 15 23
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 283 218 16 46
GABAPENTIN 273 246 17 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 266 237 18 11
LACTULOSE 262 220 19 111
DONEPEZIL HCL 253 250 20 26
LANTUS 248 228 21 45
NEXIUM 230 182 22 19
CLOPIDOGREL 212 187 23 30
AZITHROMYCIN 209 169 24 38
NOVOLIN R 207 206 25 109
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 194 165 26 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 192 178 27 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 189 182 28 22
FAMOTIDINE 167 131 29 75
TAMSULOSIN HCL 163 143 30 29
LEVEMIR 159 149 31 135
NAPROXEN 157 124 32 80
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 155 144 33 88
JANUVIA 149 123 34 48
SERTRALINE HCL 145 123 35 27
IBUPROFEN 145 103 35 87
RISPERIDONE 143 136 37 72
PLAVIX 141 136 38 40
RANITIDINE HCL 141 126 38 56
CARVEDILOL 137 127 40 21
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 129 115 41 62
EXELON 128 125 42 106
TRAZODONE HCL 125 99 43 43
MEGESTROL ACETATE 124 124 R 44 140
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 123 113 45 15
LYRICA 121 83 46 69
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115 108 47 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 112 102 48 9
DIGOXIN 111 103 49 55
CYMBALTA 111 77 49 44
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 110 78 51 136
GLUCAGEN 106 102 52 288
ATENOLOL 105 99 53 25
CITALOPRAM HBR 103 84 54 24
ACTOS 100 90 55 108
CRESTOR 96 89 56 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 96 84 56 33
GLYBURIDE 93 77 R 58 58
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 92 92 59 66
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 90 82 60 47
SINGULAIR 88 63 61 85
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 84 83 62 113
BENICAR 84 71 62 138
DETROL LA 82 68 64 192
DIOVAN 80 78 65 35
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 80 65 R 65 64
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 79 69 67 100
GEMFIBROZIL 78 58 68 98
ADVAIR DISKUS 77 68 69 60
AVODART 76 76 70 151
NOVOLOG 75 58 71 114
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 75 65 71 67
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 74 62 73 12
CELEBREX 70 58 74 89
VOLTAREN 70 36 74 157
BENICAR HCT 70 68 74 181
MELOXICAM 69 48 77 31
ACTONEL 68 63 78 149
AMITIZA 66 61 79 296
METHOTREXATE 62 51 80 207
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 62 56 80 134
SPIRONOLACTONE 60 46 82 70
LEXAPRO 59 52 83 198
JANUMET 58 43 84 131
DIOVAN HCT 58 39 84 61
TRICOR 57 51 86 91
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 56 56 87 93
PROMETHAZINE HCL 55 41 R 88 96
TEGRETOL XR 54 49 89 575
CEPHALEXIN 53 44 90 119
BYSTOLIC 52 49 91 99
HYDRALAZINE HCL 52 50 91 59
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 50 39 93 112
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 22, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.