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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,796Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 74 out of 2888

$1.32M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 106 out of 2888

711 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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

2% of this provider’s 711 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 711 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 18,914 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 895 822 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 868 760 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 835 733 3 6
SIMVASTATIN 629 582 4 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 605 515 5 5
MIRTAZAPINE 460 421 6 54
WARFARIN SODIUM 413 342 7 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 413 401 7 10
NAMENDA 403 374 9 34
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 394 341 10 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 387 306 S3 11 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 385 370 12 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 329 311 13 11
METFORMIN HCL 299 257 14 8
OMEPRAZOLE 275 247 15 7
SERTRALINE HCL 262 227 16 27
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 258 227 17 100
CLOPIDOGREL 242 225 18 30
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 238 201 19 62
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 234 232 20 66
ATENOLOL 225 188 21 25
GABAPENTIN 220 171 22 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 215 178 23 15
AZITHROMYCIN 215 170 23 38
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 204 194 25 93
CITALOPRAM HBR 201 193 26 24
TRAZODONE HCL 195 170 27 43
CARVEDILOL 188 149 28 21
TRAMADOL HCL 183 168 29 16
KLOR-CON M10 172 158 30 118
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 169 158 31 47
DIOVAN 160 159 32 35
LACTULOSE 158 80 33 111
GLIPIZIDE 158 128 33 50
FAMOTIDINE 156 138 35 75
DIGOXIN 155 148 36 55
LEVETIRACETAM 146 90 37 103
LIDODERM 145 137 38 105
PLAVIX 143 131 39 40
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 140 122 40 134
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 138 127 41 23
LEVEMIR 135 97 42 135
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 134 118 43 9
NOVOLIN R 134 122 43 109
RISPERIDONE 132 102 45 72
TAMSULOSIN HCL 132 100 45 29
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 132 106 45 33
LOVASTATIN 129 106 48 41
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 128 107 49 150
CLONIDINE HCL 127 92 50 39
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 126 126 51 113
KLOR-CON M20 124 102 52 90
PREDNISONE 121 105 53 42
LANTUS 118 100 54 45
MELOXICAM 117 116 55 31
CRESTOR 116 111 56 20
LEVOFLOXACIN 113 98 57 57
EXELON 111 111 58 106
ALLOPURINOL 101 89 59 37
ROPINIROLE HCL 98 98 60 115
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 91 80 61 188
LYRICA 89 80 62 69
LATANOPROST 86 74 63 197
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 83 72 64 32
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 76 72 65 132
CEPHALEXIN 76 67 65 119
CLONIDINE 76 76 65 247
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 75 61 68 17
AMIODARONE HCL 73 59 69 167
CEFTRIAXONE 72 62 70 281
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 71 69 71 18
BACLOFEN 69 40 72 121
SINGULAIR 67 58 73 85
RAMIPRIL 65 61 74 73
PROPRANOLOL HCL 64 38 75 164
VERAPAMIL ER 64 62 75 104
NEXIUM 64 53 75 19
NYSTATIN 64 56 75 178
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 63 58 79 51
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 62 59 80 162
PATANOL 62 34 80 237
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 62 39 80 12
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 60 60 83 120
NOVOLOG 60 48 83 114
PAROXETINE HCL 60 60 83 84
CYMBALTA 59 54 86 44
SEROQUEL 59 53 86 143
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 58 48 88 253
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 57 43 89 49
FINASTERIDE 56 52 90 102
GLIMEPIRIDE 56 46 90 36
ADVAIR DISKUS 56 41 90 60
FLUOXETINE HCL 56 50 90 83
SPIRONOLACTONE 55 55 94 70
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 55 53 94 153
TRAVATAN Z 54 54 96 239
NIFEDIPINE ER 54 45 96 76
LEXAPRO 52 43 98 198
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 51 43 99 88
VESICARE 50 39 100 154
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 April 29, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.