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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,056Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 39 out of 2888

$874K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 289 out of 2888

979 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
35% 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

16% of this provider’s 979 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 20,646 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$35 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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 2,023 1,834 1 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 1,230 1,053 2 18
LISINOPRIL 1,208 1,051 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,184 996 4 1
METFORMIN HCL 1,046 842 5 8
OMEPRAZOLE 1,005 877 6 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 919 802 7 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 891 836 8 5
MELOXICAM 828 671 9 31
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 754 484 S3 10 4
GLIMEPIRIDE 691 580 11 36
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 579 488 12 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 500 391 13 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 450 389 14 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 449 365 15 33
FUROSEMIDE 414 342 16 6
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 407 367 17 46
GABAPENTIN 369 276 18 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 355 212 19 17
CARVEDILOL 338 296 20 21
SPIRONOLACTONE 252 211 21 70
TAMSULOSIN HCL 246 221 22 29
SERTRALINE HCL 242 225 23 27
FINASTERIDE 236 222 24 102
ALLOPURINOL 226 205 25 37
CRESTOR 224 190 26 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 222 205 27 23
TRAMADOL HCL 210 158 28 16
AZITHROMYCIN 195 147 29 38
WARFARIN SODIUM 180 155 30 22
DIGOXIN 179 157 31 55
SPIRIVA 178 132 32 79
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 173 144 33 10
LOVASTATIN 159 156 34 41
PROAIR HFA 159 126 34 71
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 159 150 34 28
ADVAIR DISKUS 133 102 37 60
CYMBALTA 131 91 38 44
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 131 88 R 38 68
CLOPIDOGREL 127 104 40 30
TORSEMIDE 119 99 41 158
PLAVIX 111 92 42 40
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 110 91 43 116
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 103 84 44 94
DONEPEZIL HCL 99 86 45 26
RANITIDINE HCL 98 90 46 56
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 97 78 47 47
JANTOVEN 95 92 48 163
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 91 53 49 93
LEVEMIR 91 58 49 135
ESTRADIOL 86 55 R 51 139
VESICARE 84 76 52 154
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 83 79 53 51
INSULIN SYRINGE 83 61 53 86
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 76 51 55 32
BYSTOLIC 76 38 55 99
EVISTA 76 76 55 125
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 71 54 58 88
VENLAFAXINE HCL 68 56 59 246
JANUVIA 68 57 59 48
FLUOXETINE HCL 66 28 61 83
NOVOLIN 70-30 65 61 62 144
NAPROXEN 64 39 63 80
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 62 35 R 64 74
GALANTAMINE HBR 60 60 65 325
PREDNISONE 57 47 66 42
COMBIVENT 57 56 66 177
VERAPAMIL ER 56 40 68 104
DILTIAZEM ER 55 50 69 182
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 53 53 70 266
ZETIA 52 33 71 81
AVELOX 51 43 72 441
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.