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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,994Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 135 out of 2888

$959K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 237 out of 2888

786 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
19% 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 786 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 786 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 16,066 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

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,162 1,075 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 683 634 2 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 673 541 S3 3 4
LISINOPRIL 641 557 4 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 567 539 5 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 429 401 6 12
FUROSEMIDE 400 375 7 6
SIMVASTATIN 357 322 8 2
OMEPRAZOLE 351 302 9 7
SERTRALINE HCL 313 293 10 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 302 285 11 11
GABAPENTIN 278 229 12 13
METFORMIN HCL 275 243 13 8
MELOXICAM 273 272 14 31
ALLOPURINOL 264 249 15 37
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 252 202 16 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 247 229 17 9
DONEPEZIL HCL 244 233 18 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 211 187 19 33
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 183 166 20 15
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 174 153 21 63
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 173 171 22 23
ATENOLOL 171 156 23 25
CRESTOR 168 156 24 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 163 156 25 10
NEXIUM 159 148 26 19
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 158 140 27 47
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 154 135 28 18
TRAMADOL HCL 131 119 29 16
NIFEDIPINE ER 130 113 30 76
AZITHROMYCIN 128 107 31 38
WARFARIN SODIUM 126 105 32 22
LOVASTATIN 126 118 32 41
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 125 100 R 34 68
NAMENDA 120 118 35 34
ESTRADIOL 120 108 R 35 139
EVISTA 118 118 37 125
PREDNISONE 113 86 38 42
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 100 85 39 62
CITALOPRAM HBR 97 86 40 24
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 97 68 40 28
CEPHALEXIN 92 74 42 119
CYMBALTA 92 72 42 44
DIOVAN 92 92 42 35
TAMSULOSIN HCL 91 90 45 29
LEVOFLOXACIN 88 78 46 57
JANUVIA 87 73 47 48
DIGOXIN 86 82 48 55
CLOPIDOGREL 80 70 49 30
PROPRANOLOL HCL 79 79 50 164
GLYBURIDE 78 69 R 51 58
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 77 64 52 95
CELEBREX 72 72 53 89
KLOR-CON M20 71 70 54 90
PLAVIX 71 58 54 40
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 69 69 56 46
ACTOS 69 54 56 108
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 68 59 58 67
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 68 68 58 141
DIOVAN HCT 68 68 58 61
ZETIA 67 62 61 81
NIASPAN 67 67 61 127
PREMARIN 67 66 R 61 129
TRAZODONE HCL 66 51 64 43
KLOR-CON 8 66 53 64 265
FLUCONAZOLE 64 37 66 199
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 64 59 R 66 74
LEVOTHROID 64 64 66 333
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 63 54 69 32
SYNTHROID 62 62 70 52
CARVEDILOL 62 61 70 21
AMOXICILLIN 61 49 72 117
METFORMIN HCL ER 59 55 73 53
SINGULAIR 56 47 74 85
DEXILANT 56 54 74 186
ADVAIR DISKUS 56 56 74 60
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 56 52 74 101
KLOR-CON 10 55 47 78 195
TRICOR 55 54 78 91
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 53 53 80 120
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 53 53 80 146
CLONIDINE HCL 50 27 82 39
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 Oct. 27, 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.