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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,033Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 59 out of 2888

$980K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 224 out of 2888

976 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 976 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 976 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 20,891 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 1,061 991 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 962 805 S3 2 4
LISINOPRIL 700 669 3 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 626 572 4 10
FUROSEMIDE 554 516 5 6
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 529 464 6 49
GABAPENTIN 518 439 7 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 475 452 8 24
TRAMADOL HCL 455 407 9 16
SIMVASTATIN 420 395 10 2
LOVASTATIN 409 347 11 41
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 366 347 12 5
MELOXICAM 354 336 13 31
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 347 315 14 100
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 335 306 15 14
OMEPRAZOLE 329 291 16 7
METFORMIN HCL 325 279 17 8
NIFEDIPINE ER 316 301 18 76
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 282 277 19 11
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 276 248 20 93
PREDNISONE 255 243 21 42
WARFARIN SODIUM 252 231 22 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 245 227 23 15
CLOPIDOGREL 235 232 24 30
MIRTAZAPINE 233 221 25 54
DONEPEZIL HCL 230 230 26 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 213 193 27 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 210 174 28 17
DIGOXIN 199 191 29 55
CARVEDILOL 197 192 30 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 197 192 30 23
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 197 178 30 32
LANTUS 180 161 33 45
ATENOLOL 176 162 34 25
BACLOFEN 176 127 34 121
NEXIUM 174 148 36 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 174 172 36 9
NAMENDA 162 162 38 34
TAMSULOSIN HCL 162 156 38 29
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 158 146 40 62
SPIRONOLACTONE 157 151 41 70
PLAVIX 151 149 42 40
GLYBURIDE 144 139 R 43 58
SERTRALINE HCL 138 111 44 27
KLOR-CON M20 137 135 45 90
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 127 122 46 51
NOVOLIN R 125 125 47 109
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 124 120 48 18
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 122 115 49 145
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 115 108 50 47
AMOXICILLIN 114 96 51 117
AZITHROMYCIN 106 99 52 38
RANITIDINE HCL 102 100 53 56
HYDRALAZINE HCL 97 97 54 59
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 96 83 55 88
ALLOPURINOL 93 69 56 37
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 93 88 56 66
RISPERIDONE 92 89 58 72
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 90 86 59 134
GUANFACINE HCL 87 86 R 60 306
NIFEDICAL XL 86 86 61 190
PROMETHAZINE HCL 85 56 R 62 96
CRESTOR 84 66 63 20
LATANOPROST 84 82 63 197
NOVOLIN 70-30 83 76 65 144
ADVAIR DISKUS 82 82 66 60
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 82 69 66 146
DILTIAZEM HCL 81 73 68 236
NOVOLOG 79 71 69 114
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 78 77 70 132
FAMOTIDINE 75 56 71 75
LANSOPRAZOLE 75 73 71 213
PROAIR HFA 74 57 73 71
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 73 62 74 123
ETODOLAC 73 57 74 170
CEFDINIR 72 66 76 194
KLOR-CON M10 71 69 77 118
NITROFURANTOIN 71 60 77 241
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 68 51 R 79 74
LEVETIRACETAM 67 37 80 103
PAROXETINE HCL 64 50 81 84
CLONIDINE HCL 64 50 81 39
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 63 63 83 94
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 62 62 84 113
AMIODARONE HCL 62 55 84 167
TRIMETHOPRIM 62 51 84 450
SINGULAIR 62 60 84 85
PRADAXA 60 60 88 273
TRAZODONE HCL 58 58 89 43
BENICAR 58 58 89 138
EVISTA 57 57 91 125
VOLTAREN 55 55 92 157
DIOVAN 53 53 93 35
MINOXIDIL 52 39 94 431
METOLAZONE 51 51 95 215
METHOCARBAMOL 51 41 R 95 176
HALOPERIDOL 50 36 97 282
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 50 50 97 202
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 10, 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.