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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,772Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1374 out of 2888

$292K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1496 out of 2888

258 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
14% 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

26% of this provider’s 258 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 4,303 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% 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

19 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 214 206 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 207 184 2 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 168 147 S3 3 4
LISINOPRIL 147 140 4 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 120 116 5 5
FUROSEMIDE 111 99 6 6
TAMSULOSIN HCL 100 92 7 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 99 92 8 18
OMEPRAZOLE 95 79 9 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 90 84 10 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 69 11 15
METFORMIN HCL 75 72 12 8
BYSTOLIC 73 62 13 99
CLOPIDOGREL 72 64 14 30
GLIMEPIRIDE 71 70 15 36
WARFARIN SODIUM 67 63 16 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 66 56 17 10
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 64 64 18 146
SYNTHROID 64 57 18 52
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 58 58 20 11
FENOFIBRATE 55 55 21 65
CARISOPRODOL 55 27 R 21 82
DILTIAZEM HCL 53 53 23 236
PAROXETINE HCL 51 40 24 84
DIGOXIN 51 43 24 55
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 Aug. 15, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.