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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,548Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 64 out of 2888

$1.55M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 62 out of 2888

488 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
92% 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

7% of this provider’s 488 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

34% of this provider’s 488 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 18,552 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

46 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 862 624 S3 1 4
FUROSEMIDE 791 697 2 6
NAMENDA 757 714 3 34
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 719 672 4 1
SIMVASTATIN 694 574 5 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 680 643 6 26
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 592 478 7 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 559 451 8 10
LISINOPRIL 470 399 9 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 460 411 10 22
OMEPRAZOLE 444 370 11 7
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 420 353 12 66
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 390 325 13 14
GABAPENTIN 340 266 14 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 322 256 15 24
RAMIPRIL 321 297 16 73
MIRTAZAPINE 302 278 17 54
SERTRALINE HCL 288 229 18 27
METFORMIN HCL 278 220 19 8
TRAMADOL HCL 229 214 20 16
CARVEDILOL 213 204 21 21
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 212 182 22 62
EXELON 209 190 23 106
TRAZODONE HCL 198 146 24 43
RISPERIDONE 195 158 25 72
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 187 146 26 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 183 149 27 17
SEROQUEL 180 156 28 143
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 170 140 29 51
NOVOLIN R 167 153 30 109
FAMOTIDINE 164 130 31 75
KLOR-CON M20 162 138 32 90
LANTUS 158 119 33 45
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 151 95 34 100
CYMBALTA 150 92 35 44
OLANZAPINE 146 113 36 137
DIGOXIN 144 143 37 55
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 132 109 38 150
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 128 93 39 185
TAMSULOSIN HCL 125 103 40 29
MELOXICAM 123 89 41 31
LYRICA 121 71 42 69
GLIPIZIDE 121 104 42 50
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 119 95 44 88
CLOPIDOGREL 118 97 45 30
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 117 95 46 113
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 117 100 46 9
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 116 109 48 33
CLONIDINE HCL 116 86 48 39
HYDRALAZINE HCL 116 113 48 59
LEVOFLOXACIN 115 101 51 57
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 114 55 52 156
ATENOLOL 114 114 52 25
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 111 95 54 132
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 103 91 55 23
TRAVATAN Z 97 76 56 239
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 96 48 57 171
PROMETHAZINE HCL 96 73 R 57 96
PLAVIX 95 83 59 40
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 94 76 60 93
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 93 90 61 32
FENTANYL 91 75 S2 62 126
KLOR-CON M10 90 85 63 118
FLUOXETINE HCL 87 66 64 83
BACLOFEN 86 36 65 121
ABILIFY 81 59 66 172
TIMOLOL MALEATE 81 68 66 348
TRICOR 81 49 66 91
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 81 78 66 162
NYSTATIN 79 63 70 178
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 77 69 71 120
JANUVIA 75 63 72 48
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 74 39 73 128
RANITIDINE HCL 74 62 73 56
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 72 53 75 18
FENOFIBRATE 72 51 75 65
DIOVAN 69 57 77 35
LEVETIRACETAM 69 47 77 103
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 66 79 15
ADVAIR DISKUS 66 54 79 60
NOVOLOG 65 48 81 114
NOVOFINE AUTOCOVER 64 37 82 410
GLUCAGEN 63 39 83 288
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 63 52 83 134
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 63 63 83 94
LATANOPROST 62 50 86 197
ROPINIROLE HCL 62 51 86 115
PAROXETINE HCL 62 49 86 84
SPIRONOLACTONE 61 45 89 70
PRIMIDONE 60 41 90 287
LACTULOSE 59 26 91 111
PREDNISONE 58 45 92 42
LOVASTATIN 58 58 92 41
ALLOPURINOL 57 55 94 37
LEVEMIR 57 36 94 135
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 56 53 96 12
VENLAFAXINE HCL 56 54 96 246
GALANTAMINE HBR 56 56 96 325
SANTYL 54 54 99 210
NOVOLIN 70-30 53 41 100 144
NOVOLIN N 53 40 100 255
BUSPIRONE HCL 53 36 100 148
MEGESTROL ACETATE 52 39 R 103 140
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 51 39 R 104 74
SINGULAIR 50 50 105 85
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 50 35 R 105 191
CEFUROXIME 50 46 105 130
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 Sept. 2, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.