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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,043Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 40 out of 2888

$1.36M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 92 out of 2888

778 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
58% 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

4% of this provider’s 778 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 778 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 20,686 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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 1,173 815 S3 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,053 942 2 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 852 702 3 14
SIMVASTATIN 816 683 4 2
FUROSEMIDE 806 694 5 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 699 594 6 5
LISINOPRIL 587 517 7 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 535 439 8 22
METFORMIN HCL 488 393 9 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 385 367 10 26
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 368 321 11 10
OMEPRAZOLE 357 318 12 7
GABAPENTIN 355 279 13 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 305 274 14 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 291 262 15 11
CARVEDILOL 291 253 15 21
TRAMADOL HCL 287 251 17 16
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 276 223 18 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 251 205 19 17
GLIMEPIRIDE 239 201 20 36
SERTRALINE HCL 237 226 21 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 234 215 22 9
PREDNISONE 221 211 23 42
TAMSULOSIN HCL 221 217 23 29
CITALOPRAM HBR 220 155 25 24
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 218 176 26 66
NAMENDA 213 190 27 34
MIRTAZAPINE 206 185 28 54
SPIRONOLACTONE 203 179 29 70
MELOXICAM 199 171 30 31
CLOPIDOGREL 198 170 31 30
CYMBALTA 193 139 32 44
NEXIUM 193 150 32 19
TRAZODONE HCL 185 142 34 43
CEFUROXIME 183 166 35 130
ATENOLOL 175 158 36 25
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 175 130 R 36 68
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 171 145 38 33
AZITHROMYCIN 167 149 39 38
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 166 126 40 116
CLONIDINE HCL 150 81 41 39
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 150 109 41 28
ALLOPURINOL 149 139 43 37
RANITIDINE HCL 146 116 44 56
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 141 124 45 47
EXELON 125 114 46 106
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 124 120 47 150
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 123 111 48 32
LOVASTATIN 122 115 49 41
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 116 112 50 18
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 109 92 51 51
PLAVIX 108 89 52 40
NOVOLIN R 107 89 53 109
BACLOFEN 106 70 54 121
DIGOXIN 102 92 55 55
SEROQUEL 99 80 56 143
MUPIROCIN 98 55 57 184
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 96 79 58 124
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 84 58 46
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 95 90 60 146
LIDODERM 93 83 61 105
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 92 57 62 92
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 91 91 63 23
VENLAFAXINE HCL 91 84 63 246
GLYBURIDE 90 72 R 65 58
LANTUS 87 63 66 45
PROMETHAZINE HCL 87 45 R 66 96
CRESTOR 87 61 66 20
METFORMIN HCL ER 86 80 69 53
FENTANYL 85 66 S2 70 126
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 83 64 71 62
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 79 69 72 113
RAMIPRIL 78 74 73 73
FENOFIBRATE 77 68 74 65
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 76 59 75 120
NIFEDIPINE ER 74 48 76 76
RISPERIDONE 73 66 77 72
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 72 60 78 123
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 72 69 78 94
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 71 51 80 88
DIOVAN 71 55 80 35
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 69 59 82 100
BENAZEPRIL HCL 64 46 83 77
NYSTATIN 64 45 83 178
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 63 47 85 128
FLUOXETINE HCL 63 50 85 83
DETROL LA 61 46 87 192
CEPHALEXIN 61 52 87 119
TRICOR 60 24 89 91
CELEBREX 58 54 90 89
OLANZAPINE 57 57 91 137
PATANOL 56 47 92 237
PROPRANOLOL HCL 56 56 92 164
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 55 30 94 234
MEGESTROL ACETATE 54 47 R 95 140
INSULIN SYRINGE 54 44 95 86
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 53 40 97 264
PROAIR HFA 52 47 98 71
DILTIAZEM HCL 52 52 98 236
HYDRALAZINE HCL 52 38 98 59
PREVACID 51 41 101 464
PAROXETINE HCL 51 51 101 84
MECLIZINE HCL 50 46 103 122
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 50 48 103 183
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.