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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,282Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 81 out of 2888

$1.2M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 135 out of 2888

544 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
85% 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 544 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 544 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 18,272 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

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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 760 635 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 759 646 S3 2 4
LISINOPRIL 704 614 3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 610 566 4 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 571 526 5 1
FUROSEMIDE 551 475 6 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 516 486 7 26
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 422 344 8 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 411 396 9 22
NAMENDA 409 406 10 34
MIRTAZAPINE 382 346 11 54
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 357 296 12 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 329 278 13 24
RANITIDINE HCL 322 271 14 56
METFORMIN HCL 291 265 15 8
SERTRALINE HCL 287 241 16 27
TRAMADOL HCL 270 223 17 16
OMEPRAZOLE 264 219 18 7
GABAPENTIN 255 222 19 13
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 247 209 20 66
CARVEDILOL 245 193 21 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 243 191 22 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 230 208 23 11
LEVETIRACETAM 229 160 24 103
NOVOLIN R 223 191 25 109
CLOPIDOGREL 202 198 26 30
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 200 145 27 116
RISPERIDONE 200 186 27 72
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 197 158 29 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 192 153 30 29
TRAZODONE HCL 192 183 30 43
LANTUS 190 163 32 45
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 166 136 33 100
NEXIUM 160 119 34 19
FAMOTIDINE 160 134 34 75
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 159 138 36 15
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 151 132 37 12
HYDRALAZINE HCL 143 130 38 59
MELOXICAM 142 133 39 31
KLOR-CON M20 131 98 40 90
DIOVAN 128 108 41 35
CLONIDINE HCL 122 93 42 39
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 122 111 42 32
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 119 108 44 113
ABILIFY 113 72 45 172
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 112 100 46 23
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 109 102 47 62
TRAVATAN Z 109 103 47 239
PLAVIX 107 103 49 40
BACLOFEN 107 85 49 121
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 103 89 51 17
HUMULIN R 100 88 52 233
PROMETHAZINE HCL 100 91 R 52 96
ATENOLOL 99 95 54 25
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 97 49 55 185
CYMBALTA 91 76 56 44
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 91 69 56 128
SEROQUEL 90 84 58 143
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 90 85 58 47
KLOR-CON M10 89 76 60 118
DIGOXIN 89 87 60 55
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 86 75 62 124
PREDNISONE 84 84 63 42
PHENYTOIN 83 61 64 302
GLIMEPIRIDE 82 52 65 36
FINASTERIDE 82 73 65 102
PAROXETINE HCL 81 81 67 84
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 80 68 68 28
FLUOXETINE HCL 79 51 69 83
SANTYL 77 59 70 210
LIPITOR 77 61 70 78
AGGRENOX 75 61 72 223
LEVOFLOXACIN 74 63 73 57
CRESTOR 72 70 74 20
LATANOPROST 71 63 75 197
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 71 51 R 75 68
LACTULOSE 70 67 77 111
NYSTOP 66 65 78 334
TRICOR 66 30 78 91
NAPROXEN 66 54 78 80
NOVOLIN 70-30 65 48 81 144
MEGESTROL ACETATE 64 61 R 82 140
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 64 56 82 93
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 63 53 84 88
NOVOLOG 63 55 84 114
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 62 59 R 86 74
ROPINIROLE HCL 62 50 86 115
ALLOPURINOL 59 50 88 37
DILANTIN 59 38 88 326
RAMIPRIL 56 56 90 73
ADVAIR DISKUS 56 49 90 60
OLANZAPINE 55 54 92 137
NIFEDIPINE ER 55 40 92 76
GLYBURIDE 55 53 R 92 58
AMIODARONE HCL 54 54 95 167
JANUVIA 54 45 95 48
GLIPIZIDE 53 53 97 50
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 53 31 97 150
INSULIN SYRINGE 53 43 97 86
PREMARIN 52 48 R 100 129
NYSTATIN 52 47 100 178
VALPROIC ACID 52 37 100 278
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 51 48 103 67
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 50 47 104 134
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 Jan. 23, 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.