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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,891Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 51 out of 2888

$1.73M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 44 out of 2888

583 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 583 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

30% of this provider’s 583 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 22,263 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$72 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 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 872 849 1 1
NAMENDA 770 758 2 34
FUROSEMIDE 711 693 3 6
SIMVASTATIN 672 619 4 2
LISINOPRIL 625 578 5 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 615 581 6 14
EXELON 592 567 7 106
DONEPEZIL HCL 588 566 8 26
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 575 517 S3 9 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 568 521 10 5
TRAMADOL HCL 457 433 11 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 442 427 12 10
CYMBALTA 385 379 13 44
CARVEDILOL 371 333 14 21
NOVOLOG 368 332 15 114
SERTRALINE HCL 354 320 16 27
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 329 317 17 150
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 306 277 18 62
WARFARIN SODIUM 303 273 19 22
LANTUS 265 238 20 45
OMEPRAZOLE 264 240 21 7
GABAPENTIN 251 237 22 13
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 245 226 23 66
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 234 219 24 32
MIRTAZAPINE 227 224 25 54
METFORMIN HCL 204 189 26 8
CLOPIDOGREL 199 191 27 30
RANITIDINE HCL 195 184 28 56
OLANZAPINE 190 174 29 137
CITALOPRAM HBR 180 177 30 24
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 176 154 31 33
TRAZODONE HCL 168 154 32 43
HYDRALAZINE HCL 164 133 33 59
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 161 149 34 12
PREDNISONE 161 154 34 42
FAMOTIDINE 158 150 36 75
NYSTATIN 156 148 37 178
LEVOFLOXACIN 154 141 38 57
LIDODERM 150 135 39 105
ADVAIR DISKUS 148 147 40 60
DIGOXIN 142 142 41 55
JANUVIA 136 117 42 48
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 135 129 43 162
ABILIFY 132 130 44 172
TAMSULOSIN HCL 131 127 45 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 131 126 45 9
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 131 130 45 23
PLAVIX 125 119 48 40
LEVETIRACETAM 121 115 49 103
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 120 105 50 116
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 119 119 51 146
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 116 97 52 11
LYRICA 116 108 52 69
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 116 110 52 171
AMIODARONE HCL 115 108 55 167
CLONIDINE HCL 113 106 56 39
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 113 113 56 113
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 111 85 58 100
VOLTAREN 111 109 58 157
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 102 100 60 51
LACTULOSE 102 59 60 111
GLIPIZIDE 95 83 62 50
TRANSDERM-SCOP 91 88 63 388
PROMETHAZINE HCL 91 78 R 63 96
DIOVAN 90 76 65 35
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 87 86 66 188
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 87 72 66 17
LEXAPRO 86 81 68 198
AZITHROMYCIN 86 83 68 38
LEVEMIR 85 68 70 135
BACLOFEN 82 39 71 121
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 80 70 72 120
ROPINIROLE HCL 75 75 73 115
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 75 71 73 123
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 74 74 75 18
FENTANYL 73 66 S2 76 126
CLONIDINE 72 69 77 247
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 71 71 78 132
RISPERIDONE 70 70 79 72
SEROQUEL 69 64 80 143
TRAVATAN Z 69 69 80 239
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 69 59 80 124
VESICARE 67 67 83 154
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 67 64 83 134
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 66 51 85 307
MELOXICAM 66 66 85 31
PATANOL 66 65 85 237
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 66 62 85 92
TIMOLOL MALEATE 65 65 89 348
RESTASIS 62 62 90 352
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 61 61 91 95
LATANOPROST 60 57 92 197
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 60 57 92 112
SINGULAIR 58 58 94 85
LUMIGAN 58 58 94 452
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 57 57 96 93
ATENOLOL 56 56 97 25
PROPRANOLOL HCL 56 45 97 164
SODIUM CHLORIDE 55 48 99 371
LOVASTATIN 54 54 100 41
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 54 49 100 88
SPIRONOLACTONE 53 49 102 70
MEGACE ES 53 53 R 102 310
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 52 50 104 185
SPIRIVA 52 49 104 79
ALLOPURINOL 52 52 104 37
ZYPREXA 51 37 107 399
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 5, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.