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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,635Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 141 out of 2888

$1.23M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 130 out of 2888

1,022 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
49% 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

3% of this provider’s 1,022 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 1,022 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 14,707 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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 841 704 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 815 603 S3 2 4
LISINOPRIL 728 625 3 3
LOVASTATIN 655 594 4 41
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 521 467 5 5
SIMVASTATIN 465 407 6 2
OMEPRAZOLE 455 379 7 7
METFORMIN HCL 414 348 8 8
CRESTOR 403 318 9 20
WARFARIN SODIUM 377 331 10 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 355 315 11 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 323 312 12 23
FUROSEMIDE 296 238 13 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 285 261 14 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 250 197 15 17
CARVEDILOL 232 159 16 21
MELOXICAM 226 206 17 31
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 214 184 18 15
NIASPAN 213 202 19 127
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 201 186 20 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 186 186 21 26
TRAMADOL HCL 185 138 22 16
ATENOLOL 183 158 23 25
GABAPENTIN 182 146 24 13
BACLOFEN 174 129 25 121
GLIMEPIRIDE 146 132 26 36
CYMBALTA 145 93 27 44
FELODIPINE ER 145 133 27 175
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 141 132 29 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 138 128 30 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 132 116 31 24
PROAIR HFA 126 106 32 71
PLAVIX 124 101 33 40
SERTRALINE HCL 122 90 34 27
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 122 102 34 32
LEVOXYL 119 113 36 208
LANTUS 119 80 36 45
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 116 107 38 47
CLONIDINE HCL 115 84 39 39
SPIRONOLACTONE 114 110 40 70
SPIRIVA 113 100 41 79
GLIPIZIDE 111 100 42 50
ACTOS 109 94 43 108
BENICAR 108 108 44 138
NEXIUM 107 84 45 19
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 106 101 46 12
METFORMIN HCL ER 104 73 47 53
ADVAIR DISKUS 103 100 48 60
AZITHROMYCIN 101 87 49 38
FENOFIBRATE 101 77 49 65
ALLOPURINOL 100 91 51 37
NAPROXEN 98 80 52 80
MIRTAZAPINE 97 95 53 54
RANITIDINE HCL 89 73 54 56
TERAZOSIN HCL 85 83 55 152
GEMFIBROZIL 84 59 56 98
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 84 54 56 49
CLOPIDOGREL 81 66 58 30
PREDNISONE 80 76 59 42
CARISOPRODOL 78 14 R 60 82
INSULIN SYRINGE 77 58 61 86
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 75 51 R 62 68
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 66 63 28
TRAZODONE HCL 68 55 64 43
CELEBREX 65 58 65 89
PAROXETINE HCL 63 63 66 84
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 61 56 67 66
DIGOXIN 59 55 68 55
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 59 48 68 33
JANUVIA 58 51 70 48
SINGULAIR 58 46 70 85
LACTULOSE 58 54 70 111
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 56 20 73 171
DIOVAN 54 50 74 35
BENAZEPRIL HCL 53 48 75 77
HUMALOG 51 28 76 166
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 51 46 76 62
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 April 17, 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.