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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,319Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 68 out of 2888

$1.21M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 133 out of 2888

695 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
47% 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

5% of this provider’s 695 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

31% of this provider’s 695 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 18,429 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% 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 1,203 816 S3 1 4
LISINOPRIL 864 783 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 793 741 3 1
SIMVASTATIN 621 560 4 2
METFORMIN HCL 526 445 5 8
MELOXICAM 523 440 6 31
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 489 439 7 10
GABAPENTIN 452 335 8 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 444 407 9 5
FUROSEMIDE 434 409 10 6
OMEPRAZOLE 422 359 11 7
TRAMADOL HCL 378 338 12 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 334 285 13 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 332 287 14 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 332 315 14 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 290 271 16 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 285 271 17 22
TAMSULOSIN HCL 273 257 18 29
SERTRALINE HCL 264 195 19 27
DIGOXIN 248 209 20 55
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 236 208 21 28
ATENOLOL 226 200 22 25
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 207 205 23 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 206 169 24 18
NEXIUM 199 137 25 19
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 190 167 R 26 74
DOXEPIN HCL 182 156 27 248
CEPHALEXIN 181 143 28 119
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 176 157 29 47
AZITHROMYCIN 175 140 30 38
DONEPEZIL HCL 171 165 31 26
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 156 136 32 15
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 152 150 33 94
PAROXETINE HCL 152 108 33 84
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 150 139 35 51
ALLOPURINOL 150 134 35 37
CELEBREX 144 102 37 89
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 143 71 R 38 68
CLOPIDOGREL 141 132 39 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 137 83 40 17
CRESTOR 131 90 41 20
LANTUS 126 112 42 45
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 124 122 43 259
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 123 109 44 23
NAMENDA 121 121 45 34
GLIMEPIRIDE 120 113 46 36
PREDNISONE 116 104 47 42
CLONIDINE HCL 116 107 47 39
DILTIAZEM ER 113 99 49 182
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 112 97 50 63
RANITIDINE HCL 111 103 51 56
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 111 106 51 88
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 103 94 53 146
PROPRANOLOL HCL 102 54 54 164
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 99 69 55 145
CYMBALTA 99 70 55 44
CARVEDILOL 94 92 57 21
FLUOXETINE HCL 91 62 58 83
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 89 75 59 32
PLAVIX 88 82 60 40
NABUMETONE 88 68 60 204
TRAZODONE HCL 82 64 62 43
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 81 67 63 33
METHOTREXATE 80 57 64 207
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 80 64 64 185
PROMETHAZINE HCL 80 30 R 64 96
ZETIA 79 79 67 81
ROPINIROLE HCL 78 55 68 115
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 78 77 68 113
NAPROXEN 77 57 70 80
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 76 76 71 132
PROAIR HFA 75 51 72 71
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 72 52 73 66
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 72 52 73 128
ABILIFY 71 29 75 172
CARISOPRODOL 69 0 R 76 82
MIRTAZAPINE 67 38 77 54
GEMFIBROZIL 65 60 78 98
DIOVAN HCT 65 65 78 61
LEVETIRACETAM 64 39 80 103
FINASTERIDE 64 62 80 102
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 63 23 82 100
DIOVAN 63 63 82 35
KLOR-CON 10 62 60 84 195
LYRICA 62 29 84 69
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 61 29 86 134
KLOR-CON M20 60 48 87 90
VERAPAMIL ER 60 60 87 104
METHADONE HCL 59 14 S2 89 216
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 58 57 90 120
JANUVIA 57 38 91 48
FENTANYL 57 36 S2 91 126
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 57 45 91 62
BYSTOLIC 57 50 91 99
DETROL LA 54 34 95 192
NOVOLIN 70-30 54 54 95 144
SYNTHROID 54 43 95 52
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 54 45 95 116
FELODIPINE ER 52 50 99 175
NOVOLOG 50 50 100 114
RISPERIDONE 50 44 100 72
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. 27, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.