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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,255Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 49 out of 2888

$1.11M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 165 out of 2888

1,012 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
45% 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

1% of this provider’s 1,012 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 1,012 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 18,260 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 1,614 1,033 S3 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 918 769 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 811 680 3 1
LISINOPRIL 794 625 4 3
FUROSEMIDE 731 603 5 6
OMEPRAZOLE 648 486 6 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 611 517 7 5
TRAMADOL HCL 485 332 8 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 482 373 9 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 465 397 10 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 406 323 11 22
GABAPENTIN 403 281 12 13
METFORMIN HCL 384 297 13 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 364 268 14 11
ATENOLOL 339 297 15 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 280 214 16 15
SERTRALINE HCL 272 200 17 27
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 248 190 18 12
GLIPIZIDE 229 192 19 50
PREDNISONE 227 174 20 42
CLOPIDOGREL 216 179 21 30
TAMSULOSIN HCL 203 184 22 29
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 202 178 23 33
LEVOFLOXACIN 192 136 24 57
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 192 82 24 17
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 189 159 26 51
PROMETHAZINE HCL 184 76 R 27 96
DIGOXIN 181 163 28 55
AZITHROMYCIN 180 139 29 38
TORSEMIDE 178 133 30 158
METHOCARBAMOL 171 102 R 31 176
TRAZODONE HCL 168 98 32 43
DONEPEZIL HCL 163 144 33 26
NEXIUM 162 82 34 19
ETODOLAC 161 133 35 170
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 158 118 36 9
CARVEDILOL 157 112 37 21
PLAVIX 152 136 38 40
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 152 137 38 23
PROAIR HFA 149 96 40 71
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 140 114 41 47
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 128 94 42 28
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 125 106 R 43 74
LOVASTATIN 122 105 44 41
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 122 80 44 171
ALLOPURINOL 121 98 46 37
CARISOPRODOL 120 58 R 47 82
DIOVAN 117 87 48 35
CITALOPRAM HBR 114 79 49 24
LYRICA 114 70 49 69
CLONIDINE HCL 111 86 51 39
MELOXICAM 109 92 52 31
HYDRALAZINE HCL 109 89 52 59
CYMBALTA 107 68 54 44
NAMENDA 103 84 55 34
FELODIPINE ER 102 79 56 175
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 100 62 R 57 68
BUMETANIDE 100 67 57 203
CRESTOR 98 65 59 20
PAROXETINE HCL 95 89 60 84
LANTUS 94 57 61 45
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 92 51 62 62
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 87 65 63 124
ADVAIR DISKUS 87 49 63 60
NITROFURANTOIN 87 84 63 241
GLYBURIDE 86 83 R 66 58
FLUOXETINE HCL 84 43 67 83
CELEBREX 83 71 68 89
SPIRONOLACTONE 83 72 68 70
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 83 47 68 32
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 82 52 71 253
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 78 57 72 120
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 77 35 73 66
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 76 68 74 136
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 76 57 74 18
ACTONEL 75 71 76 149
ESTRADIOL 71 47 R 77 139
PREMARIN 71 56 R 77 129
INSULIN SYRINGE 69 38 79 86
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 68 51 80 112
RANITIDINE HCL 67 51 81 56
BENAZEPRIL HCL 67 64 81 77
MIRTAZAPINE 66 54 83 54
DIOVAN HCT 65 54 84 61
SPIRIVA 64 49 85 79
GEMFIBROZIL 63 56 86 98
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 63 56 86 94
HUMULIN N 62 50 88 267
PROPRANOLOL HCL 61 56 89 164
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 60 54 90 128
AMOXICILLIN 60 42 90 117
ZETIA 59 40 92 81
SINGULAIR 58 55 93 85
FLUCONAZOLE 58 41 93 199
GLIMEPIRIDE 57 44 95 36
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 57 30 95 156
FENOFIBRATE 56 49 97 65
HYDROXYZINE HCL 56 29 R 97 174
JANUVIA 56 40 97 48
HUMALOG 56 31 97 166
NITROSTAT 55 34 101 240
LACTULOSE 55 49 101 111
SUCRALFATE 54 40 103 187
NAPROXEN 53 34 104 80
KLOR-CON M20 53 33 104 90
RISPERIDONE 51 38 106 72
TRICOR 51 49 106 91
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 50 20 108 92
TESTOSTERONE CYPIONATE 50 23 S3 108 357
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 31, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.