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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,386Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 90 out of 2888

$1.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 197 out of 2888

857 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
58% 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

2% of this provider’s 857 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 857 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 14,746 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$51 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 1,037 554 S3 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 961 751 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 691 474 3 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 661 567 4 1
LISINOPRIL 583 421 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 469 365 6 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 454 387 7 12
METFORMIN HCL 449 347 8 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 370 300 9 11
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 359 252 10 33
TRAMADOL HCL 340 194 11 16
FUROSEMIDE 308 197 12 6
AZITHROMYCIN 296 218 13 38
MELOXICAM 296 242 13 31
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 275 226 15 46
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 271 213 16 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 247 167 17 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 245 199 18 18
METFORMIN HCL ER 245 187 18 53
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 226 173 20 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 212 186 21 29
GABAPENTIN 198 77 22 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 191 167 23 15
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 187 105 R 24 68
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 186 132 R 25 64
PROAIR HFA 177 82 26 71
CLOPIDOGREL 176 143 27 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 169 150 28 9
INSULIN SYRINGE 155 114 29 86
SERTRALINE HCL 153 91 30 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 150 110 31 14
PLAVIX 149 118 32 40
MECLIZINE HCL 146 132 33 122
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 145 129 34 23
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 141 102 35 88
LEVEMIR 138 98 36 135
ALLOPURINOL 137 110 37 37
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 136 112 38 47
CARVEDILOL 133 90 39 21
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 130 93 40 49
NOVOLIN 70-30 126 46 41 144
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 126 59 41 17
CLONIDINE HCL 119 97 43 39
ZETIA 117 84 44 81
ATENOLOL 115 93 45 25
GLYBURIDE 114 92 R 46 58
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 113 105 47 146
DONEPEZIL HCL 112 112 48 26
KLOR-CON M20 109 105 49 90
SURE COMFORT 107 66 50 276
RAMIPRIL 107 87 50 73
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 104 73 52 32
FENOFIBRATE 103 72 53 65
FINASTERIDE 99 95 54 102
LOVASTATIN 99 75 54 41
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 97 82 56 124
BENAZEPRIL HCL 97 71 56 77
DIGOXIN 95 71 58 55
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 90 73 59 67
NAPROXEN 89 39 60 80
HYDRALAZINE HCL 89 76 60 59
ADVAIR DISKUS 88 47 62 60
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 88 70 62 51
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 87 70 S3 64 147
PROMETHAZINE HCL 87 52 R 64 96
CRESTOR 85 61 66 20
WARFARIN SODIUM 77 58 67 22
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 76 62 68 63
TRAZODONE HCL 74 40 69 43
FLUOXETINE HCL 72 47 70 83
NAPROXEN SODIUM 71 45 71 339
CYMBALTA 69 44 72 44
VERAPAMIL ER 68 60 73 104
SINGULAIR 66 36 74 85
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 65 57 75 128
GLIPIZIDE 64 53 76 50
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 61 51 77 264
JANTOVEN 60 48 78 163
LYRICA 60 18 78 69
PREDNISONE 59 35 80 42
NOVOLIN R 57 39 81 109
CEPHALEXIN 56 51 82 119
NEXIUM 53 36 83 19
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 52 39 84 101
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 51 30 85 291
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 51 43 85 226
JANUVIA 51 36 85 48
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 50 31 88 243
RANITIDINE HCL 50 33 88 56
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 Nov. 20, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.