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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,223Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1274 out of 2888

$289K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1512 out of 2888

315 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 315 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 3,644 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$55 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 578 253 S3 1 4
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 263 193 2 47
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 251 213 3 5
NEXIUM 247 195 4 19
SIMVASTATIN 148 80 5 2
LISINOPRIL 144 113 6 3
CLONIDINE HCL 144 118 6 39
TRAMADOL HCL 116 79 8 16
FUROSEMIDE 111 76 9 6
GLYBURIDE 111 83 R 9 58
METFORMIN HCL 106 74 11 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 105 81 12 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 105 76 12 1
OMEPRAZOLE 95 80 14 7
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 89 71 15 49
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 85 55 16 17
CLOPIDOGREL 79 68 17 30
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 71 47 18 243
RANITIDINE HCL 70 66 19 56
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 69 56 20 14
PLAVIX 67 58 21 40
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 64 53 22 51
NOVOLIN 70-30 62 32 23 144
LANTUS 58 40 24 45
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 57 13 25 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 56 44 26 9
INSULIN SYRINGE 51 34 27 86
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 Oct. 24, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.