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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,450Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 201 out of 2888

$789K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 375 out of 2888

520 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
62% 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

3% of this provider’s 520 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 520 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 12,083 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% 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

30 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 776 600 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 459 383 2 7
FUROSEMIDE 435 357 3 6
GABAPENTIN 427 279 4 13
SIMVASTATIN 418 343 5 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 400 258 S3 6 4
METFORMIN HCL 390 317 7 8
LIOTHYRONINE SODIUM 347 276 10 8 277
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 337 239 9 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 323 298 10 5
LISINOPRIL 306 264 11 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 278 244 12 22
TRAMADOL HCL 272 209 13 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 262 209 14 10
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 214 163 15 123
ARMOUR THYROID 204 165 R 10 16 418
CARVEDILOL 188 180 17 21
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 181 109 18 32
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 173 144 19 101
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 166 163 20 18
SERTRALINE HCL 164 132 21 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 144 116 22 24
RISPERIDONE 134 108 23 72
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 132 123 24 15
CLONIDINE HCL 129 88 25 39
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 123 93 26 12
MUPIROCIN 122 87 27 184
NEXIUM 121 79 28 19
GLIMEPIRIDE 107 92 29 36
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 106 99 30 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 105 75 31 9
TAMSULOSIN HCL 102 93 32 29
LEVOFLOXACIN 102 81 32 57
DONEPEZIL HCL 102 102 32 26
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 99 75 35 128
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 98 63 36 11
NAMENDA 98 91 36 34
LANTUS 96 70 38 45
ATENOLOL 95 79 39 25
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 95 51 39 17
LACTULOSE 93 33 41 111
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 92 73 R 42 68
TRAZODONE HCL 91 58 43 43
CLOPIDOGREL 86 60 44 30
DIGOXIN 85 77 45 55
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 82 52 46 62
GLYBURIDE 79 79 R 47 58
PREDNISONE 77 76 48 42
NOVOLIN R 74 55 49 109
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 74 67 49 358
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 74 32 49 124
PREMARIN 74 52 R 49 129
TRICOR 68 67 53 91
BACLOFEN 67 46 54 121
DIOVAN 66 62 55 35
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 64 62 56 33
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 64 53 56 51
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 64 49 56 188
CARISOPRODOL 63 18 R 59 82
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 63 39 59 49
FLUOXETINE HCL 63 53 59 83
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 62 45 62 67
MELOXICAM 62 56 62 31
MIRTAZAPINE 60 35 64 54
LIDODERM 60 52 64 105
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 59 47 66 290
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 59 51 66 47
CELEBREX 58 40 68 89
KLOR-CON M10 58 58 68 118
SPIRIVA 55 47 70 79
DETROL LA 55 48 70 192
FENTANYL 55 40 S2 70 126
TORSEMIDE 53 48 73 158
PLAVIX 53 39 73 40
HYDROXYZINE HCL 52 43 R 75 174
CYMBALTA 52 38 75 44
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 51 42 77 134
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 50 78 28
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. 1, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.