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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,446Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 403 out of 2888

$870K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 294 out of 2888

680 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
13% 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

4% of this provider’s 680 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 680 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 10,218 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$76 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 684 607 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 372 337 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 332 282 3 2
LISINOPRIL 269 242 4 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 256 222 S3 5 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 238 225 6 9
METFORMIN HCL 216 202 7 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 205 176 8 17
OMEPRAZOLE 194 191 9 7
FUROSEMIDE 193 181 10 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 177 127 11 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 169 166 12 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 157 120 13 14
MELOXICAM 156 145 14 31
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 143 123 15 67
WARFARIN SODIUM 143 138 15 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 141 141 17 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 132 106 18 10
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 131 115 19 101
SYNTHROID 131 130 19 52
LEVOFLOXACIN 130 117 21 57
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 127 127 22 18
GLIMEPIRIDE 127 113 22 36
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 125 101 24 28
GABAPENTIN 123 120 25 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 118 110 26 33
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 107 90 27 46
TRAMADOL HCL 106 101 28 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 102 102 29 26
ATENOLOL 101 87 30 25
ALLOPURINOL 100 97 31 37
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 100 91 31 62
NEXIUM 98 83 33 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 96 91 34 11
DIOVAN HCT 94 94 35 61
CRESTOR 92 79 36 20
CEFDINIR 89 81 37 194
CLOPIDOGREL 85 79 38 30
ADVAIR DISKUS 82 71 39 60
CARVEDILOL 81 74 40 21
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 78 71 41 120
TAMSULOSIN HCL 78 64 41 29
FLUOXETINE HCL 74 67 43 83
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 73 67 44 12
JANUVIA 70 70 45 48
LOVASTATIN 69 63 46 41
FENOFIBRATE 69 60 46 65
RAMIPRIL 68 68 48 73
SERTRALINE HCL 65 55 49 27
TRAZODONE HCL 65 45 49 43
CYMBALTA 64 57 51 44
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 63 54 52 32
DIOVAN 61 59 53 35
BYSTOLIC 59 48 54 99
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 58 56 55 47
PLAVIX 56 53 56 40
EVISTA 56 56 56 125
COUMADIN 55 37 58 219
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 55 52 58 202
ZETIA 54 49 60 81
PREMARIN 50 50 R 61 129
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 18, 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.