ProPublica

Journalism in the Public Interest

Cancel

Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

See Other Prescribers With This Specialty in This State »

21,787Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 75 out of 2888

$1.07M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 187 out of 2888

699 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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

24% of this provider’s 699 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 14,903 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

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


Another View

This chart shows a different comparison of all providers in this specialty based on their mix of drugs and volume. Providers are grouped by similarity; those least like their peers are farthest to the right. Hover over the bars to see names of other prescribers.

← Prescribers more like their peers Prescribers less like their peers →
KEY: How to read this
chart

Fewer Prescribers
More Prescribers

This Prescriber
Hover to see more prescribers

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.

Click to Filter by Category

Clear Filter


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 859 619 1 1
LISINOPRIL 776 529 2 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 727 386 S3 3 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 702 520 4 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 659 513 5 5
OMEPRAZOLE 625 468 6 7
METFORMIN HCL 622 470 7 8
FUROSEMIDE 504 328 8 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 431 243 9 17
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 382 270 10 49
GABAPENTIN 347 207 11 13
CLOPIDOGREL 344 275 12 30
SIMVASTATIN 337 248 13 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 331 283 14 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 317 241 15 9
MELOXICAM 307 201 16 31
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 300 247 17 23
TRAMADOL HCL 298 205 18 16
CARVEDILOL 290 188 19 21
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 277 218 20 18
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 275 187 21 47
CLONIDINE HCL 257 144 22 39
NAPROXEN 254 140 23 80
GLIMEPIRIDE 249 194 24 36
ATENOLOL 242 204 25 25
CRESTOR 221 90 26 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 217 166 27 15
NEXIUM 209 145 28 19
TIZANIDINE HCL 197 103 29 133
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 196 131 30 28
PLAVIX 195 159 31 40
SERTRALINE HCL 193 113 32 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 189 112 33 22
PAROXETINE HCL 177 142 34 84
CEPHALEXIN 170 118 35 119
PROMETHAZINE HCL 169 53 R 36 96
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 155 125 37 11
PROAIR HFA 148 98 38 71
JANUVIA 138 86 39 48
TAMSULOSIN HCL 129 97 40 29
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 128 70 R 41 64
GLIPIZIDE 127 110 42 50
ALLOPURINOL 123 80 43 37
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 123 122 43 51
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 114 81 45 14
LANTUS 107 53 46 45
LYRICA 106 82 47 69
PREDNISONE 104 72 48 42
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 100 72 49 32
PENTOXIFYLLINE 96 61 50 286
FAMOTIDINE 95 75 51 75
VYTORIN 91 68 52 155
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 90 61 53 88
FENOFIBRATE 89 59 54 65
CITALOPRAM HBR 87 42 55 24
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 87 61 55 33
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 85 59 57 145
SPIRONOLACTONE 84 58 58 70
ADVAIR DISKUS 84 51 58 60
DIGOXIN 83 67 60 55
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 81 55 61 101
LOVASTATIN 80 73 62 41
MIRTAZAPINE 79 65 63 54
CYMBALTA 77 34 64 44
LEVOFLOXACIN 77 41 64 57
MUPIROCIN 72 45 66 184
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 71 0 R 67 68
DONEPEZIL HCL 69 69 68 26
MECLIZINE HCL 68 46 69 122
INSULIN SYRINGE 67 26 70 86
RISPERIDONE 67 59 70 72
GEMFIBROZIL 66 60 72 98
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 65 32 73 62
EXELON 64 64 74 106
SUCRALFATE 63 53 75 187
INDOMETHACIN 63 25 R 75 374
METHOCARBAMOL 63 29 R 75 176
VENTOLIN HFA 63 41 75 173
TRAZODONE HCL 62 45 79 43
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 62 47 79 124
NAMENDA 61 61 81 34
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 59 42 82 136
TRICOR 59 38 82 91
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 57 47 84 120
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 56 27 85 171
HYDRALAZINE HCL 56 45 85 59
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 56 31 85 92
NITROFURANTOIN 55 44 88 241
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 53 28 89 128
LIDODERM 53 27 89 105
NITROSTAT 51 39 91 240
KLOR-CON 8 50 38 92 265
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 »

Incorrect Info?

If you are a provider and you believe your address is incorrect, check the listing you created on the National Provider Identifier registry. If you change your listing, send a note to drugs@propublica.org and we will update your information. If you have other questions about this data, send a note to drugs@propublica.org.

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 Feb. 5, 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.