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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,896Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 226 out of 2888

$724K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 447 out of 2888

816 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
48% 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 816 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 816 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 11,250 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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
SIMVASTATIN 789 630 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 779 609 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 656 580 3 5
LISINOPRIL 648 491 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 609 491 5 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 560 345 S3 6 4
CRESTOR 426 350 7 20
METFORMIN HCL 424 329 8 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 364 317 9 11
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 360 288 10 32
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 346 274 11 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 309 273 12 18
TRAMADOL HCL 293 213 13 16
GABAPENTIN 265 141 14 13
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 239 202 15 28
FUROSEMIDE 224 182 16 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 192 160 17 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 187 172 18 29
CITALOPRAM HBR 186 146 19 24
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 177 158 20 46
SERTRALINE HCL 166 128 21 27
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 165 128 22 12
ADVAIR DISKUS 163 129 23 60
PREDNISONE 156 113 24 42
AZITHROMYCIN 145 103 25 38
PROAIR HFA 140 103 26 71
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 137 104 27 33
GLIPIZIDE ER 121 97 28 107
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 117 88 29 14
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 116 109 30 23
LEVEMIR 114 98 31 135
LANTUS 110 85 32 45
INSULIN SYRINGE 99 64 33 86
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 97 68 R 34 68
FLUOXETINE HCL 94 60 35 83
CARVEDILOL 91 51 36 21
GLIPIZIDE XL 88 63 37 205
LAMOTRIGINE 88 32 37 257
WARFARIN SODIUM 88 75 37 22
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 88 78 37 63
KLOR-CON 10 80 54 41 195
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 80 72 41 9
PREMARIN 78 52 R 43 129
CLONIDINE HCL 76 45 44 39
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 73 59 45 10
CYMBALTA 73 43 45 44
TRAZODONE HCL 68 36 47 43
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 67 42 48 263
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 64 48 R 49 74
MELOXICAM 64 54 49 31
NAMENDA 63 63 51 34
TRICOR 62 49 52 91
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 62 32 52 66
RANITIDINE HCL 62 59 52 56
LOVASTATIN 61 49 55 41
SPIRIVA 60 56 56 79
ATENOLOL 58 44 57 25
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 58 34 57 145
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 56 44 59 47
CARISOPRODOL 54 25 R 60 82
ESTRADIOL 52 38 R 61 139
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 Jan. 31, 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.