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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,632Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 62 out of 2888

$1.16M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 147 out of 2888

991 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
48%Patients 65 Years and Older
81% 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

2% of this provider’s 991 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

44% of this provider’s 991 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 11,564 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

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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 2,164 729 S3 1 4
LISINOPRIL 988 552 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 833 494 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 796 495 4 6
METFORMIN HCL 737 367 5 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 613 356 6 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 565 320 7 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 447 249 8 5
OMEPRAZOLE 443 293 9 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 441 165 10 17
NEXIUM 385 195 11 19
TRAMADOL HCL 367 141 12 16
IBUPROFEN 327 166 13 87
GABAPENTIN 306 92 14 13
CARVEDILOL 266 141 15 21
AZITHROMYCIN 243 107 16 38
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 240 139 17 9
DIOVAN 229 84 18 35
NAPROXEN 222 139 19 80
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 218 128 20 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 200 161 21 14
PROAIR HFA 191 78 22 71
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 190 89 23 47
GLYBURIDE 187 99 R 24 58
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 183 165 25 23
HYDRALAZINE HCL 182 113 26 59
CRESTOR 181 122 27 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 179 127 28 11
GLIPIZIDE 178 84 29 50
NIFEDIPINE ER 174 110 30 76
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 173 87 31 49
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 170 24 R 32 68
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 167 86 33 88
PLAVIX 158 112 34 40
SPIRONOLACTONE 143 63 35 70
CLOPIDOGREL 142 108 36 30
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 132 78 37 67
ADVAIR DISKUS 132 79 37 60
BENAZEPRIL HCL 132 53 37 77
LANTUS 132 25 37 45
SERTRALINE HCL 132 60 37 27
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 130 45 42 128
BYSTOLIC 129 45 43 99
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 125 55 44 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 125 117 44 26
SYMBICORT 121 46 46 142
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 117 92 47 51
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 115 56 48 12
INSULIN SYRINGE 111 34 49 86
VENTOLIN HFA 110 43 50 173
DIOVAN HCT 109 74 51 61
CLONIDINE HCL 108 48 52 39
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 107 53 53 145
TAMSULOSIN HCL 106 95 54 29
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 103 55 55 116
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 45 56 28
ALLOPURINOL 95 71 57 37
SINGULAIR 88 40 58 85
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 87 29 59 136
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 82 35 60 32
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 81 18 R 61 74
NOVOLIN N 80 42 62 255
PREDNISONE 76 44 63 42
NIFEDICAL XL 75 53 64 190
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 74 18 65 92
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 74 37 S3 65 147
EXFORGE 73 45 67 159
CYMBALTA 71 0 68 44
LEVETIRACETAM 71 20 68 103
HYDROXYZINE HCL 70 28 R 70 174
CARISOPRODOL 69 11 R 71 82
AMOXICILLIN 68 32 72 117
MECLIZINE HCL 68 61 72 122
PENICILLIN V POTASSIUM 66 19 74 532
LYRICA 66 21 74 69
VERAPAMIL ER 66 54 74 104
TRICOR 64 23 77 91
AMPICILLIN TRIHYDRATE 63 29 78 542
DEXILANT 62 31 79 186
NOVOLIN 70-30 62 33 79 144
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 60 34 81 153
SEROQUEL 59 31 82 143
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 59 30 R 82 64
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 59 52 82 63
WARFARIN SODIUM 58 40 85 22
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 58 36 85 33
PAROXETINE HCL 57 26 87 84
XOPENEX HFA 56 33 88 371
NIFEDIAC CC 56 52 88 300
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 33 90 46
SPIRIVA 54 29 91 79
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 54 18 91 66
AGGRENOX 54 44 91 223
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 54 49 91 146
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 53 20 95 62
NASONEX 53 0 95 168
LIPITOR 53 16 95 78
HUMULIN N 52 22 98 267
DIGOXIN 50 26 99 55
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 30, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.