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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,882Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 136 out of 2888

$970K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 228 out of 2888

410 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
72% 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

22% of this provider’s 410 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 15,625 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

44 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
FUROSEMIDE 613 583 1 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 597 565 2 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 530 403 S3 3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 510 454 4 1
SIMVASTATIN 429 351 5 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 405 352 6 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 384 349 7 12
CARVEDILOL 364 339 8 21
MIRTAZAPINE 327 301 9 54
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 315 262 10 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 284 254 11 10
LISINOPRIL 281 256 12 3
RISPERIDONE 275 230 13 72
OMEPRAZOLE 239 205 14 7
GABAPENTIN 239 208 14 13
CRESTOR 233 192 16 20
METFORMIN HCL 218 173 17 8
TAMSULOSIN HCL 217 192 18 29
RANITIDINE HCL 214 180 19 56
NAMENDA 213 213 20 34
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 205 193 21 18
GLIMEPIRIDE 185 179 22 36
DIGOXIN 184 172 23 55
RAMIPRIL 180 117 24 73
SPIRONOLACTONE 172 168 25 70
BENAZEPRIL HCL 164 138 26 77
CITALOPRAM HBR 155 128 27 24
FAMOTIDINE 150 140 28 75
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 147 132 29 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 147 147 29 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 146 134 31 15
EXFORGE 146 146 31 159
TRAMADOL HCL 133 118 33 16
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 130 120 34 33
PREDNISONE 125 123 35 42
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 123 117 36 17
CYMBALTA 119 119 37 44
DONEPEZIL HCL 118 106 38 26
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 118 108 38 62
MELOXICAM 115 99 40 31
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 114 112 41 309
CLOPIDOGREL 111 104 42 30
FINASTERIDE 110 97 43 102
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 106 93 44 95
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 94 77 45 28
NOVOLOG 93 71 46 114
DIOVAN 89 89 47 35
NIASPAN 87 74 48 127
PAROXETINE HCL 83 43 49 84
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 79 76 50 150
SERTRALINE HCL 79 75 50 27
TRAZODONE HCL 79 65 50 43
FENOFIBRATE 78 65 53 65
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 76 76 54 66
PLAVIX 76 71 54 40
ENABLEX 75 75 56 269
LEVEMIR 74 74 57 135
NOVOLIN R 74 53 57 109
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 74 59 57 23
OLANZAPINE 73 39 60 137
NEXIUM 72 51 61 19
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 69 69 62 46
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 67 67 63 51
EXELON 67 57 63 106
SPIRIVA 67 65 63 79
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 65 58 66 47
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 65 42 66 93
HYDRALAZINE HCL 64 64 68 59
FELODIPINE ER 63 63 69 175
LIPITOR 63 40 69 78
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 61 49 71 134
CLONIDINE HCL 61 47 71 39
PRIMIDONE 60 39 73 287
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 59 59 74 113
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 58 24 75 226
NOVOLIN 70-30 56 30 76 144
PROAIR HFA 55 40 77 71
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 55 28 77 209
ATENOLOL 55 55 77 25
SEROQUEL 50 48 80 143
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 April 8, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.