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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,815Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 46 out of 2888

$1.4M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 84 out of 2888

508 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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

7% of this provider’s 508 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

32% of this provider’s 508 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 21,352 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

49 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 867 772 1 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 852 743 2 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 762 664 S3 3 4
SIMVASTATIN 731 622 4 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 709 677 5 26
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 699 624 6 10
LISINOPRIL 684 603 7 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 581 507 8 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 537 455 9 14
SERTRALINE HCL 506 437 10 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 504 433 11 22
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 390 324 12 66
MIRTAZAPINE 389 363 13 54
NAMENDA 383 383 14 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 377 340 15 24
GABAPENTIN 351 292 16 13
TRAMADOL HCL 316 282 17 16
OMEPRAZOLE 304 234 18 7
CARVEDILOL 291 242 19 21
CLOPIDOGREL 290 265 20 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 262 236 21 33
HYDRALAZINE HCL 261 224 22 59
LIDODERM 260 251 23 105
LANTUS 253 195 24 45
RISPERIDONE 251 207 25 72
CLONIDINE HCL 239 211 26 39
DIGOXIN 223 205 27 55
CYMBALTA 216 158 28 44
TRAZODONE HCL 214 192 29 43
LACTULOSE 206 165 30 111
LEVOFLOXACIN 197 172 31 57
METFORMIN HCL 192 177 32 8
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 187 170 33 51
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 179 150 34 62
NOVOLOG 175 130 35 114
NYSTATIN 164 134 36 178
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 163 133 37 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 160 127 38 17
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 151 151 39 113
AMIODARONE HCL 145 128 40 167
PROMETHAZINE HCL 145 113 R 40 96
PLAVIX 144 133 42 40
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 143 133 43 11
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 142 131 44 134
SANTYL 142 106 44 210
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 139 131 46 100
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 139 108 46 15
BACLOFEN 135 87 48 121
PREDNISONE 132 125 49 42
SEROQUEL 130 116 50 143
ATENOLOL 129 120 51 25
PAROXETINE HCL 129 108 51 84
FAMOTIDINE 126 96 53 75
LEVETIRACETAM 125 92 54 103
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 122 101 55 18
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 120 114 56 188
BUSPIRONE HCL 120 111 56 148
MUPIROCIN 114 105 58 184
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 109 88 59 132
FENTANYL 106 84 S2 60 126
NIFEDIPINE ER 106 97 60 76
KLOR-CON M20 106 97 60 90
DIOVAN 103 103 63 35
NOVOLIN R 102 78 64 109
TAMSULOSIN HCL 101 71 65 29
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 101 77 65 183
EXELON 99 99 67 106
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 97 81 68 162
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 96 90 69 150
DETROL LA 93 93 70 192
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 85 76 71 32
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 80 78 72 93
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 79 58 73 124
RAMIPRIL 76 70 74 73
RANITIDINE HCL 74 53 75 56
HUMALOG 72 57 76 166
NYSTOP 71 68 77 334
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 70 70 78 23
KLOR-CON M10 69 68 79 118
LEXAPRO 66 62 80 198
DILTIAZEM HCL 66 64 80 236
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 66 37 80 185
GLIPIZIDE 66 64 80 50
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 64 62 84 146
SPIRONOLACTONE 63 45 85 70
LYRICA 60 59 86 69
INVANZ 57 43 87 563
LATANOPROST 57 57 87 197
ABILIFY 56 54 89 172
ADVAIR DISKUS 55 51 90 60
FLUOXETINE HCL 55 40 90 83
SODIUM CHLORIDE 54 40 92 371
ALLOPURINOL 54 41 92 37
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 54 49 92 253
GLYBURIDE 54 54 R 92 58
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 54 46 92 290
LEVEMIR 53 34 97 135
MEGESTROL ACETATE 51 44 R 98 140
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 51 46 98 320
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 50 39 100 128
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 June 25, 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.