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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,326Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 55 out of 2888

$1.35M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 96 out of 2888

740 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
51% 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 740 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 740 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 20,693 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,162 1,043 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 855 775 2 2
LISINOPRIL 817 736 3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 703 668 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 628 557 5 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 481 430 6 14
OMEPRAZOLE 478 451 7 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 462 412 8 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 416 354 S3 9 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 415 391 10 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 410 366 11 24
ATENOLOL 365 344 12 25
NAMENDA 358 333 13 34
WARFARIN SODIUM 334 252 14 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 316 278 15 17
DIOVAN 293 277 16 35
TRAMADOL HCL 292 227 17 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 247 237 18 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 235 215 19 15
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 234 218 20 66
GABAPENTIN 234 178 20 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 233 226 22 18
METFORMIN HCL ER 226 216 23 53
DONEPEZIL HCL 223 210 24 26
TRAZODONE HCL 220 207 25 43
METFORMIN HCL 213 191 26 8
SERTRALINE HCL 211 202 27 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 192 156 28 33
DIGOXIN 188 181 29 55
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 179 150 30 51
CRESTOR 175 141 31 20
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 172 151 32 12
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 167 120 33 100
CLOPIDOGREL 166 146 34 30
NEXIUM 161 143 35 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 152 141 36 29
MELOXICAM 135 129 37 31
PREDNISONE 125 117 38 42
SEROQUEL 124 113 39 143
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 123 87 40 120
CYMBALTA 119 101 41 44
PLAVIX 117 98 42 40
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 113 113 43 62
BUPROPION XL 112 75 44 212
BENAZEPRIL HCL 112 108 44 77
MIRTAZAPINE 109 89 46 54
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 108 92 47 132
LANTUS 106 102 48 45
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 105 105 49 23
EXELON 104 87 50 106
BUSPIRONE HCL 104 83 50 148
SYNTHROID 103 103 52 52
CLONIDINE HCL 103 79 52 39
RANITIDINE HCL 103 93 52 56
CARVEDILOL 99 83 55 21
SPIRIVA 97 96 56 79
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 97 65 R 56 68
ALLOPURINOL 94 90 58 37
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 91 76 59 32
SINGULAIR 91 60 59 85
LOVASTATIN 90 90 61 41
LYRICA 88 62 62 69
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 88 64 62 94
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 88 87 R 62 74
ADVAIR DISKUS 87 70 65 60
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 73 66 28
PERMETHRIN 82 77 67 452
CEFUROXIME 81 68 68 130
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 80 74 69 88
AZITHROMYCIN 77 70 70 38
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 76 76 71 124
PREMARIN 76 73 R 71 129
HYDRALAZINE HCL 76 51 71 59
TRICOR 75 70 74 91
LEVETIRACETAM 73 47 75 103
IBUPROFEN 73 63 75 87
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 71 69 77 47
FLUOXETINE HCL 68 58 78 83
PAROXETINE HCL 68 68 78 84
FENTANYL 67 51 S2 80 126
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 67 54 80 128
ESTRADIOL 66 62 R 82 139
CELEBREX 65 49 83 89
FELODIPINE ER 63 63 84 175
GLIMEPIRIDE 63 60 84 36
FAMOTIDINE 62 58 86 75
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 62 48 86 185
BACLOFEN 61 27 88 121
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 61 88 46
LACTULOSE 60 58 90 111
BYSTOLIC 58 58 91 99
ACTOS 58 58 91 108
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 58 35 91 146
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 57 55 94 134
ROPINIROLE HCL 57 42 94 115
NOVOLIN R 56 51 96 109
RISPERIDONE 56 49 96 72
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 55 42 98 63
LIPITOR 55 55 98 78
DIOVAN HCT 55 55 98 61
GLYBURIDE 54 53 R 101 58
GLIPIZIDE 54 54 101 50
PROAIR HFA 54 49 101 71
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 53 53 104 264
INSULIN SYRINGE 52 49 105 86
PROPRANOLOL HCL 51 51 106 164
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 July 9, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.