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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,760Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 198 out of 2888

$809K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 352 out of 2888

564 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
66% 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

3% of this provider’s 564 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 564 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 13,015 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% 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

28 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
LISINOPRIL 657 540 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 617 512 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 588 531 3 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 528 466 4 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 469 408 5 14
GABAPENTIN 462 336 6 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 455 353 S3 7 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 369 316 8 10
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 365 317 9 66
OMEPRAZOLE 354 335 10 7
TRAMADOL HCL 323 232 11 16
MIRTAZAPINE 287 266 12 54
METFORMIN HCL 274 205 13 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 266 205 14 22
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 238 216 15 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 227 215 16 26
NAMENDA 216 216 17 34
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 214 159 18 33
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 209 196 19 51
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 200 141 20 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 197 158 21 11
CLOZAPINE 193 109 22 367
DIGOXIN 181 181 23 55
GLIPIZIDE 172 125 24 50
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 150 126 25 15
ATENOLOL 127 107 26 25
LANTUS 123 88 27 45
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 114 106 28 18
CLONIDINE HCL 113 104 29 39
SEROQUEL 113 94 29 143
AZITHROMYCIN 108 89 31 38
INSULIN SYRINGE 107 75 32 86
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 106 100 33 12
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 103 83 34 88
SPIRONOLACTONE 102 95 35 70
MELOXICAM 99 85 36 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 94 65 37 29
ALLOPURINOL 92 92 38 37
CITALOPRAM HBR 91 72 39 24
CARVEDILOL 91 90 39 21
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 91 70 39 93
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 86 71 42 49
NEXIUM 81 58 43 19
LEVOFLOXACIN 78 73 44 57
RAMIPRIL 78 36 44 73
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 78 74 44 17
CYMBALTA 78 63 44 44
PREDNISONE 76 58 48 42
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 75 48 28
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 75 39 50 62
CRESTOR 75 61 50 20
CLOPIDOGREL 74 53 52 30
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 73 37 53 128
TRILIPIX 72 37 54 160
PLAVIX 71 60 55 40
MEGESTROL ACETATE 71 70 R 55 140
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 68 68 57 113
GLIMEPIRIDE 68 46 57 36
SPIRIVA 63 49 59 79
FENTANYL 63 63 S2 59 126
SERTRALINE HCL 60 60 61 27
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 60 36 61 100
GEMFIBROZIL 60 38 61 98
PROMETHAZINE HCL 57 50 R 64 96
DIOVAN 56 56 65 35
ADVAIR DISKUS 56 43 65 60
CEFDINIR 55 47 67 194
JANUVIA 55 36 67 48
HYDRALAZINE HCL 52 52 69 59
NOVOLIN R 52 47 69 109
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 51 46 71 47
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 51 51 71 94
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 51 51 71 23
CARBAMAZEPINE 50 36 74 217
COMBIVENT 50 29 74 177
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 8, 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.