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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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36,385Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 2888

$2.4M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 2888

928 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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 928 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 928 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 31,362 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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
METFORMIN HCL 1,097 868 1 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,027 950 2 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 952 846 3 9
SIMVASTATIN 942 809 4 2
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 786 658 5 33
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 754 687 6 1
FUROSEMIDE 754 662 6 6
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 741 591 8 49
CARVEDILOL 702 613 9 21
CALCITRIOL 698 678 10 222
NEXIUM 677 576 11 19
NAPROXEN 655 583 10 12 80
OMEPRAZOLE 641 545 13 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 633 555 14 10
LISINOPRIL 617 547 15 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 606 493 S3 16 4
TRAMADOL HCL 591 498 17 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 523 458 18 18
CRESTOR 518 464 19 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 512 502 20 29
CLOPIDOGREL 455 413 21 30
DONEPEZIL HCL 425 414 22 26
PLAVIX 415 392 23 40
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 398 372 24 67
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 396 343 25 17
JANUVIA 386 303 26 48
IBUPROFEN 375 298 27 87
HYDRALAZINE HCL 363 323 28 59
DIOVAN 360 352 29 35
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 344 315 30 11
NAMENDA 341 325 31 34
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 335 278 32 15
HYDROCODONE BIT-IBUPROFEN 330 257 S3 10 33 280
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 308 270 34 141
ATENOLOL 306 248 35 25
TRICOR 283 229 36 91
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 266 261 37 23
AVODART 265 249 38 151
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 256 205 R 39 64
RANITIDINE HCL 250 211 40 56
CITALOPRAM HBR 246 220 41 24
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 244 206 42 12
GLIPIZIDE XL 239 190 43 205
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 235 209 44 51
LANTUS 232 174 45 45
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 225 219 46 46
MELOXICAM 216 190 47 31
PREDNISONE 213 150 48 42
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 208 170 49 116
GABAPENTIN 204 183 50 13
LYRICA 202 135 51 69
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 199 177 52 95
ALLOPURINOL 199 196 52 37
WARFARIN SODIUM 198 167 54 22
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 198 163 54 88
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 183 176 56 94
BYSTOLIC 180 179 57 99
CEFUROXIME 179 149 58 130
FINASTERIDE 179 178 58 102
MECLIZINE HCL 177 158 60 122
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 176 155 61 62
CLONIDINE HCL 176 157 61 39
CYMBALTA 175 95 63 44
ONGLYZA 172 138 64 210
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 172 127 64 92
SUCRALFATE 163 142 66 187
BENAZEPRIL HCL 161 152 67 77
SERTRALINE HCL 150 92 68 27
SYMBICORT 146 119 69 142
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 146 128 R 69 74
VESICARE 143 128 71 154
DIOVAN HCT 142 118 72 61
INSULIN SYRINGE 134 111 73 86
LOVAZA 134 120 73 97
SINGULAIR 134 101 73 85
AMOXICILLIN 132 106 76 117
ACTONEL 130 114 77 149
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 130 118 77 156
MEGESTROL ACETATE 129 126 R 79 140
LACTULOSE 126 117 80 111
LEVOFLOXACIN 125 104 81 57
CILOSTAZOL 119 118 82 165
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 112 108 83 113
LEVEMIR 112 90 83 135
DIGOXIN 105 95 85 55
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 104 96 86 14
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 102 62 R 87 68
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 98 60 88 209
CELEBREX 96 96 89 89
GLIMEPIRIDE 93 85 90 36
GLIPIZIDE ER 93 87 90 107
SPIRIVA 92 72 92 79
PEN NEEDLE 91 72 93 110
LIPITOR 90 74 94 78
KOMBIGLYZE XR 88 70 95 393
AMIODARONE HCL 88 88 95 167
FORTEO 85 82 97 292
VOLTAREN 85 82 97 157
EXELON 85 85 97 106
AZITHROMYCIN 81 66 100 38
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 80 68 101 47
CARBAMAZEPINE 80 48 101 217
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 80 61 101 153
RIVASTIGMINE 79 79 104 335
GLYBURIDE 78 66 R 105 58
GEMFIBROZIL 78 51 105 98
FENOFIBRATE 78 66 105 65
ACTOS 78 65 105 108
TOPIRAMATE 75 34 109 206
FENTANYL 74 65 S2 110 126
GLIPIZIDE 74 66 110 50
DICYCLOMINE HCL 70 55 112 224
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 70 65 112 202
LEXAPRO 69 66 114 198
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 69 51 114 291
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 68 59 116 290
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 65 116 28
DILTIAZEM ER 68 66 116 182
AGGRENOX 67 65 119 223
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 67 47 119 128
ZETIA 66 58 121 81
SEROQUEL XR 65 52 122 271
SURE COMFORT 64 42 123 276
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 64 55 123 196
TORSEMIDE 63 56 125 158
FAMOTIDINE 63 56 125 75
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 62 59 127 66
TOVIAZ 61 52 128 474
DOXEPIN HCL 60 58 129 248
EXFORGE 60 60 129 159
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 60 51 129 234
ADVAIR DISKUS 59 55 132 60
VYTORIN 55 50 133 155
BYETTA 55 55 133 322
MUPIROCIN 54 44 135 184
COREG CR 53 53 136 432
SANTYL 50 32 137 210
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.