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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,733Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 170 out of 2888

$1.14M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 155 out of 2888

649 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
56% 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

6% of this provider’s 649 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 649 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 12,960 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 617 334 S3 1 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 521 415 2 12
OMEPRAZOLE 403 309 3 7
LISINOPRIL 349 267 4 3
ALLOPURINOL 343 296 5 37
SYNTHROID 342 292 6 52
FUROSEMIDE 338 268 7 6
BYSTOLIC 307 276 8 99
WARFARIN SODIUM 304 280 9 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 298 241 10 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 259 237 11 5
TRAMADOL HCL 252 214 12 16
SERTRALINE HCL 223 157 13 27
NEXIUM 222 200 14 19
LOVASTATIN 219 214 15 41
METFORMIN HCL 203 158 16 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 199 148 17 24
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 197 171 18 1
MELOXICAM 187 150 19 31
GEMFIBROZIL 184 140 20 98
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 180 167 21 11
SPIRONOLACTONE 169 130 22 70
CARVEDILOL 168 133 23 21
TRAZODONE HCL 158 109 24 43
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 155 101 R 25 74
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 153 146 26 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 150 150 27 26
GABAPENTIN 146 91 28 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 139 115 29 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 137 128 30 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 134 115 31 29
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 132 108 32 67
INDAPAMIDE 126 96 33 235
CRESTOR 124 101 34 20
SIMVASTATIN 123 121 35 2
DIOVAN 118 99 36 35
ADVAIR DISKUS 117 72 37 60
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 110 98 38 9
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 108 102 39 33
CLOPIDOGREL 107 101 40 30
PREDNISONE 107 77 40 42
CEFUROXIME 101 75 42 130
CELEBREX 99 88 43 89
NAMENDA 94 94 44 34
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 92 79 45 28
CYMBALTA 92 49 45 44
GLIMEPIRIDE 89 69 47 36
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 85 77 48 32
METFORMIN HCL ER 84 61 49 53
DIGOXIN 84 63 49 55
PREMARIN 81 66 R 51 129
LOVAZA 80 54 52 97
CARISOPRODOL 79 22 R 53 82
PROAIR HFA 78 22 54 71
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 78 78 R 54 64
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 76 64 56 377
ACTOS 76 65 56 108
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 75 65 58 47
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 74 58 59 10
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 73 73 60 146
NABUMETONE 73 72 60 204
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 69 58 62 23
LEVOFLOXACIN 68 48 63 57
JANUVIA 67 43 64 48
LYRICA 67 44 64 69
METHADONE HCL 67 37 S2 64 216
DIOVAN HCT 67 65 64 61
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 66 40 68 196
RANITIDINE HCL 66 49 68 56
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 62 52 R 70 381
BENICAR HCT 62 37 70 181
TRANDOLAPRIL 61 61 72 550
PLAVIX 61 55 72 40
METHOTREXATE 60 37 74 207
FLUCONAZOLE 59 40 75 199
HYDROXYZINE HCL 56 38 R 76 174
AMIODARONE HCL 56 56 76 167
KLOR-CON M20 56 50 76 90
ROPINIROLE HCL 54 54 79 115
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 54 35 R 79 68
KLOR-CON 10 52 41 81 195
PAROXETINE HCL 52 34 81 84
DILTIAZEM ER 52 52 81 182
TERAZOSIN HCL 51 49 84 152
TORSEMIDE 51 22 84 158
FLUOXETINE HCL 50 24 86 83
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 50 38 86 264
NAPROXEN 50 44 86 80
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 Jan. 21, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.