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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,315Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 207 out of 2888

$1.2M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 134 out of 2888

671 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
8% 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 671 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 671 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 14,513 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$78 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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 910 865 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 583 557 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 499 481 3 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 333 329 4 5
MELOXICAM 315 301 5 31
METFORMIN HCL ER 310 294 6 53
METFORMIN HCL 302 284 7 8
LISINOPRIL 292 271 8 3
RAMIPRIL 274 266 9 73
TRAMADOL HCL 231 219 10 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 230 187 11 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 230 224 11 11
GLYBURIDE 203 186 R 13 58
GABAPENTIN 198 179 14 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 197 176 S3 15 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 189 187 16 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 189 178 16 10
JANUVIA 172 154 18 48
CARVEDILOL 172 164 18 21
FUROSEMIDE 170 160 20 6
TAMSULOSIN HCL 170 162 20 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 157 155 22 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 149 139 23 9
FENOFIBRATE 149 129 23 65
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 141 137 25 12
CRESTOR 129 118 26 20
TERAZOSIN HCL 127 127 27 152
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 126 120 28 28
FINASTERIDE 126 122 28 102
GLIMEPIRIDE 125 124 30 36
ALLOPURINOL 123 119 31 37
LANTUS 120 115 32 45
ATENOLOL 115 115 33 25
CLOPIDOGREL 114 114 34 30
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 108 35 15
SPIRONOLACTONE 111 95 36 70
SERTRALINE HCL 108 104 37 27
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 103 38 46
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 98 82 39 120
ESTRADIOL 97 97 R 40 139
EXELON 96 96 41 106
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 94 90 42 92
LOVASTATIN 94 94 42 41
CEFUROXIME 93 85 44 130
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 93 78 44 14
DIOVAN HCT 91 91 46 61
VICTOZA 3-PAK 91 67 46 331
CYMBALTA 89 89 48 44
DIGOXIN 89 89 48 55
PLAVIX 88 88 50 40
TORSEMIDE 88 83 50 158
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 85 79 52 47
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 83 55 53 67
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 79 79 54 132
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 78 78 55 63
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 76 73 R 56 64
PRANDIN 73 68 57 305
SYNTHROID 72 71 58 52
DONEPEZIL HCL 71 71 59 26
FLUOXETINE HCL 71 66 59 83
NAMENDA 70 70 61 34
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 69 68 62 32
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 68 68 63 23
DIOVAN 63 63 64 35
TRICOR 63 63 64 91
GLIPIZIDE ER 62 58 66 107
BENAZEPRIL HCL 61 61 67 77
CELEBREX 60 60 68 89
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 60 53 68 171
TIZANIDINE HCL 59 59 70 133
TRAZODONE HCL 57 56 71 43
CITALOPRAM HBR 57 55 71 24
LIPITOR 56 55 73 78
JANUMET 56 56 73 131
NEXIUM 53 51 75 19
PAROXETINE HCL 51 51 76 84
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 May 19, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.