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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,383Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 67 out of 2888

$1.5M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 76 out of 2888

519 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
65%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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

5% of this provider’s 519 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

48% of this provider’s 519 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 14,562 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

43 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 1,356 586 S3 1 4
MELOXICAM 825 576 2 31
SIMVASTATIN 791 590 3 2
LISINOPRIL 773 476 4 3
FUROSEMIDE 727 499 5 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 715 525 6 1
NEXIUM 546 333 7 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 502 308 8 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 479 366 9 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 457 385 10 18
TRAMADOL HCL 445 236 11 16
METFORMIN HCL 386 262 12 8
OMEPRAZOLE 380 234 13 7
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 348 217 14 101
LEVOFLOXACIN 346 217 15 57
SYMBICORT 322 185 16 142
TAMSULOSIN HCL 296 239 17 29
CLOPIDOGREL 279 234 18 30
AZITHROMYCIN 271 178 19 38
LYRICA 269 152 20 69
PROAIR HFA 266 142 21 71
SPIRONOLACTONE 248 138 22 70
GABAPENTIN 236 166 23 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 235 146 24 17
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 233 125 25 32
GEMFIBROZIL 231 155 26 98
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 214 175 27 23
JANUVIA 203 148 28 48
CYMBALTA 202 120 29 44
GLIPIZIDE ER 196 133 30 107
SPIRIVA 192 108 31 79
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 191 148 32 33
SINGULAIR 190 131 33 85
VESICARE 189 120 34 154
CRESTOR 184 147 35 20
ZETIA 180 107 36 81
PLAVIX 176 155 37 40
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 171 136 38 15
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 155 90 39 112
TERBINAFINE HCL 152 90 40 328
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 150 109 41 46
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 150 106 41 9
VYTORIN 144 126 43 155
SUCRALFATE 136 100 44 187
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 133 106 45 47
GLIPIZIDE XL 126 112 46 205
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 126 99 46 153
PREDNISONE 125 74 48 42
AVODART 121 101 49 151
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 118 57 R 50 68
FENTANYL 113 28 S2 51 126
HYDRALAZINE HCL 112 88 52 59
KLOR-CON 10 111 88 53 195
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 110 78 54 51
TRAZODONE HCL 106 32 55 43
INSULIN SYRINGE 106 39 55 86
NIASPAN 105 62 57 127
CEPHALEXIN 100 54 58 119
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 97 90 59 146
PAROXETINE HCL 97 53 59 84
PEN NEEDLE 96 46 61 110
KLOR-CON M10 95 75 62 118
CARVEDILOL 92 72 63 21
LANTUS 92 33 63 45
VENTOLIN HFA 91 55 65 173
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 90 60 66 92
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 90 40 66 136
ALLOPURINOL 86 72 68 37
ADVAIR DISKUS 83 60 69 60
DONEPEZIL HCL 83 68 69 26
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 82 29 71 62
CITALOPRAM HBR 78 41 72 24
CLONIDINE HCL 76 59 73 39
EVISTA 75 67 74 125
HUMALOG 75 36 74 166
NAMENDA 74 72 76 34
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 74 46 76 156
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 71 42 R 78 64
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 71 35 78 519
DIOVAN 66 48 80 35
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 64 52 81 12
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 63 28 82 196
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 63 48 82 314
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 29 84 28
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 59 18 85 128
SERTRALINE HCL 58 37 86 27
EXELON 58 50 86 106
MECLIZINE HCL 53 42 88 122
LIDODERM 52 51 89 105
DIGOXIN 51 51 90 55
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 50 36 91 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 50 49 91 10
NITROSTAT 50 38 91 240
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 6, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.