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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,054Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 188 out of 2888

$845K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 312 out of 2888

495 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

34% of this provider’s 495 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 10,813 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 642 498 1 12
OMEPRAZOLE 547 383 2 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 483 364 3 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 482 323 S3 4 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 471 311 5 18
LISINOPRIL 456 277 6 3
METFORMIN HCL 447 345 7 8
FUROSEMIDE 406 266 8 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 367 264 9 11
ALLOPURINOL 331 273 10 37
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 331 228 10 10
SIMVASTATIN 314 189 12 2
TRAMADOL HCL 309 171 13 16
GABAPENTIN 305 166 14 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 288 223 15 9
HYDRALAZINE HCL 278 213 16 59
NIFEDIPINE ER 249 194 17 76
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 230 147 18 14
CARVEDILOL 229 176 19 21
DIOVAN 219 168 20 35
CRESTOR 211 122 21 20
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 211 184 21 1
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 203 109 23 17
JANUVIA 187 148 24 48
CLOPIDOGREL 184 138 25 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 156 94 26 33
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 153 58 27 63
TIZANIDINE HCL 144 81 28 133
BENAZEPRIL HCL 142 115 29 77
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 138 95 30 28
NEXIUM 137 44 31 19
SYMBICORT 134 84 32 142
DIOVAN HCT 127 90 33 61
GLIMEPIRIDE 126 92 34 36
MELOXICAM 125 71 35 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 124 109 36 29
CEFUROXIME 123 79 37 130
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 120 93 38 95
PREDNISONE 119 95 39 42
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 113 87 40 51
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 106 47 41 32
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 106 100 41 23
PLAVIX 103 85 43 40
LANTUS 98 41 44 45
PROAIR HFA 97 62 45 71
DILTIAZEM ER 93 54 46 182
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 87 62 47 15
INSULIN SYRINGE 87 34 47 86
NIFEDICAL XL 85 73 49 190
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 84 64 50 67
BACLOFEN 80 49 51 121
WARFARIN SODIUM 80 62 51 22
SINGULAIR 78 48 53 85
KLOR-CON M20 78 67 53 90
EXFORGE 77 59 55 159
LEVOFLOXACIN 74 33 56 57
RAMIPRIL 71 57 57 73
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 70 44 R 58 74
ATENOLOL 68 54 59 25
LYRICA 66 42 60 69
SPIRONOLACTONE 66 52 60 70
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 64 49 62 209
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 64 47 62 47
CYMBALTA 63 16 64 44
FAMOTIDINE 63 35 64 75
HUMALOG 61 30 66 166
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 61 28 66 153
DONEPEZIL HCL 61 61 66 26
CITALOPRAM HBR 60 42 69 24
TRICOR 59 36 70 91
DIGOXIN 57 48 71 55
LIPITOR 56 38 72 78
PROMETHAZINE HCL 55 17 R 73 96
MEGESTROL ACETATE 54 43 R 74 140
NAPROXEN 51 22 75 80
BYSTOLIC 50 47 76 99
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 Sept. 5, 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.