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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,055Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 370 out of 2888

$650K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 545 out of 2888

270 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 270 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

30% of this provider’s 270 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 10,037 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 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 414 299 S3 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 400 358 2 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 397 376 3 22
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 347 314 4 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 334 323 5 26
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 316 283 6 5
FUROSEMIDE 310 253 7 6
LISINOPRIL 293 210 8 3
NAMENDA 286 277 9 34
METFORMIN HCL 243 215 10 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 240 215 11 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 220 168 12 24
GABAPENTIN 195 157 13 13
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 188 156 14 66
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 184 158 15 10
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 178 160 16 62
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 167 142 17 32
TRAMADOL HCL 159 154 18 16
MIRTAZAPINE 150 140 19 54
MELOXICAM 148 148 20 31
SERTRALINE HCL 148 123 20 27
TRAZODONE HCL 140 103 22 43
NOVOLIN R 119 96 23 109
LEVETIRACETAM 118 115 24 103
CARVEDILOL 105 104 25 21
RAMIPRIL 104 100 26 73
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 100 74 27 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 99 92 28 11
CLONIDINE HCL 98 81 29 39
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 97 84 30 93
DIOVAN 93 76 31 35
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 92 72 32 134
LYRICA 91 72 33 69
OMEPRAZOLE 85 61 34 7
CYMBALTA 80 66 35 44
BACLOFEN 78 31 36 121
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 78 78 36 23
EXELON 76 60 38 106
ATENOLOL 74 73 39 25
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 72 65 R 40 68
OLANZAPINE 67 53 41 137
LIDODERM 65 55 42 105
CLOPIDOGREL 64 56 43 30
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 58 43 15
LEVOFLOXACIN 64 56 43 57
DIGOXIN 63 63 46 55
FAMOTIDINE 63 55 46 75
PROMETHAZINE HCL 62 49 R 48 96
LACTULOSE 60 32 49 111
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 59 58 50 100
FENTANYL 59 41 S2 50 126
GLIPIZIDE 58 41 52 50
SEROQUEL 57 44 53 143
LANTUS 55 31 54 45
RISPERIDONE 55 49 54 72
SPIRONOLACTONE 54 21 56 70
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 53 46 57 51
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 52 39 58 9
HYDRALAZINE HCL 52 37 58 59
LEXAPRO 52 45 58 198
PREDNISONE 50 49 61 42
AMIODARONE HCL 50 49 61 167
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 Aug. 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.