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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,284Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 69 out of 2888

$1.06M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 193 out of 2888

780 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
27% 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 780 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

33% of this provider’s 780 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 17,948 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 1,252 966 S3 1 4
LISINOPRIL 1,137 980 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 1,104 932 3 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 887 760 4 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 717 572 5 5
OMEPRAZOLE 655 504 6 7
FUROSEMIDE 592 461 7 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 455 343 8 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 447 387 9 10
GABAPENTIN 432 315 10 13
METFORMIN HCL 429 330 11 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 405 304 12 14
ATENOLOL 318 249 13 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 277 227 14 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 268 251 15 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 261 226 16 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 261 223 16 29
CITALOPRAM HBR 252 175 18 24
CLOPIDOGREL 226 186 19 30
GLIPIZIDE 223 187 20 50
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 217 150 21 9
TRAMADOL HCL 217 160 21 16
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 210 180 23 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 204 179 24 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 201 177 25 18
CLONIDINE HCL 198 131 26 39
PLAVIX 188 169 27 40
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 182 129 R 28 74
ALLOPURINOL 172 161 29 37
MELOXICAM 169 136 30 31
CARVEDILOL 168 132 31 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 154 135 32 23
DIGOXIN 152 131 33 55
NIFEDIPINE ER 151 151 34 76
PREDNISONE 149 120 35 42
SINGULAIR 149 120 35 85
DONEPEZIL HCL 147 147 37 26
ALPRAZOLAM 146 116 38 214
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 141 101 39 146
NAMENDA 134 134 40 34
NEXIUM 126 101 41 19
GLYBURIDE 126 98 R 41 58
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 123 104 43 47
JANUVIA 116 79 44 48
CRESTOR 114 80 45 20
FENOFIBRATE 114 90 45 65
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 113 105 47 51
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 112 86 48 92
PEN NEEDLE 110 83 49 110
LOVASTATIN 108 105 50 41
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 99 74 51 32
AZITHROMYCIN 96 79 52 38
DIOVAN 96 82 52 35
SPIRONOLACTONE 95 83 54 70
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 94 90 55 49
PAROXETINE HCL 93 68 56 84
METHOCARBAMOL 93 54 R 56 176
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 93 65 56 62
HYDRALAZINE HCL 89 76 59 59
CYMBALTA 89 55 59 44
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 89 89 59 12
NAPROXEN 89 84 59 80
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 88 71 63 132
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 84 59 64 88
PROPRANOLOL HCL 84 83 64 164
CARISOPRODOL 83 25 R 66 82
TIZANIDINE HCL 82 59 67 133
CEFUROXIME 81 65 68 130
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 78 59 69 123
FINASTERIDE 78 73 69 102
SERTRALINE HCL 77 57 71 27
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 77 67 71 136
BUMETANIDE 74 46 73 203
TEMAZEPAM 71 70 74 383
SPIRIVA 68 57 75 79
TRICOR 68 54 75 91
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 67 28 R 77 68
TRAZODONE HCL 67 49 77 43
ADVAIR DISKUS 64 56 79 60
LEVOFLOXACIN 63 53 80 57
GLIMEPIRIDE 63 62 80 36
ACTONEL 62 62 82 149
SYNTHROID 62 54 82 52
DICYCLOMINE HCL 62 39 82 224
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 59 39 85 153
JANUMET 59 41 85 131
TESTOSTERONE CYPIONATE 58 40 S3 87 357
RANITIDINE HCL 57 53 88 56
LORAZEPAM 55 39 89 353
LANTUS 55 51 89 45
DEXILANT 53 32 91 186
TERAZOSIN HCL 52 52 92 152
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 51 47 93 94
LYRICA 50 31 94 69
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 March 20, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.