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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,447Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 53 out of 2888

$1.26M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 121 out of 2888

844 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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

1% of this provider’s 844 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 844 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 19,875 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% 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

28 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,408 1,177 1 2
LISINOPRIL 1,090 910 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 738 688 3 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 709 629 4 5
OMEPRAZOLE 697 575 5 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 637 567 6 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 605 544 7 9
METFORMIN HCL 539 411 8 8
FUROSEMIDE 441 387 9 6
METFORMIN HCL ER 409 315 10 53
TRAMADOL HCL 379 293 11 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 370 334 12 29
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 347 308 13 23
DIOVAN 334 298 14 35
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 327 310 15 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 276 254 16 10
GABAPENTIN 260 221 17 13
NEXIUM 256 206 18 19
ALLOPURINOL 247 239 19 37
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 246 231 20 28
ATENOLOL 244 213 21 25
DONEPEZIL HCL 223 223 22 26
CLOPIDOGREL 215 177 23 30
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 201 141 S3 24 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 197 178 25 18
DIOVAN HCT 195 189 26 61
PLAVIX 192 161 27 40
CITALOPRAM HBR 184 143 28 24
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 183 175 29 33
CARVEDILOL 182 162 30 21
GLYBURIDE 179 146 R 31 58
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 171 155 32 49
CLONIDINE HCL 171 156 32 39
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 170 156 R 34 64
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 165 140 35 51
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 161 128 36 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 158 149 37 67
HYDRALAZINE HCL 153 128 38 59
IBUPROFEN 149 103 39 87
GLIPIZIDE 142 106 40 50
CRESTOR 141 106 41 20
FENOFIBRATE 135 100 42 65
LABETALOL HCL 128 97 43 180
SYMBICORT 127 101 44 142
INSULIN SYRINGE 125 105 45 86
MELOXICAM 124 97 46 31
VERAPAMIL ER 123 116 47 104
RANITIDINE HCL 121 107 48 56
SERTRALINE HCL 118 89 49 27
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 117 97 50 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 116 109 51 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 115 103 52 22
LANTUS 109 104 53 45
PREDNISONE 108 84 54 42
LEVOFLOXACIN 104 81 55 57
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 96 84 56 94
NAPROXEN 95 71 57 80
LACTULOSE 95 83 57 111
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 95 75 57 145
CEFUROXIME 92 80 60 130
AZITHROMYCIN 92 77 60 38
FINASTERIDE 92 81 60 102
MECLIZINE HCL 90 87 63 122
GLIMEPIRIDE 90 83 63 36
DIGOXIN 87 87 65 55
ACTOS 86 79 66 108
ACTONEL 86 81 66 149
HUMULIN 70-30 83 62 68 230
LEVEMIR 82 61 69 135
NAMENDA 80 75 70 34
COMBIVENT 78 64 71 177
KLOR-CON M20 78 68 71 90
GLIPIZIDE ER 76 51 73 107
RAMIPRIL 75 75 74 73
SPIRIVA 75 52 74 79
FAMOTIDINE 74 61 76 75
LIPITOR 74 64 76 78
JANUVIA 73 64 78 48
CLONIDINE 72 63 79 247
TRICOR 72 40 79 91
LOVAZA 71 42 81 97
LYRICA 71 59 81 69
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 70 53 S3 83 147
NIFEDIPINE ER 69 67 84 76
AVODART 68 66 85 151
NASONEX 67 47 86 168
LANSOPRAZOLE 66 54 87 213
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 65 54 88 62
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 52 89 46
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 63 53 R 89 74
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 62 91 368
TERAZOSIN HCL 62 60 91 152
PEN NEEDLE 62 51 91 110
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 61 57 94 141
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 60 52 95 47
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 60 44 95 92
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 58 39 97 309
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 57 38 98 116
MIRTAZAPINE 57 53 98 54
AMIODARONE HCL 56 56 100 167
BYSTOLIC 55 53 101 99
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 54 42 102 113
GEMFIBROZIL 53 29 103 98
ZETIA 53 33 103 81
CILOSTAZOL 52 51 105 165
METOLAZONE 51 50 106 215
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 51 45 106 132
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 20, 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.