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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,937Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 94 out of 2888

$1.17M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 145 out of 2888

820 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
48% 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

7% of this provider’s 820 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 820 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 13,360 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 1,169 690 S3 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 860 612 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 797 545 3 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 506 388 4 5
METFORMIN HCL 506 358 4 8
LISINOPRIL 485 361 6 3
OMEPRAZOLE 467 318 7 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 412 323 8 24
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 400 222 9 32
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 376 254 10 28
FUROSEMIDE 355 297 11 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 345 257 12 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 317 225 13 17
TRAMADOL HCL 311 221 14 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 290 260 15 14
CARVEDILOL 263 256 16 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 243 161 17 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 232 179 18 11
GLIMEPIRIDE 221 162 19 36
WARFARIN SODIUM 209 171 20 22
GABAPENTIN 196 136 21 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 190 145 22 9
NEXIUM 179 102 23 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 175 141 24 15
CRESTOR 175 163 24 20
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 163 39 26 132
SERTRALINE HCL 157 106 27 27
RANITIDINE HCL 151 96 28 56
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 150 86 29 23
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 146 64 R 30 68
ESTRADIOL 134 42 R 31 139
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 133 106 32 18
CYMBALTA 126 98 33 44
TRAZODONE HCL 126 75 33 43
ALLOPURINOL 124 105 35 37
PROAIR HFA 123 59 36 71
PREDNISONE 120 100 37 42
PROMETHAZINE HCL 120 41 R 37 96
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 117 96 39 33
BACLOFEN 114 45 40 121
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 108 69 41 263
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 105 25 42 93
TAMSULOSIN HCL 105 68 42 29
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 101 71 44 124
METHADONE HCL 99 29 S2 45 216
BUPROPION HCL SR 94 52 46 231
ZETIA 94 61 46 81
CARISOPRODOL 91 19 R 48 82
SPIRONOLACTONE 89 70 49 70
LOVASTATIN 86 75 50 41
NAPROXEN 83 59 51 80
DIGOXIN 83 68 51 55
CLOPIDOGREL 83 72 51 30
PROPRANOLOL HCL 82 64 54 164
FENOFIBRATE 81 48 55 65
BENAZEPRIL HCL 80 56 56 77
CLONIDINE HCL 80 66 56 39
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 80 43 56 88
MELOXICAM 77 38 59 31
ATENOLOL 76 39 60 25
DIOVAN 74 73 61 35
DONEPEZIL HCL 69 57 62 26
INSULIN SYRINGE 69 37 62 86
VERAPAMIL ER 69 56 62 104
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 50 65 254
TIZANIDINE HCL 68 39 65 133
LYRICA 67 23 67 69
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 67 51 67 202
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 65 56 R 69 74
KLOR-CON M10 65 63 69 118
LANTUS 64 24 71 45
PLAVIX 63 59 72 40
BUSPIRONE HCL 62 45 73 148
FINASTERIDE 62 55 73 102
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 60 45 75 120
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 60 0 75 100
NASONEX 58 29 77 168
METFORMIN HCL ER 56 47 78 53
FLUOXETINE HCL 54 19 79 83
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 36 79 60
ROPINIROLE HCL 54 41 79 115
ONDANSETRON HCL 53 26 82 350
DILTIAZEM ER 53 53 82 182
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 52 18 84 66
KETOCONAZOLE 51 12 85 270
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 Feb. 5, 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.