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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,841Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 166 out of 2888

$1.12M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 161 out of 2888

728 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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

4% of this provider’s 728 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 728 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 15,759 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 730 681 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 590 568 2 5
LISINOPRIL 494 463 3 3
FUROSEMIDE 453 448 4 6
OMEPRAZOLE 421 401 5 7
SIMVASTATIN 417 390 6 2
GABAPENTIN 357 342 7 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 333 319 8 12
TRAMADOL HCL 327 324 9 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 317 300 S3 10 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 316 301 11 10
SERTRALINE HCL 299 278 12 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 295 273 13 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 291 271 14 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 247 247 15 26
WARFARIN SODIUM 243 243 16 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 238 229 17 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 235 234 18 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 225 210 19 24
ATENOLOL 224 213 20 25
CRESTOR 199 192 21 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 191 180 22 23
CARVEDILOL 183 183 23 21
NAMENDA 180 180 24 34
METFORMIN HCL 163 145 25 8
TRAZODONE HCL 159 154 26 43
CLOPIDOGREL 149 141 27 30
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 148 148 28 28
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 136 123 29 33
CYMBALTA 134 125 30 44
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 134 134 30 51
PLAVIX 130 125 32 40
ALLOPURINOL 130 124 32 37
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 122 114 34 17
DIOVAN 116 103 35 35
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 110 108 36 32
NEXIUM 105 86 37 19
FENTANYL 104 95 S2 38 126
TAMSULOSIN HCL 102 91 39 29
MELOXICAM 101 94 40 31
SYNTHROID 100 100 41 52
PREDNISONE 100 95 41 42
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 96 87 43 63
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 95 95 44 18
AZITHROMYCIN 94 88 45 38
DIGOXIN 92 92 46 55
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 90 82 47 202
CELEBREX 87 74 48 89
FLUOXETINE HCL 85 78 49 83
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 84 78 50 47
PROPRANOLOL HCL 81 69 51 164
LOVASTATIN 80 77 52 41
LYRICA 74 65 53 69
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 73 73 54 67
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 62 55 46
PAROXETINE HCL 70 70 56 84
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 69 68 57 62
METFORMIN HCL ER 69 69 57 53
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 69 68 R 57 64
BENAZEPRIL HCL 67 58 60 77
TRICOR 63 63 61 91
ESTRADIOL 63 49 R 61 139
LIPITOR 62 62 63 78
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 61 49 R 64 68
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 53 64 60
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 59 47 66 120
KLOR-CON 8 59 59 66 265
FENOFIBRATE 59 53 66 65
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 59 58 66 66
KLOR-CON M20 57 44 70 90
RANITIDINE HCL 57 57 70 56
CLONIDINE HCL 56 56 72 39
BUPROPION XL 56 36 72 212
LANTUS 54 54 74 45
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 9, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.