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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,966Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 60 out of 2888

$1.78M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 40 out of 2888

1,121 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
80% 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

2% of this provider’s 1,121 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 1,121 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 19,066 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$78 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 920 799 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 908 813 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 729 629 3 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 680 583 4 11
METFORMIN HCL 662 539 5 8
OMEPRAZOLE 634 533 6 7
NEXIUM 622 517 7 19
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 483 419 8 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 467 383 9 23
FUROSEMIDE 423 397 10 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 423 379 10 15
LISINOPRIL 413 349 12 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 399 332 13 9
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 313 199 R 14 64
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 310 213 S3 15 4
DIOVAN 306 262 16 35
DIOVAN HCT 302 248 17 61
TRAMADOL HCL 301 224 18 16
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 288 242 19 28
CRESTOR 281 247 20 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 277 276 21 29
JANUVIA 269 182 22 48
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 269 198 22 10
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 246 219 24 46
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 244 227 25 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 243 194 26 17
NAMENDA 241 235 27 34
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 219 174 28 62
WARFARIN SODIUM 194 181 29 22
CLOPIDOGREL 186 130 30 30
GABAPENTIN 180 148 31 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 174 172 32 26
LANTUS 173 136 33 45
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 166 147 34 14
PLAVIX 164 132 35 40
AZITHROMYCIN 162 119 36 38
LYRICA 154 136 37 69
LEVOFLOXACIN 147 118 38 57
METFORMIN HCL ER 139 124 39 53
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 138 112 40 33
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 136 93 41 92
IBUPROFEN 126 83 42 87
INSULIN SYRINGE 125 91 43 86
PEN NEEDLE 120 79 44 110
SERTRALINE HCL 116 93 45 27
ALLOPURINOL 110 104 46 37
CARVEDILOL 110 88 46 21
PREDNISONE 109 90 48 42
DIGOXIN 107 98 49 55
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 99 83 50 51
LEXAPRO 99 91 50 198
GLIMEPIRIDE 98 71 52 36
MELOXICAM 98 82 52 31
LIPITOR 97 87 54 78
CLONIDINE HCL 96 77 55 39
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 87 78 56 94
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 84 53 57 136
ACTOS 84 60 57 108
TRICOR 83 44 59 91
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 83 64 S3 59 147
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 83 70 59 88
VOLTAREN 83 76 59 157
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 79 74 63 93
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 78 69 64 202
BUPROPION XL 77 55 65 212
CYMBALTA 77 45 65 44
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 73 51 67 272
JANUMET 71 51 68 131
ADVAIR DISKUS 71 67 68 60
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 66 58 70 47
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 66 66 70 124
VESICARE 65 47 72 154
CELEBREX 65 58 72 89
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 64 41 74 171
ZETIA 62 61 75 81
AMIODARONE HCL 62 62 75 167
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 62 61 75 113
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 60 33 78 156
COLCRYS 58 48 79 295
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 58 58 79 67
BONIVA 57 47 81 319
DETROL LA 56 50 82 192
SINGULAIR 56 35 82 85
FAMOTIDINE 55 49 84 75
OLANZAPINE 54 41 85 137
SPIRIVA 53 53 86 79
GLIPIZIDE 52 52 87 50
LOVASTATIN 51 39 88 41
NAPROXEN 50 35 89 80
AVODART 50 50 89 151
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 Jan. 8, 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.