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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,387Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 66 out of 2888

$1.22M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 131 out of 2888

678 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
46% 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

5% of this provider’s 678 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 678 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 17,721 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% 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

33 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 1,177 675 S3 1 4
FUROSEMIDE 851 697 2 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 785 676 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 749 623 4 1
LISINOPRIL 661 528 5 3
SIMVASTATIN 622 462 6 2
OMEPRAZOLE 537 429 7 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 521 483 8 26
SERTRALINE HCL 503 427 9 27
NAMENDA 426 405 10 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 383 339 11 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 364 309 12 11
TRAMADOL HCL 362 280 13 16
GABAPENTIN 359 268 14 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 349 268 15 14
TRAZODONE HCL 333 210 16 43
WARFARIN SODIUM 333 263 16 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 329 312 18 10
CARVEDILOL 244 166 19 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 241 209 20 9
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 218 179 21 93
METFORMIN HCL 212 173 22 8
HYDRALAZINE HCL 202 180 23 59
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 200 123 24 17
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 195 171 25 62
MIRTAZAPINE 188 171 26 54
NEXIUM 187 87 27 19
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 185 174 28 66
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 184 142 29 18
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 174 168 30 51
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 167 108 31 32
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 165 137 32 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 160 118 33 15
LANTUS 154 108 34 45
FAMOTIDINE 139 132 35 75
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 139 109 35 132
CLOPIDOGREL 134 115 37 30
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 132 88 R 38 74
CYMBALTA 129 90 39 44
FLUOXETINE HCL 128 105 40 83
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 120 108 41 33
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 120 113 41 12
DIGOXIN 117 78 43 55
PLAVIX 114 103 44 40
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 114 103 44 100
RANITIDINE HCL 113 101 46 56
FENTANYL 111 93 S2 47 126
KLOR-CON M20 102 84 48 90
LEVETIRACETAM 100 78 49 103
ROPINIROLE HCL 99 71 50 115
RISPERIDONE 95 81 51 72
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 93 92 52 113
GLIPIZIDE ER 92 69 53 107
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 88 30 R 54 68
ADVAIR DISKUS 87 59 55 60
DIOVAN 86 86 56 35
GLIPIZIDE 86 85 56 50
KLOR-CON M10 85 78 58 118
AZITHROMYCIN 84 61 59 38
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 83 33 S2 60 229
LOVASTATIN 82 62 61 41
LYRICA 82 43 61 69
OLANZAPINE 82 67 61 137
TAMSULOSIN HCL 81 78 64 29
LATANOPROST 81 81 64 197
PROMETHAZINE HCL 80 44 R 66 96
SEROQUEL 80 73 66 143
LEXAPRO 80 70 66 198
EXELON 78 78 69 106
RAMIPRIL 78 67 69 73
ALLOPURINOL 77 76 71 37
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 73 72 72 146
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 73 64 72 47
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 54 72 28
ABILIFY 69 54 75 172
PREDNISONE 67 64 76 42
JANUVIA 66 51 77 48
NOVOLIN R 66 56 77 109
BUSPIRONE HCL 66 57 77 148
PROPRANOLOL HCL 63 60 80 164
TRAVATAN Z 61 58 81 239
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 61 43 81 123
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 60 60 83 94
LEVOFLOXACIN 58 52 84 57
SINGULAIR 58 55 84 85
CARISOPRODOL 57 0 R 86 82
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 56 54 87 134
BYSTOLIC 56 49 87 99
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 56 51 87 162
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 55 28 90 120
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 53 47 91 358
AGGRENOX 52 43 92 223
TRICOR 51 48 93 91
LAMOTRIGINE 51 17 93 257
PAROXETINE HCL 51 28 93 84
ATENOLOL 51 51 93 25
NIFEDIPINE ER 50 50 97 76
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 Sept. 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.