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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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27,854Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 30 out of 2888

$1.58M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 59 out of 2888

833 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
71% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 833 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 22,976 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

$57 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,176 1,011 1 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 1,109 895 2 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 817 625 S3 3 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 775 722 4 26
NAMENDA 676 634 5 34
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 628 543 6 10
SIMVASTATIN 602 537 7 2
LISINOPRIL 566 506 8 3
TRAMADOL HCL 539 415 9 16
FUROSEMIDE 537 429 10 6
TRAZODONE HCL 467 341 11 43
SERTRALINE HCL 466 388 12 27
OMEPRAZOLE 462 362 13 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 453 396 14 5
RISPERIDONE 441 340 15 72
GABAPENTIN 431 312 16 13
CEFUROXIME 418 363 10 17 130
FAMOTIDINE 414 347 18 75
WARFARIN SODIUM 371 299 19 22
MIRTAZAPINE 359 315 20 54
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 354 268 21 100
METFORMIN HCL 348 298 22 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 297 211 23 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 295 269 24 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 290 242 25 17
HYDRALAZINE HCL 247 221 26 59
LANTUS 239 196 27 45
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 238 211 28 63
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 236 168 29 66
GLYBURIDE 228 213 R 30 58
RAMIPRIL 226 167 31 73
NOVOLIN R 220 176 32 109
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 214 179 33 12
DIGOXIN 211 209 34 55
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 207 136 35 128
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 205 186 36 162
PAROXETINE HCL 203 184 37 84
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 200 150 38 62
CYMBALTA 192 131 39 44
TAMSULOSIN HCL 191 167 40 29
PREDNISONE 186 167 41 42
ATENOLOL 179 162 42 25
CAPTOPRIL 174 156 43 225
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 159 120 44 11
CLOPIDOGREL 159 144 44 30
DIOVAN 151 119 46 35
GLIPIZIDE 150 142 47 50
CLONIDINE HCL 147 129 48 39
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 146 87 49 124
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 144 129 50 93
CARVEDILOL 143 132 51 21
ALLOPURINOL 141 124 52 37
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 140 76 53 185
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 137 129 54 51
BACLOFEN 129 50 55 121
CARBAMAZEPINE 121 84 56 217
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 120 104 57 47
OLANZAPINE 115 52 58 137
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 113 86 59 9
MEGESTROL ACETATE 111 99 R 60 140
LACTULOSE 110 64 61 111
ABILIFY 109 52 62 172
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 109 97 62 88
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 108 92 64 113
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 106 99 65 23
SPIRONOLACTONE 104 55 66 70
EVISTA 104 104 66 125
NEXIUM 103 75 68 19
FLUOXETINE HCL 98 76 69 83
PLAVIX 92 82 70 40
DETROL LA 89 63 71 192
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 88 86 72 49
ZETIA 88 72 72 81
SEROQUEL 85 61 74 143
PROPRANOLOL HCL 82 67 75 164
FINASTERIDE 80 67 76 102
EXELON 80 68 76 106
METRONIDAZOLE 79 71 78 256
LEVETIRACETAM 77 47 79 103
HYDROXYZINE HCL 75 57 R 80 174
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 74 52 81 120
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 74 61 81 123
AMIODARONE HCL 72 70 83 167
NYSTATIN 72 57 83 178
LYRICA 71 43 85 69
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 71 47 R 85 191
CEPHALEXIN 71 57 85 119
MEDROXYPROGESTERONE ACETATE 70 60 88 438
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 69 57 89 150
SYNTHROID 67 65 90 52
MECLIZINE HCL 67 65 90 122
RANITIDINE HCL 64 50 92 56
TERAZOSIN HCL 63 63 93 152
GEMFIBROZIL 62 62 94 98
KLOR-CON M20 60 55 95 90
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 60 48 R 95 74
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 59 47 R 97 68
LEXAPRO 58 49 98 198
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 57 54 99 33
NOVOLIN N 56 49 100 255
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 54 33 101 134
AZITHROMYCIN 54 48 101 38
ROPINIROLE HCL 53 39 103 115
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 53 46 103 32
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 53 53 103 146
VALPROIC ACID 52 40 106 278
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 50 50 107 94
LOVASTATIN 50 43 107 41
PRIMIDONE 50 42 107 287
MUPIROCIN 50 42 107 184
DILTIAZEM ER 50 50 107 182
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 May 21, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.