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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,850Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 194 out of 2888

$769K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 396 out of 2888

746 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
18% 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

10% of this provider’s 746 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 14,925 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

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
SIMVASTATIN 726 703 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 614 611 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 569 546 3 5
FUROSEMIDE 462 434 4 6
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 440 412 5 49
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 338 292 6 17
OMEPRAZOLE 332 305 7 7
TRAMADOL HCL 327 315 8 16
ATENOLOL 323 298 9 25
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 282 259 S3 10 4
LISINOPRIL 280 280 11 3
METFORMIN HCL 259 247 12 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 253 236 13 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 235 235 14 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 231 219 15 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 227 227 16 26
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 210 182 17 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 207 202 18 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 200 187 19 11
CLOPIDOGREL 200 200 19 30
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 188 185 21 10
NAMENDA 185 185 22 34
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 166 156 23 33
LOVASTATIN 161 157 24 41
DIOVAN 159 159 25 35
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 158 152 26 9
NEXIUM 150 134 27 19
ALLOPURINOL 147 130 28 37
SERTRALINE HCL 146 130 29 27
CARVEDILOL 142 141 30 21
CITALOPRAM HBR 140 139 31 24
PLAVIX 138 138 32 40
TAMSULOSIN HCL 136 130 33 29
MELOXICAM 129 124 34 31
DIGOXIN 127 119 35 55
GABAPENTIN 120 99 36 13
KLOR-CON M20 112 106 37 90
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 105 104 R 38 64
TRAZODONE HCL 99 93 39 43
CELEBREX 97 97 40 89
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 94 94 41 32
FLUOXETINE HCL 90 77 42 83
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 90 87 42 47
CEPHALEXIN 89 81 44 119
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 87 87 45 146
PREDNISONE 82 76 46 42
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 82 77 46 88
HYDRALAZINE HCL 78 74 48 59
ADVAIR DISKUS 76 76 49 60
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 75 75 50 23
ESTRADIOL 75 75 R 50 139
LANTUS 74 64 52 45
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 74 73 52 94
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 74 67 52 67
INSULIN SYRINGE 74 68 52 86
CLONIDINE HCL 70 60 56 39
FAMOTIDINE 70 70 56 75
DIOVAN HCT 70 70 56 61
FINASTERIDE 70 67 56 102
LYRICA 67 66 60 69
TRICOR 67 67 60 91
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 63 59 62 120
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 62 62 R 63 74
BYSTOLIC 62 62 63 99
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 59 58 65 51
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 58 53 66 28
PAROXETINE HCL 55 55 67 84
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 55 48 67 124
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 53 52 69 141
GLIMEPIRIDE 53 49 69 36
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 53 53 69 116
CILOSTAZOL 52 52 72 165
SYNTHROID 52 46 72 52
RAMIPRIL 51 50 74 73
VERAPAMIL ER 50 45 75 104
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 Nov. 10, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.