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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine
(group practice)

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,731Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 61 out of 2888

$1.57M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 61 out of 2888

549 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
64%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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

2% of this provider’s 549 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

38% of this provider’s 549 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 15,904 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

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 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 1,220 653 S3 1 4
FUROSEMIDE 1,152 900 2 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 973 739 3 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 767 577 4 1
SIMVASTATIN 665 470 5 2
NAMENDA 455 433 6 34
LISINOPRIL 431 314 7 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 428 397 8 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 425 293 9 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 420 338 10 10
TRAMADOL HCL 375 202 11 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 363 300 12 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 363 234 12 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 345 256 14 5
GLIPIZIDE 317 222 15 50
GABAPENTIN 305 201 16 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 300 226 17 24
MIRTAZAPINE 295 280 18 54
SERTRALINE HCL 283 166 19 27
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 266 229 20 66
LANTUS 265 170 21 45
CARISOPRODOL 241 87 R 22 82
NEXIUM 230 123 23 19
OMEPRAZOLE 227 174 24 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 193 92 25 9
LYRICA 191 119 26 69
METFORMIN HCL 185 133 27 8
CYMBALTA 177 120 28 44
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 174 108 29 47
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 155 132 30 51
PROMETHAZINE HCL 154 105 R 31 96
TRAZODONE HCL 153 100 32 43
TAMSULOSIN HCL 152 85 33 29
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 146 93 34 100
NOVOLIN R 142 103 35 109
ADVAIR DISKUS 141 105 36 60
CLOPIDOGREL 139 95 37 30
IBUPROFEN 137 63 38 87
FAMOTIDINE 132 94 39 75
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 131 111 40 62
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 130 99 41 23
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 128 45 R 42 68
CARVEDILOL 128 88 42 21
SPIRIVA 127 98 44 79
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 122 61 45 28
PLAVIX 116 95 46 40
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 112 70 47 33
NOVOLOG 112 84 47 114
FENOFIBRATE 111 72 49 65
DIGOXIN 110 102 50 55
BACLOFEN 110 53 50 121
LEVETIRACETAM 110 61 50 103
ATENOLOL 108 75 53 25
SINGULAIR 106 83 54 85
RAMIPRIL 105 84 55 73
PREDNISONE 102 62 56 42
NYSTATIN 102 82 56 178
ABILIFY 99 64 58 172
SEROQUEL 99 87 58 143
SPIRONOLACTONE 99 78 58 70
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 96 82 61 12
CLONIDINE HCL 94 63 62 39
FLUOXETINE HCL 94 49 62 83
ROPINIROLE HCL 94 78 62 115
LEVOFLOXACIN 93 71 65 57
LOVASTATIN 90 83 66 41
HYDRALAZINE HCL 89 81 67 59
MELOXICAM 89 57 67 31
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 88 79 69 188
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86 59 70 15
OLANZAPINE 83 67 71 137
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 83 75 71 162
ZETIA 79 40 73 81
RANITIDINE HCL 78 38 74 56
PROAIR HFA 74 25 75 71
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 73 57 76 153
CARBAMAZEPINE 72 24 77 217
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 70 47 78 93
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 66 66 79 113
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 66 53 79 134
LEVEMIR 65 33 81 135
SYMBICORT 65 51 81 142
EXELON 65 65 81 106
DIOVAN 63 38 84 35
CELEBREX 62 38 85 89
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 62 40 85 120
CRESTOR 60 47 87 20
BUSPIRONE HCL 60 19 87 148
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 56 33 89 101
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 54 54 90 290
LAMOTRIGINE 54 15 90 257
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 52 49 92 150
LIDODERM 52 40 92 105
MUPIROCIN 52 39 92 184
GLUCAGEN 52 32 92 288
OXCARBAZEPINE 52 22 92 342
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 51 43 97 116
LUNESTA 50 37 98 301
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 Aug. 14, 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.