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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,035Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 41 out of 2888

$1.07M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 186 out of 2888

622 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
78% 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

29% of this provider’s 622 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 17,296 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 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 1,249 689 S3 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,078 857 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 935 718 3 6
OMEPRAZOLE 677 477 4 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 665 462 5 14
SIMVASTATIN 603 539 6 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 588 428 7 5
LISINOPRIL 584 384 8 3
ATENOLOL 545 418 9 25
METFORMIN HCL 529 327 10 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 410 329 11 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 404 318 12 15
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 376 207 R 13 68
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 367 233 14 28
NEXIUM 347 189 15 19
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 340 220 16 12
MELOXICAM 337 207 17 31
CARVEDILOL 326 224 18 21
HYDRALAZINE HCL 316 201 19 59
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 312 258 20 51
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 312 240 20 10
GABAPENTIN 294 184 22 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 288 232 23 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 276 145 24 17
CLOPIDOGREL 264 245 25 30
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 250 158 26 63
AZITHROMYCIN 249 148 27 38
CITALOPRAM HBR 245 128 28 24
GLIPIZIDE 242 110 29 50
AMOXICILLIN 223 133 30 117
RANITIDINE HCL 213 161 31 56
DONEPEZIL HCL 202 187 32 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 198 156 33 23
ALLOPURINOL 196 131 34 37
METHOCARBAMOL 189 121 R 35 176
CLONIDINE HCL 188 116 36 39
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 186 138 37 9
PLAVIX 184 162 38 40
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 178 128 39 33
DIGOXIN 177 165 40 55
DIOVAN 176 122 41 35
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 164 105 42 18
PAROXETINE HCL 162 108 43 84
NIFEDIPINE ER 151 138 44 76
TAMSULOSIN HCL 149 145 45 29
NAMENDA 141 132 46 34
PROMETHAZINE HCL 140 62 R 47 96
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 139 78 48 46
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 129 101 R 49 74
GLYBURIDE 126 104 R 50 58
CRESTOR 126 100 50 20
SERTRALINE HCL 123 64 52 27
SPIRONOLACTONE 123 65 52 70
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 121 93 54 93
IBUPROFEN 121 65 54 87
TRAZODONE HCL 119 51 56 43
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 118 90 57 47
LANTUS 114 76 58 45
LYRICA 114 91 58 69
DIOVAN HCT 113 91 60 61
GEMFIBROZIL 112 73 61 98
COMBIVENT 107 47 62 177
TRAMADOL HCL 107 58 62 16
CILOSTAZOL 100 65 64 165
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 96 87 65 113
KLOR-CON 8 94 69 66 265
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 93 64 67 128
PROAIR HFA 90 36 68 71
TERAZOSIN HCL 86 79 69 152
BENAZEPRIL HCL 82 74 70 77
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 80 48 71 62
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 79 43 72 202
PREDNISONE 77 57 73 42
ADVAIR DISKUS 75 57 74 60
EVISTA 74 60 75 125
CEPHALEXIN 74 48 75 119
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 72 56 77 67
NOVOLOG 71 22 78 114
CARISOPRODOL 69 0 R 79 82
GLIMEPIRIDE 67 40 80 36
MECLIZINE HCL 67 61 80 122
MIRTAZAPINE 66 62 82 54
MICARDIS 66 57 82 361
SURE COMFORT 63 36 84 276
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 62 41 85 95
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 61 34 86 88
SPIRIVA 61 46 86 79
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 60 55 88 120
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 60 15 88 116
MEGESTROL ACETATE 57 53 R 90 140
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 56 35 91 32
KLOR-CON M10 55 52 92 118
LABETALOL HCL 55 37 92 180
VERAPAMIL ER 54 27 94 104
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 52 50 95 162
PENTOXIFYLLINE 52 47 95 286
LEVEMIR 52 11 95 135
NITROSTAT 51 32 98 240
LEVOFLOXACIN 50 39 99 57
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 20, 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.