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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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35,952Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 2888

$2.13M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 20 out of 2888

832 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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

6% of this provider’s 832 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 832 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 30,420 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

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

43 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 1,353 1,092 S3 1 4
FUROSEMIDE 1,202 1,057 2 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 1,098 975 3 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 983 962 4 26
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 912 814 5 1
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 891 834 6 100
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 787 682 7 5
LISINOPRIL 768 681 8 3
NAMENDA 751 747 9 34
SIMVASTATIN 668 590 10 2
SERTRALINE HCL 579 497 11 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 576 560 12 22
OMEPRAZOLE 572 521 13 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 544 445 14 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 537 438 15 24
TRAMADOL HCL 500 431 16 16
LANTUS 466 380 17 45
NOVOLIN R 427 339 18 109
TRAZODONE HCL 418 334 19 43
GABAPENTIN 372 295 20 13
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 370 342 21 66
FAMOTIDINE 351 279 22 75
METFORMIN HCL 330 237 23 8
CARVEDILOL 328 300 24 21
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 326 301 25 33
DIGOXIN 314 297 26 55
MIRTAZAPINE 311 262 27 54
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 309 255 28 134
CLOPIDOGREL 305 248 29 30
CLONIDINE HCL 299 234 30 39
RANITIDINE HCL 287 239 31 56
KLOR-CON M20 283 274 32 90
LEVETIRACETAM 274 171 33 103
LYRICA 270 243 34 69
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 256 221 35 15
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 245 215 36 62
DIOVAN 239 215 37 35
EXELON 235 222 38 106
TAMSULOSIN HCL 233 198 39 29
PREDNISONE 231 214 40 42
RISPERIDONE 225 171 41 72
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 223 203 42 93
PLAVIX 221 184 43 40
PROMETHAZINE HCL 211 158 R 44 96
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 210 196 45 183
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 198 137 46 150
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 192 166 47 113
CYMBALTA 191 130 48 44
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 188 162 49 32
HYDRALAZINE HCL 182 120 50 59
ATENOLOL 182 175 50 25
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 180 161 52 12
SEROQUEL 170 155 53 143
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 165 126 54 17
HALOPERIDOL 164 160 55 282
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 157 119 56 116
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 155 147 57 9
FENTANYL 147 131 S2 58 126
ALLOPURINOL 142 118 59 37
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 142 121 59 47
MELOXICAM 141 110 61 31
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 138 106 62 185
NITROFURANTOIN 137 130 63 241
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 130 91 64 188
PAROXETINE HCL 130 114 64 84
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 128 83 66 289
NOVOLIN N 128 118 66 255
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 126 108 R 68 191
LEVOFLOXACIN 126 106 68 57
NYSTATIN 124 96 70 178
NOVOLOG 122 100 71 114
LIDOCAINE HCL 121 84 72 297
ROPINIROLE HCL 120 115 73 115
DILTIAZEM HCL 120 111 73 236
BACLOFEN 118 59 75 121
AMIODARONE HCL 117 102 76 167
GLUCAGEN 114 99 77 288
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 112 86 78 88
RAMIPRIL 111 110 79 73
TORSEMIDE 107 98 80 158
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 106 80 81 18
OLANZAPINE 105 95 82 137
CEFTRIAXONE 105 78 82 281
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 103 54 84 128
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 102 94 85 162
NEXIUM 98 79 86 19
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 98 98 86 120
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 97 84 88 11
PRIMIDONE 97 82 88 287
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 95 95 90 132
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 95 86 90 23
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 95 68 R 90 68
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 94 79 93 358
SANTYL 94 70 93 210
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 92 85 95 146
SINGULAIR 92 86 95 85
SPIRONOLACTONE 91 67 97 70
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 87 87 98 51
LATANOPROST 87 85 98 197
LACTULOSE 87 75 98 111
HYDROXYZINE HCL 86 59 R 101 174
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 83 69 102 124
CEPHALEXIN 79 72 103 119
METOLAZONE 79 69 103 215
BUSPIRONE HCL 79 79 103 148
GEODON 77 70 106 506
SPIRIVA 77 62 106 79
PHENYTOIN 76 35 108 302
PREVACID 75 44 109 464
MUPIROCIN 72 62 110 184
MEGESTROL ACETATE 72 68 R 110 140
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 72 54 110 123
NYSTOP 71 67 113 334
ACETYLCYSTEINE 71 35 10 113 519
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 46 115 28
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 69 60 116 49
TERAZOSIN HCL 69 51 116 152
CLONIDINE 67 42 118 247
VALPROIC ACID 67 58 118 278
FINASTERIDE 66 66 120 102
LEXAPRO 66 58 120 198
FLUOXETINE HCL 65 58 122 83
ADVAIR DISKUS 65 58 122 60
VESICARE 63 45 124 154
VENLAFAXINE HCL 62 45 125 246
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 62 50 125 196
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 62 52 125 145
ABILIFY 61 44 128 172
HUMALOG 61 34 128 166
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 59 55 130 307
AZITHROMYCIN 57 49 131 38
ONDANSETRON HCL 56 52 132 350
IBUPROFEN 56 38 132 87
FENOFIBRATE 56 40 132 65
METHOTREXATE 56 56 132 207
AMANTADINE 55 42 136 573
SUCRALFATE 55 44 136 187
TIZANIDINE HCL 52 21 138 133
GENERLAC 52 49 138 318
AGGRENOX 51 51 140 223
PRADAXA 51 51 140 273
NOVOLIN 70-30 50 22 142 144
RESTASIS 50 50 142 352
GLIPIZIDE 50 50 142 50
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. 6, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.