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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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32,089Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 2888

$1.87M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 35 out of 2888

1,039 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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

5% of this provider’s 1,039 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 1,039 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 27,260 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 1,702 1,547 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,169 827 S3 2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,157 1,070 3 5
SIMVASTATIN 1,121 1,002 4 2
FUROSEMIDE 972 860 5 6
LISINOPRIL 895 726 6 3
OMEPRAZOLE 834 716 7 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 663 577 8 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 491 451 9 24
TRAMADOL HCL 457 369 10 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 403 368 11 18
GABAPENTIN 390 325 12 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 389 355 13 10
MIRTAZAPINE 348 335 14 54
DONEPEZIL HCL 341 341 15 26
TRAZODONE HCL 340 306 16 43
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 335 303 17 15
NAMENDA 330 328 18 34
METFORMIN HCL 322 263 19 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 321 237 20 17
CYMBALTA 317 265 21 44
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 305 276 22 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 273 238 23 9
LACTULOSE 263 232 24 111
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 261 218 25 47
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 258 221 26 33
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 257 238 27 28
CLOPIDOGREL 242 233 28 30
NEXIUM 241 190 29 19
EXELON 239 239 30 106
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 234 227 31 100
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 227 187 32 123
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 224 178 33 12
RISPERIDONE 222 215 34 72
AZITHROMYCIN 219 171 35 38
GLIPIZIDE 218 178 36 50
TAMSULOSIN HCL 214 201 37 29
SPIRONOLACTONE 205 168 38 70
SINGULAIR 199 177 39 85
BACLOFEN 191 156 40 121
KLOR-CON M10 189 176 41 118
FAMOTIDINE 187 156 42 75
METFORMIN HCL ER 178 117 43 53
SERTRALINE HCL 178 151 43 27
LANTUS 176 155 45 45
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 173 165 46 32
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 168 143 47 62
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 165 132 48 120
CRESTOR 157 133 49 20
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 154 127 R 50 74
ROPINIROLE HCL 143 141 51 115
PLAVIX 138 135 52 40
FENOFIBRATE 138 136 52 65
CARVEDILOL 137 124 54 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 132 105 55 22
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 129 109 56 243
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 128 119 57 146
HYDRALAZINE HCL 123 118 58 59
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 123 122 58 23
JANUVIA 122 103 60 48
LOVASTATIN 122 112 60 41
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 121 121 62 113
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 120 96 63 88
ALLOPURINOL 120 105 63 37
PAROXETINE HCL 119 111 65 84
GLYBURIDE 119 107 R 65 58
JANTOVEN 118 115 67 163
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 118 63 67 92
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 114 102 69 101
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 113 102 70 153
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 84 70 46
LYRICA 111 88 72 69
ACTOS 109 89 73 108
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 108 96 74 132
DIOVAN 106 99 75 35
DIGOXIN 106 106 75 55
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 106 92 75 66
ESTRADIOL 105 45 R 78 139
CLONIDINE HCL 105 70 78 39
PREDNISONE 104 72 80 42
MELOXICAM 100 75 81 31
PROMETHAZINE HCL 99 47 R 82 96
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 99 92 82 63
KLOR-CON M20 99 86 82 90
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 98 86 85 183
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 98 95 85 150
JANUMET 98 67 85 131
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 98 72 85 67
LEVEMIR 97 90 89 135
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 97 69 R 89 68
ATENOLOL 93 64 91 25
OLANZAPINE 91 81 92 137
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 88 80 93 49
BENAZEPRIL HCL 86 84 94 77
SPIRIVA 85 79 95 79
DOXEPIN HCL 85 76 95 248
KLOR-CON 10 84 71 97 195
NYSTATIN 83 61 98 178
FENTANYL 82 81 S2 99 126
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 79 77 100 51
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 79 73 R 100 191
PRADAXA 79 79 100 273
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 77 54 R 103 64
BYSTOLIC 77 57 103 99
PROAIR HFA 76 59 105 71
FLUOXETINE HCL 75 38 106 83
CELEBREX 75 54 106 89
BUPROPION HCL SR 72 58 108 231
SUCRALFATE 72 61 108 187
LATANOPROST 68 68 110 197
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 66 42 111 156
RANITIDINE HCL 62 44 112 56
INSULIN SYRINGE 62 48 112 86
HYDROXYZINE HCL 61 36 R 114 174
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 60 33 115 171
VYTORIN 60 47 115 155
DETROL LA 60 60 115 192
GEMFIBROZIL 60 39 115 98
CILOSTAZOL 59 52 119 165
CALCITONIN-SALMON 59 59 119 284
HUMALOG 58 53 121 166
DILTIAZEM ER 56 49 122 182
NOVOLOG 54 39 123 114
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 33 123 60
FLUCONAZOLE 54 38 123 199
ABILIFY 54 14 123 172
PRISTIQ ER 54 52 123 343
NUEDEXTA 53 53 128 428
DIOVAN HCT 52 46 129 61
SYNTHROID 52 38 129 52
TEKTURNA 52 36 129 283
CARISOPRODOL 51 18 R 132 82
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 March 2, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.