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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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29,527Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 25 out of 2888

$1.51M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 74 out of 2888

1,009 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
51% 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

3% of this provider’s 1,009 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 1,009 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 24,192 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

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 1,280 930 S3 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,030 917 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 1,008 896 3 6
LISINOPRIL 992 838 4 3
SIMVASTATIN 840 745 5 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 771 710 6 5
OMEPRAZOLE 715 572 7 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 578 549 8 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 509 447 9 14
GABAPENTIN 467 409 10 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 422 354 11 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 401 335 12 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 379 372 13 22
METFORMIN HCL 333 271 14 8
TRAMADOL HCL 324 267 15 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 316 260 16 15
ATENOLOL 313 250 17 25
DONEPEZIL HCL 309 303 18 26
CITALOPRAM HBR 287 214 19 24
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 285 248 20 51
TRAZODONE HCL 280 208 21 43
CRESTOR 271 199 22 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 269 180 23 17
MELOXICAM 263 238 24 31
SERTRALINE HCL 259 206 25 27
GLIPIZIDE 236 197 26 50
TAMSULOSIN HCL 231 189 27 29
LOVASTATIN 228 195 28 41
CARVEDILOL 227 195 29 21
CLOPIDOGREL 223 195 30 30
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 220 169 31 28
NEXIUM 210 135 32 19
DIGOXIN 208 208 33 55
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 203 140 R 34 74
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 199 131 35 33
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 189 153 36 32
CYMBALTA 187 176 37 44
KLOR-CON M20 183 170 38 90
CARISOPRODOL 172 112 R 39 82
RANITIDINE HCL 171 147 40 56
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 168 142 41 9
NAMENDA 163 163 42 34
PLAVIX 162 145 43 40
BUSPIRONE HCL 154 132 44 148
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 152 121 R 45 68
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 152 151 45 23
RAMIPRIL 150 110 47 73
FENOFIBRATE 148 132 48 65
AZITHROMYCIN 144 115 49 38
ALLOPURINOL 142 136 50 37
PROMETHAZINE HCL 140 83 R 51 96
ROPINIROLE HCL 135 119 52 115
HYDROXYZINE HCL 125 96 R 53 174
MIRTAZAPINE 123 87 54 54
PROPRANOLOL HCL 120 98 55 164
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 119 104 56 47
ETODOLAC 119 95 56 170
DIOVAN 118 87 58 35
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 117 110 59 66
GLIMEPIRIDE 117 92 59 36
ESTRADIOL 117 79 R 59 139
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 115 96 62 18
CEPHALEXIN 112 90 63 119
PROAIR HFA 112 79 63 71
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 110 96 65 124
LANTUS 109 94 66 45
PREDNISONE 108 77 67 42
FLUOXETINE HCL 107 84 68 83
TIZANIDINE HCL 105 64 69 133
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 102 90 70 93
LEVOFLOXACIN 101 80 71 57
GLYBURIDE 100 96 R 72 58
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 96 86 73 62
GUANFACINE HCL 96 94 R 73 306
LYRICA 96 40 73 69
NOVOLIN R 95 85 76 109
TERAZOSIN HCL 94 85 77 152
SINGULAIR 92 61 78 85
LOVAZA 92 55 78 97
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 90 90 80 113
PREMARIN 87 69 R 81 129
CELEBREX 85 81 82 89
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 83 76 83 146
METHOCARBAMOL 80 47 R 84 176
METFORMIN HCL ER 79 69 85 53
PAROXETINE HCL 78 71 86 84
EVISTA 78 78 86 125
TRILIPIX 75 67 88 160
JANUVIA 75 42 88 48
BYSTOLIC 75 61 88 99
BACLOFEN 74 60 91 121
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 73 44 92 136
AMOXICILLIN 72 64 93 117
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 72 65 93 145
SYNTHROID 70 53 95 52
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 69 47 96 153
ZETIA 68 67 97 81
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 68 65 97 88
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 67 51 99 156
ADVAIR DISKUS 67 42 99 60
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 60 101 46
FELODIPINE ER 66 57 101 175
NITROFURANTOIN 65 59 103 241
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 64 55 104 94
PEN NEEDLE 64 50 104 110
FENTANYL 64 45 S2 104 126
BENICAR 63 60 107 138
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 63 61 R 107 64
ABILIFY 62 37 109 172
BENAZEPRIL HCL 62 42 109 77
CLONIDINE HCL 61 42 111 39
WELCHOL 60 45 112 250
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 60 49 112 171
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 58 34 114 67
VESICARE 57 35 115 154
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 56 56 116 150
LEVETIRACETAM 56 43 116 103
MECLIZINE HCL 56 38 116 122
NITROSTAT 55 46 119 240
SEROQUEL 55 39 119 143
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 54 46 121 202
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 53 48 122 63
TRICOR 52 41 123 91
BUPROPION HCL SR 52 51 123 231
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 52 23 123 120
COMBIVENT 51 33 126 177
LIDODERM 51 37 126 105
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 50 11 S2 128 229
SPIRIVA 50 46 128 79
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 July 12, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.