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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,404Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 65 out of 2888

$1.25M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 123 out of 2888

759 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
69% 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

30% of this provider’s 759 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 17,905 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

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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 1,042 864 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 842 674 2 5
METFORMIN HCL 766 610 3 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 743 642 S3 4 4
LISINOPRIL 723 584 5 3
OMEPRAZOLE 541 447 6 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 483 411 7 12
SIMVASTATIN 441 313 8 2
LOVASTATIN 440 385 9 41
FUROSEMIDE 423 367 10 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 422 293 11 17
ATENOLOL 400 337 12 25
TRAMADOL HCL 392 266 13 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 382 292 14 9
NEXIUM 357 280 15 19
HYDRALAZINE HCL 351 339 16 59
CARVEDILOL 328 252 17 21
PAROXETINE HCL 313 254 18 84
NAPROXEN 311 246 19 80
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 289 188 20 49
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 278 224 21 11
GABAPENTIN 260 177 22 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 258 258 23 26
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 253 217 24 10
DIOVAN 247 205 25 35
SERTRALINE HCL 235 195 26 27
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 221 191 27 94
TAMSULOSIN HCL 220 200 28 29
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 185 155 R 29 64
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 180 167 30 23
CLOPIDOGREL 180 140 30 30
GLIMEPIRIDE 162 101 32 36
AZITHROMYCIN 153 118 33 38
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 151 124 34 28
ACTOS 146 116 35 108
PLAVIX 144 111 36 40
LYRICA 143 104 37 69
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 142 111 38 141
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 140 109 39 15
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 137 102 40 47
LANTUS 133 78 41 45
DIOVAN HCT 129 124 42 61
GEMFIBROZIL 124 99 43 98
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 121 103 44 33
WARFARIN SODIUM 121 111 44 22
HUMALOG 118 55 46 166
NIFEDIPINE ER 118 83 46 76
PREDNISONE 116 82 48 42
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 111 104 49 51
CEPHALEXIN 109 85 50 119
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 100 87 51 88
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 96 64 52 92
GLYBURIDE 93 87 R 53 58
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 90 79 54 132
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 90 51 54 112
TRILIPIX 89 62 56 160
LIPITOR 89 66 56 78
CLONIDINE HCL 87 75 58 39
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 87 66 58 93
NATEGLINIDE 86 53 60 274
BENICAR HCT 85 58 61 181
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 84 60 62 18
ACTONEL 81 78 63 149
FENOFIBRATE 81 54 63 65
VERAPAMIL ER 80 58 65 104
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 79 72 66 14
TRAZODONE HCL 78 61 67 43
CITALOPRAM HBR 78 75 67 24
GLIPIZIDE 75 63 69 50
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 73 68 70 63
ATELVIA 72 70 71 201
CLOTRIMAZOLE 71 61 72 294
PEN NEEDLE 71 52 72 110
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 68 56 R 74 248
SINGULAIR 67 50 75 85
LEVOFLOXACIN 66 47 76 57
VESICARE 66 60 76 154
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 65 65 78 67
MEGESTROL ACETATE 64 63 R 79 140
CRESTOR 63 34 80 20
INSULIN SYRINGE 61 34 81 86
CYMBALTA 61 28 81 44
RISPERIDONE 60 42 83 72
CARISOPRODOL 56 43 R 84 82
MELOXICAM 56 44 84 31
NAMENDA 54 54 86 34
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 40 86 60
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 54 32 86 128
DIGOXIN 54 52 86 55
BYSTOLIC 53 40 90 99
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 53 24 90 387
INDOMETHACIN 51 45 R 92 374
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 50 27 93 156
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. 15, 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.