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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,247Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 57 out of 2888

$1.62M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 55 out of 2888

828 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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

11% of this provider’s 828 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 20,503 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 965 853 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 917 817 2 2
NEXIUM 677 604 3 19
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 644 579 4 1
LISINOPRIL 580 515 5 3
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 561 469 R 6 64
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 510 439 7 95
OMEPRAZOLE 508 463 8 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 491 441 9 9
FUROSEMIDE 403 360 10 6
NAPROXEN 399 351 11 80
ALLOPURINOL 392 345 12 37
ATENOLOL 370 345 13 25
CEFUROXIME 368 307 10 14 130
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 363 357 15 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 351 329 16 18
METFORMIN HCL 346 290 17 8
SERTRALINE HCL 307 283 18 27
MELOXICAM 290 238 19 31
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 283 261 20 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 282 279 21 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 269 234 22 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 266 262 23 29
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 264 241 24 49
METFORMIN HCL ER 261 244 25 53
CRESTOR 234 196 26 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 228 201 27 11
JANUVIA 218 184 28 48
DIOVAN 216 179 29 35
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 205 182 30 10
GLYBURIDE 203 185 R 31 58
FENOFIBRATE 191 166 32 65
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 191 147 S3 32 4
HYDRALAZINE HCL 191 174 32 59
LEVOFLOXACIN 190 158 35 57
MEGESTROL ACETATE 187 176 R 36 140
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 179 171 37 46
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 178 170 38 234
IBUPROFEN 172 121 39 87
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 171 155 40 12
GABAPENTIN 159 119 41 13
CLONIDINE HCL 155 146 42 39
INSULIN SYRINGE 147 92 43 86
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 145 126 44 47
NAMENDA 136 136 45 34
CLOPIDOGREL 136 118 45 30
LIPITOR 132 125 47 78
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 129 92 48 17
AVODART 119 107 49 151
DIOVAN HCT 118 117 50 61
MECLIZINE HCL 118 114 50 122
LYRICA 115 104 52 69
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 113 77 53 209
CARVEDILOL 110 96 54 21
TRAMADOL HCL 109 106 55 16
PLAVIX 108 94 56 40
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 107 59 R 57 68
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 106 103 58 51
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 100 93 59 28
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 100 88 59 116
SINGULAIR 95 87 61 85
LOVAZA 93 79 62 97
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 89 80 63 67
COMBIVENT 87 87 64 177
ZETIA 87 84 64 81
MUPIROCIN 87 75 64 184
NOVOLIN 70-30 86 56 67 144
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 84 71 68 123
ACTONEL 84 84 68 149
EVISTA 83 83 70 125
ADVAIR DISKUS 83 72 70 60
WARFARIN SODIUM 81 81 72 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 80 74 73 14
VYTORIN 79 79 74 155
ROPINIROLE HCL 78 70 75 115
TRICOR 77 52 76 91
KETOCONAZOLE 76 52 77 270
CELEBREX 76 70 77 89
LABETALOL HCL 74 61 79 180
GLIMEPIRIDE 73 61 80 36
VESICARE 72 67 81 154
BENAZEPRIL HCL 70 65 82 77
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 70 70 82 94
LACTULOSE 70 54 82 111
SPIRONOLACTONE 69 69 85 70
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 67 56 86 253
SYMBICORT 65 54 87 142
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 62 62 88 66
SPIRIVA 62 56 88 79
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 61 53 90 101
NASONEX 59 55 91 168
METHYLDOPA 59 39 R 91 376
FAMOTIDINE 56 56 93 75
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 55 50 94 162
ACARBOSE 55 46 94 323
DIGOXIN 54 54 96 55
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 53 52 97 93
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 53 47 97 272
GLIPIZIDE 52 48 99 50
DICYCLOMINE HCL 52 37 99 224
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 51 50 S3 101 147
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 50 43 102 153
VOLTAREN 50 47 102 157
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 Jan. 26, 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.