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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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32,929Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 2888

$2M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 27 out of 2888

2,014 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
70% 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

1% of this provider’s 2,014 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 2,014 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 19,484 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

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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 1,203 842 1 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,173 595 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 1,002 726 3 2
LISINOPRIL 867 510 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 864 510 5 7
METFORMIN HCL 763 468 6 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 753 440 S3 7 4
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 588 416 8 28
FUROSEMIDE 587 362 9 6
CARVEDILOL 460 344 10 21
TRAMADOL HCL 449 293 11 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 442 295 12 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 428 262 13 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 402 248 14 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 390 263 15 10
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 385 262 16 46
CRESTOR 379 253 17 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 375 245 18 33
NEXIUM 374 188 19 19
GABAPENTIN 373 188 20 13
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 359 212 21 32
FLUOXETINE HCL 352 161 22 83
MELOXICAM 333 208 23 31
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 322 240 24 9
ATENOLOL 312 221 25 25
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 311 167 26 17
CLOPIDOGREL 307 242 27 30
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 302 204 28 14
NAPROXEN 300 195 29 80
RISPERIDONE 287 104 30 72
AZITHROMYCIN 285 161 31 38
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 279 202 32 23
PREDNISONE 268 161 33 42
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 262 145 34 11
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 258 73 R 35 68
IBUPROFEN 233 142 36 87
GLIMEPIRIDE 226 135 37 36
CITALOPRAM HBR 209 118 38 24
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 208 125 39 88
TAMSULOSIN HCL 202 160 40 29
DIOVAN HCT 200 166 41 61
LEVOFLOXACIN 198 108 42 57
SERTRALINE HCL 194 103 43 27
PROAIR HFA 191 74 44 71
CLONIDINE HCL 181 132 45 39
DIOVAN 178 134 46 35
PLAVIX 173 136 47 40
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 168 115 48 67
FENOFIBRATE 155 88 49 65
TRAZODONE HCL 154 45 50 43
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 153 122 51 51
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 152 86 52 112
JANUVIA 151 120 53 48
ADVAIR DISKUS 149 85 54 60
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 145 82 55 47
ACTONEL 142 72 56 149
SINGULAIR 141 64 57 85
METFORMIN HCL ER 139 66 58 53
AMOXICILLIN 137 61 59 117
VERAPAMIL ER 135 71 60 104
GLIPIZIDE 135 88 60 50
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 134 27 62 66
LOVASTATIN 132 91 63 41
OLANZAPINE 130 91 64 137
ALLOPURINOL 130 85 64 37
SPIRIVA 126 85 66 79
PAROXETINE HCL 124 77 67 84
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 121 95 S3 68 147
CELEBREX 120 97 69 89
DONEPEZIL HCL 119 115 70 26
RANITIDINE HCL 119 75 70 56
LYRICA 118 36 72 69
WARFARIN SODIUM 117 75 73 22
ACTOS 117 90 73 108
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 114 55 75 49
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 112 69 76 101
BYSTOLIC 109 81 77 99
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 107 59 78 120
SPIRONOLACTONE 103 39 79 70
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 102 34 80 141
VENTOLIN HFA 102 43 80 173
CYMBALTA 101 35 82 44
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 101 46 R 82 74
HYDRALAZINE HCL 101 90 82 59
COMBIVENT 98 76 85 177
CEFDINIR 95 50 86 194
TRICOR 93 49 87 91
ESTRADIOL 93 40 R 87 139
RAMIPRIL 92 58 89 73
FLUCONAZOLE 90 46 90 199
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 90 68 R 90 64
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 89 39 92 153
LOVAZA 89 39 92 97
GLYBURIDE 87 44 R 94 58
VESICARE 86 55 95 154
ABILIFY 86 27 95 172
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 82 57 97 124
ROPINIROLE HCL 82 44 97 115
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 81 0 99 128
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 81 33 99 253
LIPITOR 80 54 101 78
PROMETHAZINE HCL 79 32 R 102 96
LANTUS 76 33 103 45
NABUMETONE 73 50 104 204
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 73 45 104 145
GEMFIBROZIL 71 59 106 98
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 71 59 106 156
NIFEDIPINE ER 70 63 108 76
DIGOXIN 70 50 108 55
LANSOPRAZOLE 69 38 110 213
EXFORGE 69 61 110 159
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 69 15 110 63
MIRTAZAPINE 69 53 110 54
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 68 41 114 132
PROPRANOLOL HCL 68 0 114 164
MUPIROCIN 67 35 116 184
CEPHALEXIN 67 41 116 119
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 67 37 116 92
JANUMET 65 42 119 131
CARBAMAZEPINE 65 0 119 217
INSULIN SYRINGE 65 41 119 86
QUINAPRIL HCL 65 56 119 179
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 65 17 119 100
TOPIRAMATE 64 0 124 206
SEROQUEL 63 16 125 143
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 62 53 126 146
NITROSTAT 62 53 126 240
BUPROPION HCL SR 61 51 128 231
ACYCLOVIR 60 0 129 262
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 47 129 368
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 58 51 131 94
VALACYCLOVIR 57 13 132 258
ACTOPLUS MET 57 30 132 349
PEN NEEDLE 57 24 132 110
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 54 28 135 123
MECLIZINE HCL 53 40 136 122
NAMENDA 53 53 136 34
HYDROXYZINE HCL 52 22 R 138 174
SYMBICORT 52 27 138 142
TIZANIDINE HCL 52 14 138 133
NASONEX 51 28 141 168
ONGLYZA 51 23 141 210
ZETIA 50 40 143 81
AMIODARONE HCL 50 30 143 167
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 May 31, 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.