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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,543Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 77 out of 2888

$1.19M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 137 out of 2888

723 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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

21% of this provider’s 723 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 18,159 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$55 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
LISINOPRIL 769 662 1 3
OMEPRAZOLE 731 626 2 7
NEXIUM 729 622 3 19
METFORMIN HCL 713 605 4 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 682 579 5 1
SIMVASTATIN 660 593 6 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 631 574 7 5
FUROSEMIDE 617 523 8 6
CRESTOR 513 438 9 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 511 457 10 9
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 494 404 R 11 64
IBUPROFEN 393 322 12 87
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 312 266 13 67
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 306 243 14 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 283 257 15 29
GABAPENTIN 282 227 16 13
GLYBURIDE 276 250 R 17 58
DIOVAN 271 260 18 35
LEVOFLOXACIN 263 207 19 57
TRAMADOL HCL 260 210 20 16
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 240 210 21 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 239 202 22 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 238 99 S3 23 4
AZITHROMYCIN 223 189 24 38
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 223 202 24 15
NAPROXEN 216 196 26 80
CLONIDINE HCL 215 184 27 39
JANUVIA 208 161 28 48
HYDROCODONE BIT-IBUPROFEN 205 128 S3 29 280
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 199 167 30 14
ATENOLOL 195 142 31 25
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 194 148 32 123
CARVEDILOL 189 156 33 21
DIOVAN HCT 188 179 34 61
DONEPEZIL HCL 180 180 35 26
LANTUS 173 140 36 45
TRICOR 172 154 37 91
INSULIN SYRINGE 168 149 38 86
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 164 131 39 11
NAMENDA 153 148 40 34
CLOPIDOGREL 148 136 41 30
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 135 114 42 47
WARFARIN SODIUM 134 96 43 22
SERTRALINE HCL 132 91 44 27
HYDRALAZINE HCL 130 114 45 59
LIPITOR 126 108 46 78
FENOFIBRATE 123 111 47 65
LACTULOSE 122 115 48 111
LYRICA 119 81 49 69
MEGESTROL ACETATE 117 112 R 50 140
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115 112 51 28
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 109 69 R 52 68
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 107 86 53 136
MECLIZINE HCL 102 89 54 122
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 100 91 55 62
PLAVIX 100 91 55 40
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 100 79 55 33
MELOXICAM 87 74 58 31
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86 86 59 46
HUMULIN 70-30 85 68 60 230
ALLOPURINOL 81 69 61 37
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 81 63 61 101
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 81 69 61 49
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 75 65 64 51
VOLTAREN 74 57 65 157
FLUOCINONIDE 71 65 66 330
PROAIR HFA 71 55 66 71
AVODART 70 67 68 151
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 67 55 69 18
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 66 61 70 234
CITALOPRAM HBR 66 43 70 24
PREDNISONE 65 47 72 42
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 65 61 72 124
LEVEMIR 65 56 72 135
FAMOTIDINE 65 64 72 75
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 65 62 72 95
TEKTURNA HCT 64 64 77 465
LOVAZA 64 44 77 97
RAMIPRIL 63 49 79 73
VENTOLIN HFA 62 48 80 173
NOVOLIN R 61 54 81 109
LABETALOL HCL 60 42 82 180
RANITIDINE HCL 60 48 82 56
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 59 59 84 146
CEPHALEXIN 57 44 85 119
CEFUROXIME 56 42 86 130
NOVOLIN 70-30 55 45 87 144
KLOR-CON M20 55 42 87 90
GLIPIZIDE 55 43 87 50
DETROL LA 55 54 87 192
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 53 53 91 94
PAROXETINE HCL 52 50 92 84
SINGULAIR 51 43 93 85
NIFEDIPINE ER 51 47 93 76
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 51 49 93 66
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 51 42 S3 93 147
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 50 40 97 112
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 50 24 97 128
METOLAZONE 50 50 97 215
CYMBALTA 50 39 97 44
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50 45 97 32
MUPIROCIN 50 41 97 184
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 Dec. 5, 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.