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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,306Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 80 out of 2888

$1.51M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 73 out of 2888

834 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
85% 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

37% of this provider’s 834 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 14,595 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$71 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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 646 365 S3 1 4
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 591 330 S3 2 147
LISINOPRIL 536 398 3 3
AMOXICILLIN 503 277 4 117
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 487 353 5 1
CRESTOR 483 324 6 20
LOVASTATIN 470 341 7 41
METFORMIN HCL 443 256 8 8
FUROSEMIDE 432 338 9 6
SIMVASTATIN 405 290 10 2
NASONEX 397 223 11 168
NEXIUM 368 218 12 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 349 260 13 5
CLONIDINE HCL 345 260 14 39
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 330 247 15 14
GABAPENTIN 285 198 16 13
NIFEDIPINE ER 267 217 17 76
GLIMEPIRIDE 266 169 18 36
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 246 179 19 10
OMEPRAZOLE 240 187 20 7
TRAMADOL HCL 232 167 21 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 229 154 22 17
CARVEDILOL 229 175 22 21
CARISOPRODOL 228 33 R 24 82
LIDODERM 219 181 25 105
DIOVAN HCT 217 171 26 61
MELOXICAM 217 137 26 31
DIOVAN 216 170 28 35
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 215 143 29 15
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 209 174 30 46
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 188 122 31 88
AZITHROMYCIN 171 93 32 38
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 169 97 R 33 68
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 164 121 34 28
CLOPIDOGREL 164 122 34 30
WARFARIN SODIUM 163 145 36 22
IBUPROFEN 161 94 37 87
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 155 107 38 47
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 154 118 39 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 146 120 40 29
PLAVIX 146 114 40 40
MIRTAZAPINE 145 134 42 54
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 143 70 43 92
ASTEPRO 138 73 44 421
DONEPEZIL HCL 132 126 45 26
PROMETHAZINE HCL 130 67 R 46 96
SINGULAIR 127 77 47 85
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 125 74 48 49
ZETIA 124 105 49 81
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 118 69 50 145
GLIPIZIDE 114 83 51 50
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 113 67 52 33
RISPERIDONE 110 103 53 72
PREDNISONE 109 76 54 42
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 109 85 54 9
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 103 63 56 156
DEXILANT 103 65 56 186
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 98 78 58 32
LEVETIRACETAM 96 59 59 103
PEN NEEDLE 96 50 59 110
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 95 58 61 51
FAMOTIDINE 94 76 62 75
LYRICA 92 51 63 69
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 91 50 64 128
PROAIR HFA 91 39 64 71
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 89 66 66 23
LANTUS 88 47 67 45
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 85 29 68 141
RANITIDINE HCL 84 48 69 56
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 83 49 70 243
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 79 62 71 116
SERTRALINE HCL 77 56 72 27
NAPROXEN 77 59 72 80
DIGOXIN 77 65 72 55
CITALOPRAM HBR 76 70 75 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 74 55 76 18
CELEBREX 73 72 77 89
NOVOLOG 72 61 78 114
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 71 35 79 63
ALLOPURINOL 70 46 80 37
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 70 61 R 80 191
JANUVIA 69 60 82 48
NOVOLIN R 69 64 82 109
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 68 49 84 153
LACTULOSE 66 48 85 111
TRAZODONE HCL 66 53 85 43
HYDROXYZINE HCL 66 33 R 85 174
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 66 31 85 67
NAMENDA 65 65 89 34
TIZANIDINE HCL 63 57 90 133
ATENOLOL 62 31 91 25
COMBIVENT 61 40 92 177
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 60 21 93 171
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 60 41 93 12
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 59 49 95 124
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 57 43 96 62
PATADAY 56 37 97 261
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 55 51 98 113
HYDRALAZINE HCL 55 34 98 59
VALPROIC ACID 55 37 98 278
NIFEDICAL XL 55 47 98 190
SANTYL 55 38 98 210
ADVAIR DISKUS 53 34 103 60
LEVEMIR 52 50 104 135
HUMULIN 70-30 52 52 104 230
SURE COMFORT 50 25 106 276
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 Nov. 13, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.