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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,731Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 138 out of 2888

$981K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 223 out of 2888

730 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
31% 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

7% of this provider’s 730 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 15,799 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% 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

24 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 699 634 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 576 559 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 564 466 3 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 530 490 4 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 508 495 5 5
GABAPENTIN 500 417 6 13
CARVEDILOL 464 427 7 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 442 395 8 12
LISINOPRIL 370 345 9 3
GLIMEPIRIDE 368 341 10 36
FUROSEMIDE 352 319 11 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 311 262 12 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 297 263 13 24
TRAMADOL HCL 293 249 14 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 292 290 15 22
METFORMIN HCL 283 235 16 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 273 252 17 11
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 231 206 18 46
DONEPEZIL HCL 227 208 19 26
EVISTA 222 211 20 125
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 211 196 21 14
SPIRONOLACTONE 210 194 22 70
TRAZODONE HCL 203 162 23 43
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 197 151 S3 24 4
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 193 184 25 23
CYMBALTA 182 167 26 44
NEXIUM 178 158 27 19
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 160 139 R 28 64
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 158 130 29 17
FINASTERIDE 157 157 30 102
CLONIDINE HCL 153 129 31 39
MELOXICAM 150 136 32 31
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 146 114 33 193
PREDNISONE 144 127 34 42
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 142 118 35 266
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 139 117 36 120
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 132 117 37 112
TAMSULOSIN HCL 132 124 37 29
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 128 116 39 32
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 127 109 40 10
HYDRALAZINE HCL 127 125 40 59
EXELON 122 122 42 106
MIRTAZAPINE 118 92 43 54
CLOPIDOGREL 113 93 44 30
PAROXETINE HCL 111 86 45 84
SERTRALINE HCL 108 99 46 27
DIGOXIN 104 103 47 55
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 103 91 48 101
ALLOPURINOL 98 95 49 37
PLAVIX 96 82 50 40
JANUVIA 93 86 51 48
ATENOLOL 91 91 52 25
ROPINIROLE HCL 91 88 52 115
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 90 87 54 47
NAMENDA 87 87 55 34
DIOVAN 86 75 56 35
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 85 59 57 33
MECLIZINE HCL 85 81 57 122
LOVASTATIN 82 67 59 41
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 81 81 60 51
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 77 51 R 61 74
CRESTOR 74 53 62 20
TRICOR 74 56 62 91
AZITHROMYCIN 71 64 64 38
SINGULAIR 70 67 65 85
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 70 69 65 124
LEVOFLOXACIN 70 59 65 57
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 68 50 68 67
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 66 54 69 63
PROPRANOLOL HCL 66 65 69 164
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 60 71 28
RAMIPRIL 63 60 72 73
VERAPAMIL ER 61 52 73 104
RANITIDINE HCL 60 60 74 56
TOPIRAMATE 58 53 75 206
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 58 54 75 95
TORSEMIDE 56 56 77 158
JANUMET 53 45 78 131
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 51 51 79 92
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. 11, 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.