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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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45,010Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 2888

$4.18M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 2888

1,468 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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

17% of this provider’s 1,468 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 35,438 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

$93 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
TRAMADOL HCL 1,388 1,005 1 16
FUROSEMIDE 1,009 854 2 6
LISINOPRIL 996 762 3 3
NEXIUM 951 700 4 19
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 929 769 5 196
NAMENDA 862 832 6 34
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 842 734 7 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 805 752 8 26
METFORMIN HCL 805 559 8 8
SIMVASTATIN 764 655 10 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 732 610 11 14
AZITHROMYCIN 719 552 12 38
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 684 573 13 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 663 432 14 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 630 533 15 5
RANITIDINE HCL 619 465 16 56
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 616 512 17 9
LABETALOL HCL 586 478 10 18 180
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 565 490 19 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 559 438 20 12
OMEPRAZOLE 552 465 21 7
CLONIDINE HCL 518 399 22 39
PREDNISONE 517 419 23 42
VOLTAREN 504 407 24 157
MELOXICAM 504 408 24 31
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 476 386 26 145
GLIMEPIRIDE 474 352 27 36
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 438 213 S3 28 4
SULFASALAZINE 415 371 10 29 354
GABAPENTIN 413 314 30 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 405 366 31 23
LYRICA 397 272 32 69
CLOPIDOGREL 394 335 33 30
JANUVIA 393 319 34 48
LIDODERM 392 303 35 105
MECLIZINE HCL 366 325 36 122
TAMSULOSIN HCL 365 307 37 29
ADVAIR DISKUS 304 266 38 60
CRESTOR 300 217 39 20
WARFARIN SODIUM 293 248 40 22
LACTULOSE 276 197 41 111
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 273 198 42 11
PLAVIX 262 221 43 40
LIPITOR 255 202 44 78
FAMOTIDINE 253 218 45 75
DIOVAN 250 187 46 35
ZOSTAVAX 240 204 47 221
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 234 206 48 94
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 233 179 R 49 64
DICYCLOMINE HCL 233 173 49 224
SINGULAIR 230 172 51 85
HYDRALAZINE HCL 229 195 52 59
AZELASTINE HCL 228 176 53 355
LANTUS 228 176 53 45
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 223 178 55 47
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 223 189 55 62
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 223 170 55 93
OLANZAPINE 219 213 58 137
LEVOFLOXACIN 212 154 59 57
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 211 178 60 134
ACTOS 202 164 61 108
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 194 106 62 128
FLUOXETINE HCL 190 146 63 83
INSULIN SYRINGE 189 135 64 86
KLOR-CON M20 185 172 65 90
SPIRIVA 182 161 66 79
PRANDIN 178 134 67 305
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 176 115 68 95
MUPIROCIN 176 126 68 184
BUSPIRONE HCL 175 136 70 148
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 174 143 71 49
TRICOR 169 126 72 91
ONGLYZA 169 142 72 210
ACARBOSE 167 109 74 323
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 164 122 75 116
NOVOLIN R 162 148 76 109
NIFEDIPINE ER 159 142 77 76
KETOCONAZOLE 159 137 77 270
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 154 122 79 356
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 150 144 80 113
CILOSTAZOL 148 121 81 165
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 146 90 R 82 74
SYMBICORT 143 112 83 142
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 142 115 84 153
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 141 90 85 209
SULFAZINE 140 121 10 86 455
SERTRALINE HCL 137 114 87 27
CEPHALEXIN 136 102 88 119
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 133 93 89 141
CYMBALTA 129 69 90 44
ROPINIROLE HCL 129 112 90 115
ATENOLOL 126 100 92 25
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 125 97 93 46
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 122 92 94 51
HYDROXYZINE HCL 122 82 R 94 174
EVISTA 121 115 96 125
TOPIRAMATE 121 70 96 206
QUINAPRIL HCL 119 90 98 179
PROMETHAZINE HCL 118 78 R 99 96
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 116 83 100 33
MEGACE ES 115 108 R 101 310
LEVETIRACETAM 112 75 102 103
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 111 74 103 253
CARVEDILOL 106 93 104 21
PEN NEEDLE 106 65 104 110
BACLOFEN 105 75 106 121
DETROL LA 105 85 106 192
DIGOXIN 104 102 108 55
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 104 69 108 88
ALLOPURINOL 101 85 110 37
SUCRALFATE 96 79 111 187
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95 80 112 15
LEXAPRO 95 73 112 198
DIOVAN HCT 94 88 114 61
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 92 71 115 124
NASONEX 91 61 116 168
NAPROXEN 91 44 116 80
CITALOPRAM HBR 91 82 116 24
SPIRONOLACTONE 91 70 116 70
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 89 78 120 162
SANTYL 89 74 120 210
LIDOCAINE 89 54 120 412
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 89 70 R 120 248
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 87 71 S3 124 147
EXELON 87 87 124 106
GLIPIZIDE 84 62 126 50
CELEBREX 83 57 127 89
PROAIR HFA 82 66 128 71
MINOXIDIL 81 53 129 431
METRONIDAZOLE 80 62 130 256
MIDODRINE HCL 80 72 130 370
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 79 57 132 32
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 77 46 133 291
AMIODARONE HCL 75 69 134 167
BENICAR 75 58 134 138
TERBINAFINE HCL 75 38 134 328
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 72 67 137 188
COMBIVENT 72 59 137 177
THEOPHYLLINE 71 54 139 519
IBUPROFEN 70 52 140 87
BUPROPION HCL SR 70 45 140 231
PRADAXA 68 57 142 273
VENTOLIN HFA 68 47 142 173
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 65 31 144 226
MEGESTROL ACETATE 65 60 R 144 140
NIASPAN 64 51 146 127
VESICARE 64 46 146 154
DESONIDE 62 43 148 544
GLYBURIDE 62 51 R 148 58
NOVOLOG 61 37 150 114
PERMETHRIN 60 40 151 452
RAMIPRIL 59 44 152 73
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 59 35 152 92
PENTOXIFYLLINE 59 59 152 286
CLARITHROMYCIN 58 44 155 383
RISPERIDONE 58 21 155 72
SURE COMFORT 57 42 157 276
JANTOVEN 56 48 158 163
BUMETANIDE 56 41 158 203
HUMULIN R 55 40 160 233
KLOR-CON M10 55 41 160 118
DILTIAZEM HCL 55 48 160 236
LIDOCAINE HCL 54 44 163 297
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 54 27 163 387
PROCTOZONE-HC 53 47 165 583
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 53 36 165 66
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 52 36 167 112
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 52 26 167 309
TESTOSTERONE ENANTHATE 51 44 S3 169 597
BUPROPION XL 50 41 170 212
LANSOPRAZOLE 50 39 170 213
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. 16, 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.