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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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35,911Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 2888

$2.07M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 24 out of 2888

717 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
82% 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

6% of this provider’s 717 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

33% of this provider’s 717 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 31,639 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

50 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
FUROSEMIDE 1,495 1,349 1 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,273 1,184 2 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,191 991 S3 3 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 1,038 974 4 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 927 812 5 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 896 881 6 26
NAMENDA 892 868 7 34
SIMVASTATIN 886 776 8 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 796 704 9 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 790 709 10 10
LISINOPRIL 727 663 11 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 622 508 12 24
GABAPENTIN 548 460 13 13
TRAZODONE HCL 522 425 14 43
MIRTAZAPINE 496 462 15 54
RANITIDINE HCL 486 429 16 56
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 481 442 17 66
CARVEDILOL 478 425 18 21
NOVOLIN R 456 377 19 109
SERTRALINE HCL 419 377 20 27
LANTUS 418 380 21 45
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 378 329 22 150
OMEPRAZOLE 369 311 23 7
TRAMADOL HCL 367 312 24 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 348 346 25 11
DIOVAN 319 288 26 35
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 303 264 27 62
CYMBALTA 299 243 28 44
RAMIPRIL 299 261 28 73
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 287 248 30 15
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 279 268 31 113
EXELON 260 245 32 106
TAMSULOSIN HCL 255 218 33 29
CLOPIDOGREL 253 248 34 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 248 204 35 17
DIGOXIN 238 234 36 55
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 231 211 37 47
METFORMIN HCL 217 188 38 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 214 188 39 9
LEVETIRACETAM 200 156 40 103
PREDNISONE 198 159 41 42
LEVEMIR 190 146 42 135
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 185 156 43 12
RISPERIDONE 184 183 44 72
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 181 174 45 18
KLOR-CON M20 179 163 46 90
ATENOLOL 172 172 47 25
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 171 143 48 32
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 170 168 49 100
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 166 164 50 23
CLONIDINE HCL 162 142 51 39
BACLOFEN 161 73 52 121
LYRICA 158 139 53 69
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 158 132 53 33
KLOR-CON M10 157 153 55 118
FAMOTIDINE 151 148 56 75
SEROQUEL 145 120 57 143
ROPINIROLE HCL 143 143 58 115
PLAVIX 142 136 59 40
PROMETHAZINE HCL 133 97 R 60 96
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 132 122 61 132
HYDRALAZINE HCL 131 108 62 59
NYSTATIN 130 122 63 178
GLIMEPIRIDE 129 128 64 36
NOVOLOG 128 93 65 114
LIDODERM 122 96 66 105
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 121 108 67 162
ADVAIR DISKUS 121 107 67 60
LEVOFLOXACIN 118 103 69 57
OLANZAPINE 117 101 70 137
CALCITRIOL 116 110 71 222
VENLAFAXINE HCL 115 115 72 246
SPIRONOLACTONE 115 105 72 70
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 115 109 72 171
LATANOPROST 112 109 75 197
NEXIUM 111 96 76 19
ALLOPURINOL 107 103 77 37
JANUVIA 106 96 78 48
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 106 104 78 51
AMIODARONE HCL 105 93 80 167
FLUOXETINE HCL 101 75 81 83
FINASTERIDE 98 88 82 102
SPIRIVA 96 80 83 79
ABILIFY 95 72 84 172
METHADONE HCL 92 82 S2 85 216
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 90 75 86 290
SINGULAIR 87 58 87 85
MELOXICAM 86 86 88 31
LACTULOSE 85 68 89 111
HYDROXYZINE HCL 83 69 R 90 174
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 81 72 91 88
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 80 62 92 134
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 80 69 92 153
GLIPIZIDE 79 75 94 50
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 78 73 95 124
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 78 32 95 128
BUSPIRONE HCL 76 70 97 148
GALANTAMINE HBR 74 74 98 325
METOLAZONE 74 72 98 215
NOVOLIN 70-30 73 32 100 144
DETROL LA 72 55 101 192
MUPIROCIN 71 58 102 184
PAROXETINE HCL 71 71 102 84
SANTYL 70 60 104 210
DILTIAZEM HCL 70 62 104 236
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 70 63 104 92
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 68 64 107 146
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 67 53 108 188
BUDESONIDE 67 54 108 527
CARBAMAZEPINE 66 36 110 217
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 66 57 110 185
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 65 60 112 93
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 64 59 113 421
NIFEDIPINE ER 64 60 113 76
BUPROPION HCL SR 63 40 115 231
CEFTRIAXONE 63 62 115 281
VALPROIC ACID 62 62 117 278
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 62 55 117 116
LEXAPRO 61 52 119 198
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 61 52 119 94
ENABLEX 61 56 119 269
DILTIAZEM ER 59 56 122 182
LOVASTATIN 58 50 123 41
TRAVATAN Z 58 58 123 239
BUMETANIDE 58 54 123 203
NITROFURANTOIN 57 54 126 241
HUMULIN R 57 44 126 233
SYMBICORT 56 45 128 142
LIDOCAINE HCL 56 55 128 297
AZITHROMYCIN 56 50 128 38
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 56 56 128 120
JANTOVEN 55 55 132 163
SENSIPAR 55 28 132 375
AVODART 54 54 134 151
CEPHALEXIN 53 43 135 119
FENTANYL 51 38 S2 136 126
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 50 44 137 145
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 July 16, 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.