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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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34,776Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 2888

$1.61M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 57 out of 2888

1,404 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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

1% of this provider’s 1,404 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 1,404 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 25,238 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,716 1,280 1 5
LISINOPRIL 1,543 1,161 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 1,497 1,105 3 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,435 854 S3 4 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,380 1,072 5 1
FUROSEMIDE 1,074 822 6 6
OMEPRAZOLE 893 636 7 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 800 621 8 10
METFORMIN HCL 684 527 9 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 665 556 10 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 521 370 11 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 490 408 12 9
DONEPEZIL HCL 469 442 13 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 459 399 14 11
TRAMADOL HCL 434 354 15 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 433 382 16 22
MELOXICAM 399 302 17 31
CLONIDINE HCL 397 277 18 39
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 372 252 19 14
GABAPENTIN 367 255 20 13
LIPITOR 349 278 21 78
SERTRALINE HCL 339 267 22 27
NEXIUM 314 226 23 19
CARVEDILOL 300 265 24 21
ATENOLOL 296 263 25 25
CRESTOR 295 204 26 20
RANITIDINE HCL 290 209 27 56
CLOPIDOGREL 271 215 28 30
RISPERIDONE 270 171 29 72
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 269 209 30 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 262 251 31 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 260 224 32 24
LOVASTATIN 257 200 33 41
ALLOPURINOL 240 220 34 37
NAMENDA 229 221 35 34
LEVOFLOXACIN 228 159 36 57
TAMSULOSIN HCL 226 184 37 29
PLAVIX 211 170 38 40
FAMOTIDINE 199 163 39 75
MIRTAZAPINE 199 174 39 54
TRAZODONE HCL 192 129 41 43
PREDNISONE 191 156 42 42
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 189 162 R 43 74
TOPIRAMATE 179 42 44 206
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 179 93 44 66
CARISOPRODOL 169 30 R 46 82
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 166 141 47 51
ZETIA 162 105 48 81
DIOVAN 157 137 49 35
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 155 91 50 32
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 154 91 51 128
LOVAZA 154 83 51 97
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 154 103 51 28
LEVETIRACETAM 139 92 54 103
DIOVAN HCT 136 94 55 61
BUSPIRONE HCL 133 86 56 148
LYRICA 130 87 57 69
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 124 92 58 18
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 123 66 59 100
AZITHROMYCIN 123 92 59 38
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 121 72 61 33
NIFEDIPINE ER 118 84 62 76
GEMFIBROZIL 117 96 63 98
LACTULOSE 114 66 64 111
NOVOLOG 112 87 65 114
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 109 48 R 66 68
DIGOXIN 109 101 66 55
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 108 69 68 132
FLUOXETINE HCL 106 30 69 83
EXELON 106 86 69 106
RAMIPRIL 104 77 71 73
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 103 58 72 88
HYDRALAZINE HCL 103 83 72 59
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 103 64 72 93
OXCARBAZEPINE 100 13 75 342
LAMOTRIGINE 96 26 76 257
LANTUS 95 82 77 45
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 94 21 78 185
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 93 62 R 79 191
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 93 65 79 94
BACLOFEN 91 44 81 121
CELEBREX 88 57 82 89
METFORMIN HCL ER 87 41 83 53
GLIMEPIRIDE 85 68 84 36
JANTOVEN 84 72 85 163
SPIRONOLACTONE 83 66 86 70
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 82 73 87 134
NITROSTAT 80 64 88 240
SINGULAIR 80 36 88 85
NYSTATIN 79 47 90 178
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 79 65 90 67
VENLAFAXINE HCL 78 66 92 246
NASONEX 77 39 93 168
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 75 45 94 62
BENAZEPRIL HCL 75 40 94 77
LEVEMIR 73 54 96 135
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 73 73 96 49
JANUVIA 72 63 98 48
TRICOR 72 42 98 91
KLOR-CON M10 72 65 98 118
PAROXETINE HCL 72 51 98 84
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 71 62 102 162
SEROQUEL 71 32 102 143
FINASTERIDE 71 71 102 102
SYMBICORT 71 56 102 142
TERAZOSIN HCL 70 64 106 152
PROPRANOLOL HCL 70 58 106 164
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 69 51 108 47
METHOCARBAMOL 69 29 R 108 176
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 69 45 108 124
NAPROXEN 68 51 111 80
PROAIR HFA 68 37 111 71
FENOFIBRATE 66 58 113 65
CYMBALTA 65 30 114 44
BENICAR 64 62 115 138
MECLIZINE HCL 62 60 116 122
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 62 62 116 264
DILTIAZEM ER 62 60 116 182
ROPINIROLE HCL 61 44 119 115
GLIPIZIDE 61 58 119 50
LUNESTA 59 23 121 301
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 59 32 121 63
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 58 48 123 146
LATANOPROST 58 39 123 197
NATEGLINIDE 55 51 125 274
PROMETHAZINE HCL 54 30 R 126 96
IBUPROFEN 53 16 127 87
VYTORIN 53 27 127 155
CALCITRIOL 52 52 129 222
VERAPAMIL ER 52 37 129 104
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 50 12 S3 131 147
GLYBURIDE 50 37 R 131 58
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 Sept. 16, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.