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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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43,516Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 2888

$2.4M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 2888

1,066 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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

21% of this provider’s 1,066 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 37,686 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

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 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 1,900 1,641 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,488 1,351 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 1,232 1,098 3 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,231 1,129 4 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,133 837 S3 5 4
OMEPRAZOLE 1,074 996 6 7
NEXIUM 1,058 935 7 19
CRESTOR 979 859 8 20
JANUVIA 956 847 10 9 48
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 931 829 10 9
FUROSEMIDE 908 838 11 6
TAMSULOSIN HCL 852 788 12 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 812 730 13 18
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 748 622 R 14 64
LISINOPRIL 725 647 15 3
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 662 634 16 23
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 659 592 17 49
GLIMEPIRIDE 611 501 18 36
METFORMIN HCL ER 595 515 19 53
DIOVAN 592 541 20 35
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 536 468 21 12
HYDRALAZINE HCL 481 412 22 59
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 455 403 23 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 415 405 24 14
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 414 377 25 51
SERTRALINE HCL 396 330 26 27
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 389 357 27 47
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 382 368 28 46
KLOR-CON M10 371 343 10 29 118
NAPROXEN 366 288 30 80
NAMENDA 362 352 31 34
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 360 293 32 17
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 348 299 33 95
NIFEDIPINE ER 340 298 34 76
WARFARIN SODIUM 337 254 35 22
LYRICA 326 286 36 69
DIOVAN HCT 321 291 37 61
CLOPIDOGREL 315 289 38 30
GABAPENTIN 310 270 39 13
ATENOLOL 303 268 40 25
CARVEDILOL 299 264 41 21
DIGOXIN 274 274 42 55
RANITIDINE HCL 272 263 43 56
GLYBURIDE 260 242 R 44 58
CLONIDINE HCL 258 207 45 39
AVODART 256 236 46 151
SINGULAIR 254 230 47 85
LANTUS 244 202 48 45
METFORMIN HCL 238 200 49 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 237 237 50 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 235 191 51 33
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 232 177 52 136
IBUPROFEN 229 157 53 87
LABETALOL HCL 227 198 54 180
LOVAZA 225 191 55 97
TRAMADOL HCL 224 194 56 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 219 204 57 11
MEGESTROL ACETATE 211 199 R 58 140
GLIPIZIDE 203 163 59 50
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 201 136 60 28
LIPITOR 198 169 61 78
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 194 130 62 92
LEVOFLOXACIN 193 164 63 57
FAMOTIDINE 192 159 64 75
ALLOPURINOL 188 158 65 37
GLIPIZIDE XL 181 168 66 205
TRICOR 179 138 67 91
INSULIN SYRINGE 174 121 68 86
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 164 141 69 153
VERAPAMIL ER 159 137 70 104
PLAVIX 159 148 70 40
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 156 106 R 72 68
EXFORGE 149 143 73 159
MELOXICAM 148 129 74 31
BENAZEPRIL HCL 148 117 74 77
LIDODERM 146 126 76 105
BACLOFEN 142 76 77 121
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 141 113 78 62
PAROXETINE HCL 130 114 79 84
VOLTAREN 129 108 80 157
CALCITRIOL 124 112 81 222
GLIPIZIDE ER 124 115 81 107
LACTULOSE 123 116 83 111
CYMBALTA 121 83 84 44
DEXILANT 121 101 84 186
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 120 92 86 101
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 119 115 87 67
TRILIPIX 118 85 88 160
KLOR-CON M20 117 76 89 90
AZITHROMYCIN 116 87 90 38
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 115 115 91 113
CELEBREX 108 84 92 89
LEVEMIR 107 94 93 135
FINASTERIDE 106 106 94 102
PEN NEEDLE 102 78 95 110
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 100 100 96 183
JANUMET 96 75 97 131
ACARBOSE 92 91 98 323
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 90 82 99 112
CITALOPRAM HBR 90 75 99 24
FENOFIBRATE 87 76 101 65
CAPTOPRIL 87 55 101 225
MECLIZINE HCL 85 73 103 122
JANTOVEN 85 77 103 163
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 84 70 105 145
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 84 67 105 116
NIFEDICAL XL 82 75 107 190
ONGLYZA 81 74 108 210
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 78 78 109 94
PREDNISONE 74 48 110 42
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 73 72 111 146
ENABLEX 71 58 112 269
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 70 40 113 128
HEPARIN SODIUM 70 38 113 458
BENICAR 66 57 115 138
PENTOXIFYLLINE 66 55 115 286
HYDROXYZINE HCL 65 37 R 117 174
CALCIUM ACETATE 65 61 117 337
LEXAPRO 63 54 119 198
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 62 35 R 120 74
CARAFATE 62 58 120 408
DETROL LA 61 56 122 192
PROAIR HFA 61 49 122 71
MOMETASONE FUROATE 60 53 124 268
MICARDIS HCT 58 58 125 443
SPIRONOLACTONE 58 46 125 70
LOVASTATIN 57 49 127 41
EXELON 55 50 128 106
NOVOLIN R 55 41 128 109
CALCITONIN-SALMON 55 55 128 284
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 54 48 131 88
AMOXICILLIN 53 37 132 117
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 40 133 254
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 51 51 134 226
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 8, 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.