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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,686Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 120 out of 2888

$1.13M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 159 out of 2888

813 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
66% 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

26% of this provider’s 813 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 12,767 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

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,211 619 S3 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 892 722 2 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 707 553 3 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 706 564 4 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 663 521 5 1
OMEPRAZOLE 559 387 6 7
FUROSEMIDE 476 339 7 6
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 432 288 8 33
LISINOPRIL 422 329 9 3
METFORMIN HCL 343 252 10 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 341 238 11 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 326 263 12 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 309 207 13 10
BENAZEPRIL HCL 284 243 14 77
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 266 136 15 17
METFORMIN HCL ER 258 189 16 53
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 237 194 17 46
CLOPIDOGREL 229 178 18 30
GLYBURIDE 227 147 R 19 58
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 217 157 R 20 64
INSULIN SYRINGE 216 133 21 86
PLAVIX 214 168 22 40
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 207 143 23 15
SERTRALINE HCL 194 148 24 27
LEVEMIR 191 126 25 135
GABAPENTIN 179 118 26 13
CRESTOR 179 97 26 20
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 169 140 28 12
PAROXETINE HCL 159 89 29 84
LANTUS 159 70 29 45
TRAMADOL HCL 158 80 31 16
JANUVIA 144 119 32 48
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 134 110 33 14
ATENOLOL 127 89 34 25
CITALOPRAM HBR 127 64 34 24
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 119 47 R 36 68
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 84 37 28
PROAIR HFA 111 57 38 71
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 106 76 39 183
TAMSULOSIN HCL 105 81 40 29
GLIPIZIDE 104 88 41 50
FLUOXETINE HCL 102 52 42 83
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 102 68 42 51
MELOXICAM 101 85 44 31
AZITHROMYCIN 100 64 45 38
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 99 67 46 49
ALLOPURINOL 98 82 47 37
CLONIDINE HCL 96 57 48 39
DONEPEZIL HCL 95 95 49 26
HYDRALAZINE HCL 94 77 50 59
NOVOLIN 70-30 93 57 51 144
CARVEDILOL 88 65 52 21
FELODIPINE ER 87 72 53 175
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 87 55 53 32
WARFARIN SODIUM 83 58 55 22
SURE COMFORT 83 25 55 276
NOVOLOG 82 24 57 114
NAMENDA 81 81 58 34
DIGOXIN 77 53 59 55
LYRICA 77 51 59 69
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 76 62 61 23
SYMBICORT 76 26 61 142
FAMOTIDINE 71 55 63 75
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 69 48 64 47
SINGULAIR 67 24 65 85
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 66 33 66 88
SPIRONOLACTONE 62 41 67 70
CARISOPRODOL 60 21 R 68 82
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 50 69 254
NOVOLIN R 59 36 69 109
FENOFIBRATE 59 11 69 65
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 58 54 72 146
VERAPAMIL ER 58 33 72 104
CYMBALTA 57 32 74 44
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 57 32 74 92
DILTIAZEM ER 57 42 74 182
RANITIDINE HCL 56 32 77 56
LEVOFLOXACIN 56 33 77 57
JANTOVEN 55 41 79 163
ADVAIR DISKUS 52 26 80 60
ACTOS 51 40 81 108
ZETIA 51 43 81 81
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. 22, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.