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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,694Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 286 out of 3110

$783K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 629 out of 3110

742 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87% Patients 65 Years and Older

34% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in Texas
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

19% of this provider’s 742 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 31%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

8% of this provider’s 647 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 13%.

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Opioids

14% of this provider’s 742 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 19%.

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Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $84 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$561K

2012

$837K

2013

$861K

2014

$783K

2015

Number of Claims

11,029

2012

14,779

2013

15,171

2014

15,694

2015

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. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

1,060

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

986

prescriptions.

185

patients, 25% of all patients

1 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

650

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

550

prescriptions.

116

patients, 16% of all patients

2 13
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

646

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

573

prescriptions.

124

patients, 17% of all patients

3 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

489

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

435

prescriptions.

110

patients, 15% of all patients

4 3
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

455

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

387

prescriptions.

81

patients, 11% of all patients

5 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

449

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

391

prescriptions.

75

patients, 10% of all patients

6 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

389

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

333

prescriptions.

72

patients, 10% of all patients

7 9
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

308

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

285

prescriptions.

66

patients, 9% of all patients

8 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

303

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

269

prescriptions.

52

patients, 7% of all patients

9 15
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

288

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

253

prescriptions.

73

patients, 10% of all patients

10 7
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

This drug is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

273

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

268

prescriptions.

54

patients, 7% of all patients

11 40
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

266

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

242

prescriptions.

51

patients, 7% of all patients

12 16
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

263

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

212

prescriptions.

56

patients, 8% of all patients

13 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

244

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

233

prescriptions.

46

patients, 6% of all patients

14 14
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

233

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

15 6
NIFEDIPINE ER

Used for the treatment of v... +

Used for the treatment of vasospastic angina, chronic stable angina and hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

231

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

226

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

16 82
METFORMIN HCL ER

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

230

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

44

patients, 6% of all patients

17 48
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

229

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

202

prescriptions.

47

patients, 6% of all patients

18 19
BENAZEPRIL HCL

Benazepril is used alone or... +

Benazepril is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

229

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

18 88
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

228

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

199

prescriptions.

48

patients, 6% of all patients

20 35
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

199

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

21 38
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

194

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

47

patients, 6% of all patients

22 10
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

192

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

66

patients, 9% of all patients

O 23 12
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

183

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

24 34
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

178

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

40

patients, 5% of all patients

25 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

177

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

26 22
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

27 21
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

28 32
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

41

patients, 6% of all patients

28 63
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

49

patients, 7% of all patients

30 27
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL

The combination of amlodipi... +

The combination of amlodipine and benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

31 89
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

Citalopram is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

32 30
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

Lowers high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

33 25
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

34 33
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

35 200
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

36 84
PROAIR HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

37 53
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

38 94
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID

Used to treat high blood pr... +

Used to treat high blood pressure and edema (fluid retention; excess fluid held in body tissues) in patients who have lower amounts of potassium in their bodies or for whom low potassium levels in the body could be dangerous. Source: National Library of Medicine

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

39 62
JANUMET

This is a combination drug ... +

This is a combination drug containing metformin and sitagliptin and is used to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

39 151
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

Hydralazine is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

41 52
AMLODIPINE-VALSARTAN

This combination of medicin... +

This combination of medicines are used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

42 221
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

Ciprofloxacin is used to treat or prevent certain infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

81

patients, 11% of all patients

A 43 56
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

44 64
NAPROXEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, tendinitis, headache, backache, and toothache. Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

44 81
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

46 17
VERAPAMIL ER

Verapamil is used to treat ... +

Verapamil is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

47 149
GLIPIZIDE

Used with diet and exercise... +

Used with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

48 47
DONEPEZIL HCL

Donepezil is used to treat ... +

Donepezil is used to treat dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and may cause changes in mood and personality) associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD; a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities). Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

49 26
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

50 39
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

The combination of benazepr... +

The combination of benazepril and hydrochlorothiazide is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

51 333
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura... +

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura XL) is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

52 108
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN

Treats short-term, medium t... +

Treats short-term, medium to medium-severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

O 53 100
GLIPIZIDE XL

Glipizide is used along wit... +

Glipizide is used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 54 173
TRIBENZOR 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

54 337
GLIPIZIDE ER

Glipizide is used along wit... +

Glipizide is used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

54 120
PIOGLITAZONE HCL

Pioglitazone is used to tre... +

Pioglitazone is used to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

57 77
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

57 24
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

59 50
SPIRONOLACTONE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) in patients with congestive heart failure, liver cirrhosis, or nephrotic syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

<11 60 69
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 60 28
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE

Bisoprolol is used alone or... +

Bisoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

62 247
DICLOFENAC SODIUM ER 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

62 329
VALSARTAN

Valsartan is used alone or ... +

Valsartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

64 65
WARFARIN SODIUM

Warfarin is used to prevent... +

Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 65 31
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

65 49
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. The data for 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • 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 March 16, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.