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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,654Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 86 out of 2888

$1.08M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 177 out of 2888

803 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
42% 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

16% of this provider’s 803 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 16,498 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
SIMVASTATIN 830 692 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 829 741 2 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 683 592 3 1
ATENOLOL 591 404 4 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 548 475 5 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 535 425 6 12
OMEPRAZOLE 516 415 7 7
LISINOPRIL 408 315 8 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 408 347 8 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 405 359 10 18
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 378 207 S3 11 4
METFORMIN HCL ER 356 288 12 53
FUROSEMIDE 322 247 13 6
TAMSULOSIN HCL 298 273 14 29
METFORMIN HCL 283 221 15 8
TRAMADOL HCL 274 187 16 16
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 272 250 17 23
FENOFIBRATE 262 225 18 65
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 248 195 19 63
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 228 179 20 14
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 225 166 R 21 64
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 225 189 21 46
CLONIDINE HCL 223 155 23 39
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 222 188 24 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 222 169 24 15
RANITIDINE HCL 220 186 26 56
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 214 169 27 67
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 214 147 27 28
CRESTOR 200 160 29 20
CLOPIDOGREL 199 167 30 30
FINASTERIDE 195 171 31 102
GABAPENTIN 194 115 32 13
LOVASTATIN 187 159 33 41
ALLOPURINOL 184 153 34 37
LEVOFLOXACIN 176 139 35 57
DIOVAN 173 138 36 35
WARFARIN SODIUM 172 133 37 22
CARVEDILOL 172 135 37 21
PLAVIX 151 139 39 40
BENAZEPRIL HCL 147 111 40 77
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 140 105 41 17
NAPROXEN 138 106 42 80
GLIMEPIRIDE 138 113 42 36
DIOVAN HCT 136 123 44 61
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 133 76 R 45 68
TIZANIDINE HCL 132 71 46 133
NEXIUM 125 91 47 19
AZITHROMYCIN 123 113 48 38
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 119 108 49 145
LIPITOR 119 108 49 78
SERTRALINE HCL 116 109 51 27
LANTUS 103 87 52 45
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 98 71 53 92
MUPIROCIN 98 74 53 184
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 93 71 55 51
HYDRALAZINE HCL 93 90 55 59
DONEPEZIL HCL 89 82 57 26
EVISTA 86 86 58 125
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 86 77 58 234
GLIPIZIDE 82 75 60 50
GEMFIBROZIL 80 63 61 98
SYMBICORT 79 61 62 142
GLYBURIDE 78 56 R 63 58
MEGESTROL ACETATE 77 72 R 64 140
MELOXICAM 74 52 65 31
DIGOXIN 72 55 66 55
RAMIPRIL 71 38 67 73
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 71 71 67 94
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 70 47 69 33
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 70 60 69 32
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 68 55 71 259
ADVAIR DISKUS 67 44 72 60
TORSEMIDE 67 39 72 158
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 66 52 74 47
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 65 59 75 49
PROAIR HFA 64 50 76 71
INSULIN SYRINGE 62 45 77 86
PEN NEEDLE 61 30 78 110
SPIRONOLACTONE 60 44 79 70
LYRICA 59 34 80 69
TRAZODONE HCL 58 32 81 43
FAMOTIDINE 58 57 81 75
CITALOPRAM HBR 56 44 83 24
BYSTOLIC 54 44 84 99
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 54 49 84 124
SYNTHROID 53 53 86 52
MECLIZINE HCL 53 49 86 122
FEXOFENADINE HCL 52 47 88 446
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 52 39 88 93
LEVOXYL 52 43 88 208
PAROXETINE HCL 51 48 91 84
CEPHALEXIN 50 43 92 119
ACTONEL 50 50 92 149
PREDNISONE 50 44 92 42
VERAPAMIL ER 50 50 92 104
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.