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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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26,583Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 33 out of 2888

$1.71M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 45 out of 2888

1,109 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
54% 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

11% of this provider’s 1,109 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 21,136 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 1,152 950 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 846 724 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 802 624 3 6
LISINOPRIL 682 538 4 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 552 477 5 22
METFORMIN HCL 546 399 6 8
OMEPRAZOLE 542 424 7 7
GABAPENTIN 536 405 8 13
SERTRALINE HCL 530 459 9 27
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 516 445 10 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 483 408 11 10
GLIMEPIRIDE 456 356 12 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 424 349 13 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 409 328 14 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 400 300 15 14
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 390 280 16 32
ATENOLOL 372 330 17 25
CYMBALTA 359 219 18 44
TAMSULOSIN HCL 327 289 19 29
NAMENDA 307 294 20 34
NEXIUM 284 219 21 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 280 235 22 11
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 277 240 23 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 277 263 23 26
CARVEDILOL 247 184 25 21
CLOPIDOGREL 229 187 26 30
EXELON 224 222 27 106
DIGOXIN 216 185 28 55
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 211 171 29 33
CRESTOR 210 164 30 20
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 204 166 31 51
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 204 137 R 31 74
SINGULAIR 198 152 33 85
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 196 168 34 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 195 162 35 24
TRAMADOL HCL 190 165 36 16
CLONIDINE HCL 188 145 37 39
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 186 149 38 15
GLIPIZIDE 184 130 39 50
SPIRIVA 184 138 39 79
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 184 153 S3 39 4
PLAVIX 171 132 42 40
ROPINIROLE HCL 164 131 43 115
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 159 129 44 47
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 157 146 45 28
ALLOPURINOL 156 136 46 37
DIOVAN 156 130 46 35
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 149 126 48 66
VESICARE 145 112 49 154
BYSTOLIC 143 129 50 99
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 143 107 50 62
LANTUS 141 95 52 45
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 136 117 53 17
MELOXICAM 135 110 54 31
TRICOR 134 74 55 91
FAMOTIDINE 129 127 56 75
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 125 89 57 63
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 123 81 58 123
ADVAIR DISKUS 118 66 59 60
VENTOLIN HFA 117 71 60 173
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 117 90 R 60 68
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 114 88 62 46
MIRTAZAPINE 113 100 63 54
SPIRONOLACTONE 111 73 64 70
AZITHROMYCIN 106 83 65 38
DIOVAN HCT 103 82 66 61
FINASTERIDE 101 101 67 102
LEVOFLOXACIN 100 81 68 57
JANUMET 97 72 69 131
TRILIPIX 93 52 70 160
KLOR-CON M20 93 80 70 90
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 91 72 72 153
TRAZODONE HCL 88 75 73 43
LOVASTATIN 87 77 74 41
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 83 63 75 49
LYRICA 83 53 75 69
FLUOXETINE HCL 82 57 77 83
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 80 56 78 101
VERAPAMIL ER 79 60 79 104
TIZANIDINE HCL 78 55 80 133
AVODART 77 77 81 151
RISPERIDONE 76 62 82 72
HUMULIN R 74 61 83 233
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 74 63 83 94
NAPROXEN 73 54 85 80
PROAIR HFA 73 51 85 71
DEXILANT 73 36 85 186
JANUVIA 72 49 88 48
EVISTA 72 67 88 125
HUMALOG 70 34 90 166
FLUCONAZOLE 69 57 91 199
PREDNISONE 69 55 91 42
LEVETIRACETAM 68 35 93 103
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 66 56 94 136
BENAZEPRIL HCL 66 43 94 77
HUMULIN N 65 54 96 267
FENOFIBRATE 61 58 97 65
SEROQUEL 61 49 97 143
RANITIDINE HCL 61 51 97 56
GLYBURIDE 61 41 R 97 58
DOXEPIN HCL 61 56 97 248
LEXAPRO 60 42 102 198
EXFORGE 59 59 103 159
ABILIFY 59 24 103 172
PAROXETINE HCL 59 49 103 84
DILTIAZEM ER 59 49 103 182
HYDRALAZINE HCL 59 45 103 59
PROMETHAZINE HCL 57 49 R 108 96
PROPRANOLOL HCL 56 35 109 164
PRIMIDONE 56 42 109 287
INSULIN SYRINGE 56 22 109 86
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 56 43 109 88
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 55 48 113 290
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 54 53 114 146
LOVAZA 52 34 115 97
LEVEMIR 51 39 116 135
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 April 18, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.