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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,234Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 106 out of 2888

$1.65M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 50 out of 2888

895 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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

20% of this provider’s 895 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 17,164 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

$86 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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 871 770 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 844 772 2 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 638 543 S3 3 4
LISINOPRIL 576 484 4 3
FUROSEMIDE 517 451 5 6
METFORMIN HCL 480 411 6 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 471 454 7 5
NAMENDA 393 391 8 34
OMEPRAZOLE 359 347 9 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 309 279 10 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 298 277 11 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 294 275 12 23
GABAPENTIN 285 226 13 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 264 264 14 26
MIRTAZAPINE 254 237 15 54
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 223 184 16 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 208 194 17 10
NOVOLIN R 198 195 18 109
GLIPIZIDE ER 190 175 19 107
LANTUS 185 168 20 45
NEXIUM 182 161 21 19
CRESTOR 160 134 22 20
DIOVAN 159 141 23 35
LACTULOSE 158 154 24 111
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 151 139 25 9
NABUMETONE 150 121 26 204
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 148 140 27 93
TRAMADOL HCL 144 125 28 16
EXELON 141 141 29 106
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 139 129 30 67
FAMOTIDINE 134 134 31 75
TAMSULOSIN HCL 130 130 32 29
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 127 127 33 113
LEVOFLOXACIN 127 113 33 57
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 118 116 35 62
TRICOR 116 92 36 91
WARFARIN SODIUM 115 109 37 22
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 115 106 37 95
CELEBREX 114 111 39 89
GLIMEPIRIDE 111 95 40 36
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 108 103 41 18
KLOR-CON M20 108 108 41 90
MECLIZINE HCL 108 103 41 122
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 102 99 44 33
RISPERIDONE 100 96 45 72
CARVEDILOL 98 92 46 21
CLOPIDOGREL 96 96 47 30
CYMBALTA 95 72 48 44
CITALOPRAM HBR 93 77 49 24
LEVEMIR 93 90 49 135
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 70 51 46
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 77 51 15
CLONIDINE HCL 89 86 53 39
NAPROXEN 88 76 54 80
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 86 74 55 47
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 84 66 56 112
IBUPROFEN 84 61 56 87
KLOR-CON M10 81 77 58 118
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 80 47 59 128
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 79 73 60 116
DIOVAN HCT 79 70 60 61
SERTRALINE HCL 78 75 62 27
PREDNISONE 77 65 63 42
HYDRALAZINE HCL 76 64 64 59
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 74 74 65 66
LEVETIRACETAM 73 59 66 103
BYSTOLIC 73 68 66 99
ACTOS 70 68 68 108
PLAVIX 67 67 69 40
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 65 34 70 156
BENAZEPRIL HCL 65 59 70 77
VENLAFAXINE HCL 65 54 70 246
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 64 52 73 291
NIFEDIPINE ER 63 61 74 76
FENOFIBRATE 63 47 74 65
ALLOPURINOL 62 45 76 37
RANITIDINE HCL 62 39 76 56
SEROQUEL XR 61 54 78 271
PEN NEEDLE 61 33 78 110
VESICARE 60 49 80 154
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 60 38 80 88
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 60 52 80 136
CEFPROZIL 59 51 83 344
PAROXETINE HCL 57 53 84 84
CYPROHEPTADINE HCL 56 56 R 85 472
TRAZODONE HCL 55 55 86 43
JANUVIA 55 52 86 48
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 54 54 88 100
ARICEPT 54 54 88 414
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 54 46 R 88 68
MEGESTROL ACETATE 53 53 R 91 140
MELOXICAM 52 46 92 31
EXFORGE 52 49 92 159
NIFEDICAL XL 51 50 94 190
NITROFURANTOIN 51 47 94 241
PROMETHAZINE HCL 51 51 R 94 96
COMBIVENT 50 41 97 177
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 May 29, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.