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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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41,200Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 2888

$3.15M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 2888

2,119 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
61% 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

2% of this provider’s 2,119 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 2,119 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 31,640 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$76 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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 1,507 1,259 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 1,361 1,053 2 2
LISINOPRIL 1,076 886 3 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 969 649 S3 4 4
FUROSEMIDE 958 844 5 6
OMEPRAZOLE 910 659 6 7
METFORMIN HCL 839 662 7 8
GABAPENTIN 789 620 8 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 786 676 9 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 760 655 10 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 746 590 11 9
CRESTOR 705 526 12 20
TRAMADOL HCL 665 479 13 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 577 439 14 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 527 354 15 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 513 485 16 26
ATENOLOL 483 369 17 25
CARVEDILOL 450 374 18 21
MELOXICAM 449 350 19 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 443 258 20 17
DIOVAN 440 363 21 35
NEXIUM 422 308 22 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 422 361 22 29
NAMENDA 377 366 24 34
WARFARIN SODIUM 367 325 25 22
LANTUS 335 278 26 45
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 310 224 27 32
CLOPIDOGREL 309 261 28 30
CYMBALTA 309 202 28 44
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 304 270 30 12
GLIMEPIRIDE 301 263 31 36
SERTRALINE HCL 296 201 32 27
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 289 247 33 62
TRAZODONE HCL 285 201 34 43
SPIRIVA 282 237 35 79
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 275 222 36 18
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 272 195 37 33
TRILIPIX 269 187 38 160
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 267 179 39 15
NOVOLOG 259 218 40 114
PREDNISONE 255 198 41 42
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 252 221 42 66
LEVOFLOXACIN 247 203 43 57
AZITHROMYCIN 243 190 44 38
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 237 183 45 11
TRICOR 231 164 46 91
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 214 136 47 100
PLAVIX 213 188 48 40
DIOVAN HCT 212 146 49 61
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 205 172 50 47
ALLOPURINOL 203 176 51 37
LYRICA 192 89 52 69
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 188 128 53 28
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 185 164 54 67
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 183 154 55 23
LEVETIRACETAM 182 107 56 103
RANITIDINE HCL 180 107 57 56
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 180 104 57 92
DIGOXIN 179 157 59 55
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 177 134 60 120
NIASPAN 176 118 61 127
VESICARE 175 166 62 154
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 172 137 63 49
MIRTAZAPINE 171 132 64 54
RISPERIDONE 167 103 65 72
LOVAZA 164 85 66 97
EXFORGE 164 155 66 159
ADVAIR DISKUS 161 101 68 60
JANUMET 158 120 69 131
ABILIFY 156 69 70 172
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 155 114 71 88
ESTRADIOL 151 102 R 72 139
HUMALOG 150 104 73 166
LACTULOSE 148 105 74 111
PROAIR HFA 147 91 75 71
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 142 116 76 136
SPIRONOLACTONE 140 98 77 70
FLUOXETINE HCL 139 107 78 83
JANUVIA 135 114 79 48
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 133 108 80 112
CEPHALEXIN 132 116 81 119
FENOFIBRATE 131 89 82 65
SYNTHROID 128 95 83 52
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 123 83 R 84 74
SINGULAIR 119 73 85 85
BYSTOLIC 117 84 86 99
EXFORGE HCT 113 78 87 303
PROPRANOLOL HCL 113 81 87 164
LOVASTATIN 112 104 89 41
PROMETHAZINE HCL 111 70 R 90 96
KLOR-CON M10 106 97 91 118
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 106 95 91 146
PAROXETINE HCL 105 77 93 84
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 105 95 93 113
FINASTERIDE 101 96 95 102
LIPITOR 101 77 95 78
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 100 85 97 93
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 100 64 97 128
RAMIPRIL 99 79 99 73
AMIODARONE HCL 96 95 100 167
ZETIA 96 57 100 81
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 95 76 102 101
PEN NEEDLE 92 51 103 110
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 92 71 103 202
LEXAPRO 92 81 103 198
MEGESTROL ACETATE 90 88 R 106 140
GLIPIZIDE 90 71 106 50
NYSTATIN 88 74 108 178
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 87 58 109 46
VYTORIN 87 60 109 155
INSULIN SYRINGE 86 59 111 86
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 86 56 111 220
AVODART 85 77 113 151
BACLOFEN 85 34 113 121
CLONIDINE HCL 84 57 115 39
DETROL LA 84 54 115 192
JANTOVEN 84 71 115 163
LEVEMIR 82 68 118 135
KLOR-CON M20 82 63 118 90
TOPIRAMATE 80 47 120 206
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 79 57 121 156
PREMARIN 79 50 R 121 129
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 78 68 123 132
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 78 43 R 123 68
DEXILANT 76 56 125 186
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 76 61 125 51
BENAZEPRIL HCL 74 69 127 77
SEROQUEL 74 65 127 143
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 73 70 129 150
BENICAR 73 49 129 138
FLUCONAZOLE 70 40 131 199
MUPIROCIN 69 60 132 184
AGGRENOX 68 41 133 223
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 68 49 133 153
METFORMIN HCL ER 67 67 135 53
IBUPROFEN 67 33 135 87
GLYBURIDE 67 58 R 135 58
SEROQUEL XR 67 62 135 271
METRONIDAZOLE 66 49 139 256
SYMBICORT 66 50 139 142
FAMOTIDINE 65 49 141 75
LAMOTRIGINE 64 33 142 257
TIZANIDINE HCL 64 29 142 133
OLANZAPINE 64 46 142 137
PRISTIQ ER 63 37 145 343
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 63 63 145 94
EXELON 61 60 147 106
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 60 29 148 171
FENTANYL 57 47 S2 149 126
NASONEX 56 30 150 168
CEFDINIR 55 37 151 194
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 55 51 151 162
JALYN 55 44 151 406
VERAPAMIL ER 54 27 154 104
CELEBREX 53 33 155 89
SUCRALFATE 53 43 155 187
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 53 51 155 134
CARBAMAZEPINE 51 38 158 217
VENTOLIN HFA 51 29 158 173
SANTYL 51 45 158 210
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 51 51 158 188
PRADAXA 50 44 162 273
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 Nov. 10, 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.