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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,937Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 112 out of 2888

$1.65M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 51 out of 2888

1,156 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
21% 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

1% of this provider’s 1,156 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 1,156 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 17,907 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

$87 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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 832 796 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 732 714 2 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 723 639 S3 3 4
LISINOPRIL 557 534 4 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 538 519 5 5
CRESTOR 521 481 6 20
OMEPRAZOLE 467 454 7 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 401 395 8 9
ETODOLAC 394 372 9 170
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 393 391 10 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 319 308 11 29
TRAMADOL HCL 308 302 12 16
SERTRALINE HCL 298 268 13 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 294 257 14 17
FUROSEMIDE 262 249 15 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 240 213 16 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 218 213 17 18
METFORMIN HCL 210 191 18 8
SINGULAIR 207 198 19 85
METFORMIN HCL ER 204 189 20 53
NAMENDA 196 196 21 34
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 189 178 22 10
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 188 173 23 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 186 173 24 11
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 178 172 25 47
DONEPEZIL HCL 172 172 26 26
WARFARIN SODIUM 170 170 27 22
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 167 159 28 153
GABAPENTIN 161 148 29 13
ATENOLOL 157 149 30 25
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 157 149 30 46
SYNTHROID 146 136 32 52
FENOFIBRATE 144 134 33 65
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 142 138 34 15
DIOVAN 139 134 35 35
GLIMEPIRIDE 131 126 36 36
LEVOFLOXACIN 128 118 37 57
CYMBALTA 125 117 38 44
JANUVIA 124 121 39 48
ACTONEL 123 123 40 149
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 117 114 41 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 115 111 42 12
ATELVIA 115 112 42 201
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 108 107 44 33
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 105 93 R 45 68
ALLOPURINOL 104 102 46 37
MELOXICAM 104 99 46 31
CARVEDILOL 103 99 48 21
NEXIUM 100 94 49 19
AVODART 97 93 50 151
TRAZODONE HCL 96 89 51 43
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 93 87 52 32
CLOPIDOGREL 90 86 53 30
ADVAIR DISKUS 89 84 54 60
JANUMET 87 86 55 131
GLIPIZIDE ER 87 87 55 107
CELEBREX 82 82 57 89
DIOVAN HCT 81 81 58 61
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 81 67 58 92
EVISTA 78 78 60 125
PLAVIX 78 78 60 40
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 76 72 62 112
LIPITOR 76 76 62 78
ZOSTAVAX 75 72 64 221
PAROXETINE HCL 72 72 65 84
TEMAZEPAM 72 58 65 383
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 71 69 67 94
PEN NEEDLE 70 50 68 110
FINASTERIDE 68 64 69 102
ANTARA 67 54 70 395
GLYBURIDE 64 58 R 71 58
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 63 60 72 67
PRADAXA 62 62 73 273
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 59 48 R 74 74
DEXILANT 58 54 75 186
PREDNISONE 58 56 75 42
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 58 58 75 62
EXFORGE 57 54 78 159
BENICAR HCT 56 56 79 181
FORTEO 54 44 80 292
SPIRONOLACTONE 54 54 80 70
BYSTOLIC 54 54 80 99
PREMARIN 54 54 R 80 129
FLUOXETINE HCL 53 53 84 83
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 53 53 84 202
ESTRADIOL 53 46 R 84 139
ACTOS 52 44 87 108
BENICAR 52 50 87 138
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 March 29, 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.