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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,149Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 186 out of 2888

$1.18M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 140 out of 2888

809 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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

19% of this provider’s 809 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 13,284 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$73 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,003 683 S3 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 960 857 2 2
CARVEDILOL 824 711 3 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 792 675 4 5
QUINAPRIL HCL 392 354 5 179
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 390 363 6 18
EXFORGE 345 326 7 159
LISINOPRIL 281 244 8 3
GABAPENTIN 269 241 9 13
METFORMIN HCL ER 257 237 10 53
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 249 230 11 1
OMEPRAZOLE 234 183 12 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 233 206 13 9
ALLOPURINOL 228 219 14 37
FUROSEMIDE 218 207 15 6
CARISOPRODOL 213 129 R 16 82
JANUVIA 206 162 17 48
NAPROXEN 194 163 18 80
ALPRAZOLAM 194 158 18 214
JANUMET 192 158 20 131
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 183 144 21 33
DIOVAN 183 171 21 35
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 179 166 23 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 174 111 24 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 167 167 25 23
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 164 150 26 95
TAMSULOSIN HCL 154 154 27 29
AVODART 150 146 28 151
FINASTERIDE 145 143 29 102
WARFARIN SODIUM 136 112 30 22
ACTOS 132 110 31 108
TIZANIDINE HCL 120 67 32 133
TRAMADOL HCL 118 77 33 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 118 104 33 67
ADVAIR DISKUS 106 79 35 60
CRESTOR 103 91 36 20
METFORMIN HCL 93 78 37 8
IBUPROFEN 92 84 38 87
LOVAZA 89 86 39 97
LYRICA 86 30 40 69
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 85 77 41 32
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 84 75 42 12
LORAZEPAM 83 71 43 353
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 80 64 S3 44 147
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 80 78 44 10
DIOVAN HCT 79 64 46 61
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 79 43 46 92
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 79 74 46 14
PLAVIX 77 62 49 40
SERTRALINE HCL 77 56 49 27
NEXIUM 75 42 51 19
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 74 53 52 46
LANTUS 74 66 52 45
VESICARE 73 53 54 154
CLOPIDOGREL 72 61 55 30
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 71 53 56 120
PEN NEEDLE 71 47 56 110
PREMARIN 68 54 R 58 129
ATELVIA 68 68 58 201
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 68 55 58 123
DONEPEZIL HCL 66 64 61 26
CYMBALTA 65 29 62 44
SPIRIVA 64 42 63 79
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 49 64 15
AZITHROMYCIN 61 54 65 38
ACTOPLUS MET 60 50 66 349
EVISTA 56 55 67 125
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 56 47 67 47
ACTONEL 55 51 69 149
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 54 24 70 128
VENTOLIN HFA 52 33 71 173
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 50 39 72 66
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 16, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.