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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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26,177Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 36 out of 2888

$1.23M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 129 out of 2888

743 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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

38% of this provider’s 743 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 18,969 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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 1,613 1,000 S3 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 1,411 1,133 2 2
LISINOPRIL 1,029 774 3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 831 648 4 5
OMEPRAZOLE 790 603 5 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 771 625 6 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 663 532 7 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 514 358 8 18
FUROSEMIDE 503 366 9 6
CLOPIDOGREL 492 357 10 30
TRAMADOL HCL 413 321 11 16
RANITIDINE HCL 404 283 12 56
IBUPROFEN 352 160 13 87
FENOFIBRATE 344 193 14 65
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 336 245 15 9
PLAVIX 332 248 16 40
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 328 275 17 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 323 260 18 14
METFORMIN HCL 315 225 19 8
CARVEDILOL 277 221 20 21
CARISOPRODOL 273 145 R 21 82
TAMSULOSIN HCL 262 227 22 29
ALLOPURINOL 252 208 23 37
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 246 119 R 24 68
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 246 195 24 51
GLIMEPIRIDE 245 195 26 36
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 243 160 27 12
SERTRALINE HCL 211 167 28 27
NEXIUM 208 141 29 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 208 183 29 26
HYDRALAZINE HCL 202 142 31 59
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 195 140 32 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 195 121 32 17
ALPRAZOLAM 194 104 34 214
GABAPENTIN 192 136 35 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 190 144 36 23
CLONIDINE HCL 190 88 36 39
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 189 152 38 46
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE 176 123 39 359
WARFARIN SODIUM 175 154 40 22
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 158 87 41 33
SPIRIVA 153 120 42 79
PAROXETINE HCL 151 83 43 84
AMIODARONE HCL 149 139 44 167
DIOVAN 142 131 45 35
PROMETHAZINE HCL 142 75 R 45 96
ATENOLOL 137 119 47 25
TIZANIDINE HCL 137 64 47 133
LANTUS 127 79 49 45
CRESTOR 126 84 50 20
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 126 100 50 47
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 125 82 52 92
CITALOPRAM HBR 114 61 53 24
GLYBURIDE 110 88 R 54 58
AZITHROMYCIN 109 74 55 38
CEFADROXIL 108 75 56 418
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 105 85 57 49
NATEGLINIDE 105 76 57 274
ZETIA 102 64 59 81
LEVETIRACETAM 102 49 59 103
NAMENDA 100 100 61 34
HUMALOG 93 67 62 166
EXELON 93 81 62 106
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 91 85 64 94
TEMAZEPAM 91 59 64 383
COMBIVENT 88 83 66 177
KLOR-CON M10 87 71 67 118
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 86 58 68 66
PREDNISONE 86 67 68 42
LOVASTATIN 84 72 70 41
INSULIN SYRINGE 82 41 71 86
GEMFIBROZIL 78 62 72 98
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 77 50 73 128
ZEMPLAR 76 63 74 507
FLUOXETINE HCL 74 16 75 83
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 74 51 75 88
AMOXICILLIN 73 55 77 117
TRICOR 73 71 77 91
DIGOXIN 72 71 79 55
SPIRONOLACTONE 71 67 80 70
ROPINIROLE HCL 69 41 81 115
ADVAIR DISKUS 69 51 81 60
LYRICA 67 48 83 69
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 67 58 83 67
VENTOLIN HFA 67 36 83 173
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 65 57 86 32
SINGULAIR 64 45 87 85
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 62 58 88 113
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 61 35 R 89 74
MELOXICAM 61 46 89 31
RAMIPRIL 59 57 91 73
NOVOLOG 59 52 91 114
METHOCARBAMOL 59 34 R 91 176
TRILIPIX 58 44 94 160
CHLORZOXAZONE 57 29 R 95 563
HUMULIN N 57 25 95 267
TRAZODONE HCL 57 18 95 43
BENAZEPRIL HCL 56 55 98 77
FAMOTIDINE 56 45 98 75
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 55 49 R 100 64
RISPERIDONE 55 44 100 72
NIFEDIPINE ER 55 42 100 76
GLIPIZIDE 53 37 103 50
DICYCLOMINE HCL 52 17 104 224
DILTIAZEM ER 52 32 104 182
MEGESTROL ACETATE 52 52 R 104 140
PEN NEEDLE 50 39 107 110
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 July 6, 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.