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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,423Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 202 out of 2888

$1.02M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 208 out of 2888

551 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
39% 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

23% of this provider’s 551 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 13,538 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 891 806 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 565 490 2 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 511 401 S3 3 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 492 467 4 5
LISINOPRIL 427 378 5 3
FUROSEMIDE 361 326 6 6
OMEPRAZOLE 357 338 7 7
GABAPENTIN 305 262 8 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 290 254 9 18
METFORMIN HCL 275 257 10 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 246 237 11 10
LOVASTATIN 245 245 12 41
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 242 207 13 15
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 225 188 14 32
PREDNISONE 225 202 14 42
ATENOLOL 223 214 16 25
CRESTOR 218 180 17 20
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 206 175 R 18 68
WARFARIN SODIUM 205 203 19 22
CARVEDILOL 205 183 19 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 200 177 21 9
PROAIR HFA 190 170 22 71
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 187 181 23 11
PAROXETINE HCL 169 128 24 84
JANUVIA 168 141 25 48
FELODIPINE ER 167 165 26 175
NEXIUM 156 112 27 19
DIOVAN 145 127 28 35
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 143 142 29 28
DONEPEZIL HCL 142 142 30 26
ALLOPURINOL 133 129 31 37
SINGULAIR 116 110 32 85
TRICOR 110 96 33 91
FENOFIBRATE 109 89 34 65
CLOPIDOGREL 107 106 35 30
PLAVIX 107 103 35 40
GLIPIZIDE 106 90 37 50
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 106 84 37 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 105 71 39 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 104 82 40 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 102 98 41 12
TRAMADOL HCL 102 92 41 16
SPIRIVA 102 101 41 79
CITALOPRAM HBR 98 78 44 24
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 97 85 45 88
GLIMEPIRIDE 96 88 46 36
RANITIDINE HCL 95 85 47 56
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 95 81 47 33
ZETIA 93 81 49 81
TAMSULOSIN HCL 90 89 50 29
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 78 69 51 95
BENICAR 75 73 52 138
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 71 68 53 47
ADVAIR DISKUS 70 69 54 60
SUCRALFATE 63 45 55 187
FINASTERIDE 61 61 56 102
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 55 57 46
JANTOVEN 58 58 58 163
PREMARIN 56 45 R 59 129
MELOXICAM 54 44 60 31
VESICARE 54 54 60 154
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 53 53 62 153
DIGOXIN 51 51 63 55
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 51 51 63 202
BENAZEPRIL HCL 51 51 63 77
DIOVAN HCT 50 50 66 61
LACTULOSE 50 49 66 111
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 June 4, 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.