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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,835Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 822 out of 2888

$503K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 843 out of 2888

488 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
92% 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

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 6,346 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

$64 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 463 368 1 1
LISINOPRIL 403 329 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 369 315 3 5
METFORMIN HCL 364 277 4 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 277 239 5 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 253 207 6 12
DIOVAN 204 192 7 35
NEXIUM 164 145 8 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 157 129 9 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 156 120 10 15
SIMVASTATIN 143 108 11 2
GLIPIZIDE ER 141 115 12 107
SERTRALINE HCL 140 118 13 27
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 140 135 13 23
OMEPRAZOLE 133 100 15 7
DIOVAN HCT 129 101 16 61
ATENOLOL 127 97 17 25
GABAPENTIN 120 101 18 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 119 88 19 10
FUROSEMIDE 110 82 20 6
ZETIA 103 90 21 81
CARVEDILOL 101 64 22 21
AZITHROMYCIN 87 69 23 38
CRESTOR 87 76 23 20
PLAVIX 85 72 25 40
LIPITOR 81 67 26 78
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 80 80 27 46
TRAMADOL HCL 77 64 28 16
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 74 59 29 47
ALLOPURINOL 73 50 30 37
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 71 53 31 209
HYDRALAZINE HCL 71 52 31 59
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 69 43 33 226
LOVAZA 68 59 34 97
JANUVIA 67 62 35 48
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 64 57 36 11
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 50 37 28
CLOPIDOGREL 53 36 38 30
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 Dec. 18, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.